The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Cecil Sharp's People.org.uk – A valuable New resource

Cecil Sharp's People.org.uk – A valuable New resource

David Sutcliffe is a member of Taunton Deane Morris Men (25 years and still standing) and he's just launched a new website www.cecilsharpspeople.org.uk

He hopes eventually to upload biographical sketches of the singers, dancers and musicians that Sharp met over the years as he travelled around England collecting folk music and dance between 1903-23. You can read about the lives of over 650 individuals in hundreds of locations. They were working people – agricultural labourers, glovers, laundresses, sailors, shoemakers etc. Their stories should be told!

Sharp was a good oral historian who left us many statements and clues. His photos are reproduced where possible in the biographies with the kind permission of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

It's a 'work in progress’. The research by David Sutcliffe is ongoing but it's well underway. A Maltwood grant from the Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society has supported this project and the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London made available its library resources and staff time. 

You are able to search by first name, surname or both, by alternative names or nicknames, by area such as 'Hambridge', or just browse the extensive directory. Feedback and corrections are welcomed (via his site’s Contacts page).

Please dip into the rich social history of these pages !