EFDSS ONLINE Youth Folk Sampler Days
Presented by the English Folk Dance and Song Society
In partnership with Tenterden Folk Festival and Kent Music


Sunday 31st May 2020
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aged 12–18?
Play an instrument confidently?
Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making?

Sign up for a free place at this Youth Folk Sampler Day.
Play by ear and develop your creativity
Be inspired by top musicians
Explore folk music
Find out about the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Each Sampler Day of creative music-making features
• workshops with superb musicians who are also highly experienced educators
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• an optional short audition if you are aged 14+ and want to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble 

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument.
All playing and learning will be done by ear.

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Find out more:


Booking is essential. 

Sign up at www.efdss.org/youthfolk

Public update on Youth Folk Sampler Days 27.03.20
We are happy to say that our Youth Folk Sampler Days will happen online in May 2020! We have cancelled the events scheduled in venues due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are encouraging young musicians to take part from home. 
The National Youth Folk Ensemble team will deliver virtual workshops introducing young musicians to folk tunes, techniques and creative ideas. We are planning a mix of pre-recorded tutorials and interactive activities using readily available online technology. 

Young musicians can still audition for the 2020-21 National Youth Folk Ensemble by registering for a Youth Folk Sampler Day. We hope that the final auditions will still happen in person at Cecil Sharp House on 11 and 12 July 2020. If this is not possible, we will organise alternative provision.

Please register for your preferred Sampler Day date.
Each date is still tied to the venue where it would have taken place – but wherever you live in England, you can now apply for any of the eight dates. 

We will send you further details about the workshops and auditions as soon as we can. 


We hope.

Tenterden Folk Festival 2020

Four days of folk song, music, dance, 

craft and traditions

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th October 2020

  • COVID-19 and Tenterden Folk Festival 2020

    We are, of course, monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and Governemt advise and new guidance as it is issued. As the Festival is not unitl October we are, at least at present, continuing to assume that Tenterden Folk Festival 2020 WILL HAPPEN.

    Our advice at this time is to follow the Govement and NHS advice until we come out the other.side .

  • The Wilson Family for Tenterden Folk Festival 2020

    We are crowdfunding to help bring The Wilson Family to Tenterden Folk Festival 2020. You can help by supporting our campaign and could also win Full Weekend Tickets to the festival.
    Use the link below to go to the fundraising page.

  • Would you like to join our team of volunteers?

    A large number of volunteers are needed to run the festival and this is one of the most important roles.   Primarily it will involve monitoring door entry and selling tickets for the events, collecting money at pub song and music sessions where necessary, in the town centre and on the Recreation ground, helping on the camp site with arrivals, manning the Ticket Office and generally helping out where necessary.
    To find out more click on "Would you like to join our team" above

  • Youth workshops

    Tenterden Folk Festival has been awarded a grant to run a series of workshops on folk song, music and dance in schools in and around Tenterden. The Overstone Fund and Kent Community Foundation are funding this project.  The aim is to get the children and youths actively involved in singing, playing music and taking part in Morris dancing.     

  • Monthly song and music session

    We also run a monthly sing-a-round style folk song and music session  at The William Caxton on the second Tuesday of every month.  Click on picture to go to the "Tenterden Folk Club" page.

  • Around Kent Folk magazine

    AKF is now published six times per year by Tenterden Folk Festival. Your FREE guide to folk events in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and beyond.  Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan.

  • Honorary Patrons

    Jacqui McShee, singer with Pentangle and Take3, and Sussex singer and song collector Shirley Collins are Honorary Patron of Tenterden Folk Festival.

  • Festival procession

    Do not miss the procession of Morris sides and other folk dance display teams on Saturday at Tenterden Folk Festival.

  • Concerts, sing-a-rounds, etc

    Concerts, barn dance, sing-a-rounds, music sessions and workshops are a popular feature of the festival

  • Other cultures

    We include relevant groups from overseas and UK based groups performing music and dance from other cultures.  Pictured are 4 x 4 Bhangra Dancers from Kent.  Guests have come from Romania, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Gambia, South Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and the USA.

  • Young folk

    We also aim to showcase younger folk singers, musicians and dancers. Pictured is a team of children performing traditional Slovakian folk dances.

  • Dance displays

    Tanglefoot Appalachian are regular visitors to the festival where they join around 60 other dance display teams and Morris sides.  There is a festival procession along the High street on Saturday.

  • Crafts and stalls

    Large marquees on the Recreation Ground are now home to the craft fair and other stalls as well as the free music stage and dance stage.  
    Street stalls also line the lower High Street.

  • Past guests

    Past guests at the festival are too numerous to list but have included many of the top names on the folk scene from Martin Carthy to Shirley Collins, John Kirkpatrick, Jez Lowe, Ashley Hutchings, Ian Campbell, Pete Coe, Roy Harris and many others.  Our policy is also to include many of the folk musicians who still tour the clubs, festivals and art centres. 

  • Visit Tenterden & Ashford

    Check out the new Visit Ashford and Tenterden website

  • My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary

    The My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary (What's On) for local business and the local community went live in June 2016. Free listings for community groups, clubs and societies. A fantastic new website for Tenterden, and a brand new Tenterden app. More entries being added every day.

  • Find us on social media

    Your can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Linked In
    Follow the links on our "Contacts us" page

                         Tenterden Folk Festival: promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions: Charity No. 1038663                

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