Cecil Sharp Project

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The Cecil Sharp Project was a multi-artist, residential commission to create new material based on the life and collections of the founding father of the English Folk Revival Cecil Sharp.

The residential took place in March 2011, immediately followed by concerts in Shrewsbury and London, with the artists also performing the results of the project at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August 2011.

The project was a joint commission between Shrewsbury Folk Festival and EFDSS, the overall management of the project was the responsibility of Shrewsbury Folk Festival and was directed by Neil Pearson and Alan Surtees.


The eight musicians selected for the project were

  1. Steve Knightley
  2. Jim Moray
  3. Jackie Oates
  4. Andy Cutting
  5. Patsy Reid
  6. Caroline Herring
  7. Kathryn Roberts
  8. Leonard Podolak


  • March 18–25, 2011. Residential at Acton Scott, Shropshire
  • March 24, 2011. Performance at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
  • March 26, 2011. Performance at Cecil Sharp House, London
  • March 27, 2011. Performance at Cecil Sharp House, London
  • August 28, 2011. Performance at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury


The initial three performances were recorded for a CD release, with a release date 30 August 2011. As with the Shrewsbury Folk Festival's previous commission, the Darwin Song Project, the CD was mixed by Stu Hanna,


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