The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a new digital archive called The Full English. The archive contains material from early-twentieth-century English folk arts, including 44,000 recordings and 58,000 images.

The Full English brings together 19 collections into one information hub. As well as the archive, The Full English will also provide workshops, lectures and training. A new music project has also been commissioned by the initiative, which will lead to a disc release and a tour.

Playwright Lee Hall said of the archive: ‘The Full English is possibly the most exciting and significant thing to happen to British folk music in at least a generation. To give everyone the keys to the archive of our common heritage British folk music will be an invaluable inspiration to generations of musicians and writers.’

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