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The Festival of Village Carols

Saturday 29 November 2014

will be held at the

Grenoside Community Centre, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR

Guests:

The Padstow Carollers from Cornwall

The Foolow Carollers from Derbyshire

The Carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth, near Sheffield

Bookings from 1st October

Festival of Village Carols, P. O. Box 2099, Sheffield S35 0XU

Enquiries: 01224 645486

Because postage costs have risen so considerably, and most people will be able to access information they need from the internet, there will no longer be a mass mailing to announce the Festival. Instead, the Booking Form will only be available on this website.

For those who prefer the information in hard copy form, please make a specific request, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, preferably before the September of the Festival year (ie - September 2014 and thereafter), to Ian and Norma Russell at the usual address above.

As usual, the Booking Form will be available here on 1st October 2014.

 

 

 

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:
 

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interviewing carol singers about their traditions and recording the actual singing (preferably, in the correct context);
 

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investigating record offices, libraries and archives for relevant references to local singing and music manuscripts.

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 singing traditions

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.

Ian Russell 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 Report and the Pictures.

The 2012 Festival was on Saturday 1 December 2012 in the Grenoside Community Centre.

Village Carols

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 ianrussell@abdn.ac.uk.

Formerly a 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.

Contact Address

Village Carols, PO Box 2099, Sheffield S35 0XU

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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.

The paperback edition is 15 and the hardback is 25.

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Details and Order Form, (as PDF file) etc.,  here

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The Sheffield Book of Village Carols
edited by Ian Russell

New Edition is now available
Details and Order Form, etc., here

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Currently available recordings and publications:

English Village Carols  -  CD
SFW CD 40476
see full details here


Brightest and Best  -  CD and Tape Set (both available)
Hark, Hark, What News - CD and Tape Set (both now available)

Also released on CD:

On This Delightful Morn:
Village Carols from Foolow in the Peak District
CD VC007

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Break Forth in Song!
Village Carols from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall

Village Carols CD VC011

Unfortunately, this CD is not now currently available

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Books

Of the three collections of carols, only the first Festival book 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.

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Download Order Form for Cassettes, CDs and Music Books:  pdf   Word  rtf

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About Village Carols

 
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Working with tradition

 
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Publications
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Village Carols Publications

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Cassettes

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Cds

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Music Books

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Latest Carol Book

 
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Break Forth in Song
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New CD from The Blue Ball

 
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Past Festivals
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Carols at Grenoside in 2002 and links to the Glen Rock Carolers

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Grenoside pictures 2002

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Festival of Carols 2004

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Festival of Carols in 2006

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Pictures of Carols in 2006

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Festival of Carols 2008

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Festival of Carols 2010

 

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Other traditional Groups
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The Kilmore Traditional Carol Singers from County Wexford, Ireland

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Plygain singing from Parti Bronheulog,Wales

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The Copper Family from East Sussex

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The Odcombe Carollers

 

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Location Maps

 
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Words and music indexes of the Sheffield carols
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Carol words - Index of first lines with links to words

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Tune Names - Index of tune names with links to words

 

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Links

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Pat Malham and Frazer Jarvis run a website especially for
Local Carols in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
This can be found at
http://www.localcarols.org.uk
 
  This is updated as information becomes available.

Site maintained for Village Carols
on behalf of the West Gallery Music Association
by Edwin Macadam
  Shelwin Music,
30 Eynsham Road, Botley,
Oxford, OX2 9BP.
Tel: 01865 865773
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