The Festival of Village
took place at the
Saturday 29th November
of Bob and Jacki Patten's talk can be found
and that given by Roger Gool of Padstow is in the course
of preparation, together with an account of the day.
On January 7th
2014 Ian Russell gave the 'Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture' at the
Library of Congress in Washington DC. The title
‘The Hidden Carols: A Christmas Singing Tradition in the English
This is viewable as a webcast via the following links
Village Carols is a non-profitmaking
organisation which exists to record and promote local carol singing
traditions. Its main roles are undertaking fieldwork and research,
organising the collection of source material, and promoting local
carol singing traditions.
Fieldwork and research
This takes two main forms:
Organising the collection of source material
The hundreds of
tape recordings and manuscripts are steadily being indexed and
organised into a usable archive for which there is public access.
The recordings of the carols are being copied and the copies placed
in the National Sound Archive (British Library) and in the Archives
of Cultural Tradition at the University of Sheffield.
Promoting local carol
This is largely
done through the production of the cassette/CD and book series. To
date, there are ten sets. For details, please see
Village Carols publications.
An order form is also downloadable on that page.
describes his approach to research, recording, documentation and
publication in a paper written for the Folklore Journal in 2006,
and reproduced here.
Festival of Village Carols
The Festival of
Village Carols is held every two years to celebrate the remarkable
carol singing traditions that flourish in the villages near
Sheffield, and elsewhere. The first Festival was in 1994, and, apart
from the year 2000, has always been held at the Community Centre in Grenoside.
To mark the
Millennium, the Festival took place on Saturday 2 December 2000 at
the Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield. The 2002 Festival featured the
Glen Rock Carolers from Pennsylvania, USA at Grenoside on Saturday
30 November 2002. See the
Festival was on Saturday 1 December 2012 in the Grenoside
is directed by Ian
Russell. He is Professor Emeritus at the
Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen, and can be
contacted by email via
primary headteacher, he was the Editor of
Folk Music Journal
from 1980 to 1993. Link
here to read a little more about
Dr. Ian Russell's work at Aberdeen and elsewhere.
Village Carols, PO Box 2099, Sheffield S35 0XU
The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols
edited by Ian Russell
It contains 85
carols, many of which have not previously published, from
10 different villages. They are presented in full score with
a piano reduction with an illustrated introduction, notes on the
carols, bibliography and index.
It forms a companion volume to The
Sheffield Book of Village Carols.
edition is £15 and the hardback is £25.
The Sheffield Book of Village Carols
edited by Ian Russell
New Edition is now
Details and Order Form, etc., here
available recordings and publications:
and Best - CD and Tape Set (both available)
Hark, Hark, What News - CD and Tape Set (both now available)
released on CD:
Village Carols from Foolow in the Peak District
Unfortunately, this CD is not now
Of the three
collections of carols, only the first
is still available, but all the South Yorkshire carols are available in the
Sheffield Book of Village Carols,
edited by Ian Russell.
We regret that
copies of all other publications and recordings are now
unavailable due to the demand for them.
Order Form for Cassettes,
CDs and Music Books: