Who collected English folk songs?
Cecil Sharp is the most famous of all English folk song collectors. He was not the first person to collect English folk songs, but he did much to promote English folk traditions and his collection is certainly the biggest at nearly 5,000 song tunes and texts.
Which composer revived the popularity of English folk songs?
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Perhaps the most successful of these composers was Ralph Vaughan Williams whose folk-influenced music is astoundingly beautiful, and enjoys immense popularity.
What instruments are used in English folk music?
Which instruments are involved in a folk group? Typical instrumentation for the folk music traditions of the British Isles commonly involves: voice, violin (known as the fiddle in the folk setting), acoustic guitar, flute, whistle, pipes, accordion, melodeon, mandolin, harmonica, and tenor banjo.
How many folk tunes did Ralph Vaughan Williams collect?
He collected his first song, Bushes and Briars in December 1903 at Ingrave in Essex and began lecturing in the subject that year. During the next ten years he went on to amass over 800 songs and carols, together with some singing games and country dance tunes, from East Anglia, Sussex and Herefordshire.
Did Ralph Vaughan Williams traveled around England collecting folk songs to incorporate into his music?
For 10 years he devoted up to 30 days a year to collecting folk songs from singers in 21 English counties, though Essex, Norfolk, Herefordshire and Sussex account for over two thirds of the songs in his collection.
How old is Greensleeves?
Greensleeves, composed anonymously in 1580, is a song which has been a magnet for fanciful claims. This article examines the claims that Henry VIII wrote it for Anne Boleyn; that Lady Greensleeves was a loose woman or a prostitute; and that the song has Irish origins.
When was the first folk revival?
The American folk music revival began during the 1940s and peaked in popularity in the mid-1960s.
Where does English folk music come from?
When English communities migrated to the United States, Canada and Australia, they brought their folk traditions with them, and many of the songs were preserved by immigrant communities.