The good folk at the English Folk Dance and Song Society are putting on a creative family folk arts festival to celebrate spring traditions at Cecil Sharp House in Camden on Saturday 12 May.
The afternoon event from 2pm to 5pm will feature music, dancing, arts & crafts and workshops, inspired by the theme of spring, May and maypoles.
May in a Day! will feature the scintillating singing and dancing group JigJaw (JigJaw is Janet Russell, Rosie Davis, Kerry Fletcher and Frances Watt. http://jigjaw.co.uk), as well as folk duo Megson performing a set from their new album of children’s folk songs.
Families can also take part in maypole dancing workshops, barn dancing, clog dancing taster sessions, arts, crafts workshops and much more.
May in a Day! is an annual event and is best suited for families with children aged 12 years and under.
Rachel Elliott, Education Director at EFDSS, said:
“May in a Day! is one of our most popular family events. It’s a fun and family focused with something for everyone regardless of their musical or dancing ability.
“Some families come back every year to join in and others find their first introduction to folk arts. Having Jigjaw and Megson performing as well will bring a great new dimension to May in a Day!.”
Under 18s and concessions £4
Children under 2 years FREE
Family groups (2 adults and 2 children / 1 adult and 3 children) £18 / £14 (concessions)
In person from Cecil Sharp House (9.30am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday)
Video & Song: Celebrating May
Jack-in-the-Green Festival, Hastings
MayDay in Lanreath in the Early 80s (silent movie), feel free to play the track underneath!
Main Photo: Taken by Thankfull Sturdee around 1906. Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green (as featured in Roy Judge’s book, The Jack-in-the-Green). This particular May Day celebration in Deptford was later stopped by Police. More details here