Alfred-inspired event featured a Wiltshire charity and the folk supergroup

Alfred Williams's folksong-collecting legacy was the inspiration for a concert involving Bellowhead and Wiltshire music charity Superstrings at Swindon's STEAM Museum in March 2012.

More than 120 young people from Wiltshire took part in the event (pictured above), of which the centrepiece was a suite of new songs written by Pete Flood, drummer and percussionist with folk supergroup Bellowhead, who also performed at the event (pictured below).

Pete's inspiration was the folk song lyrics of Alfred and his extraordinary life, and the event proved a huge success with a packed audience.

Superstrings is a charity which encourages young people across Wiltshire to take up and perform music, and the STEAM event was the culmination of weeks of planning and practice. Now folk workshops have become a regular part of Superstrings' activities.

Iona Hassan, assistant artistic director of Superstrings said: "We're continuing with the folk workshops in local schools and telling the children a bit more about Alfred Williams and his folk song collecting. We've reached around 200 kids this term, which has been excellent. And there will be more workshops next term, too."

The STEAM event was also the subject of a programme made by Radio 3 presenter Verity Sharp and broadcast on BBC Radio Wiltshire in July 2012, which featured music from the show and interviews, including one with Alfred Williams Heritage Society vice-chair, Graham Carter.

See the Swindon Advertiser's preview of the event, including an interview with Pete Flood.

In October 2012, Bellowhead's new album, Broadside, included an arrangement of a song collected by Alfred, called Betsy Baker, and composer Pete Flood paid tribute to Alfred in the CD sleeve notes.