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The first Alfred Williams Heritage Society Folksong Evening will take place on Tuesday, April 20, at the King and Queen pub, Longcot, starting at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).

It will be an entertaining and an educational evening, drawing together two strands of Alfred's life and work - his literary work and his efforts to preserve local folk songs.

Local folksingers will take turns to entertain with traditional folk music, including songs collected by Alfred Williams during his research for his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames, which he began in 1914. There will also be two demonstrations of traditional folk instruments - one for children (see below) and one for adults, with a chance to play the instruments yourself! The evening will also feature readings, including an explanation of why Alfred Williams was important in the preservation of traditional English folksong.

The event is being organised by the Alfred Williams Heritage Society, with the kind co-operation of the pub, plus local residents and folk arts enthusiasts John Forster and Chris Park.

We are keen for the event to have a semi-formal format, so folksingers who want to take part are encouraged to do so. It would help if anyone interested in being involved could contact us in advance (please email us).

Chris Park's workshop for children will run from 6pm to 7pm. It will introduce them to traditional folk music instruments and give them a chance to try the instruments for themselves. It is suitable for children of all ages, but numbers are limited to 12. There is a charge of 5 per child (payable on the night). To reserve a place, please email us with your child's name.

There will be an entry charge of 7.50 per person to the main event, which includes a jacket potato meal. All proceeds from the evening will go to society funds, including money raised through a raffle that will be held on the night.

TICKETS MAY NO LONGER BE BOUGHT ONLINE. PLEASE PAY AT THE DOOR.


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