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At the heart of English folk

About us

A world-class dedicated folk arts centre, Cecil Sharp House is at the heart of English folk.

With a unique history stretching back to 1930, the venue - owned and managed by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) - is a memorial to the folk music and dance collector Cecil Sharp. Vibrant and diverse, Cecil Sharp House exists to serve its wide and diverse audiences, engaging with art lovers (oft times folk art lovers) through unique and inspiring artistic events, and creative learning.

The iconic Grade II listed building is home to EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, England's national collection of folk music and dance.

 

Folk sounds best at Cecil Sharp House

Twice voted second best live music venue in London by Time Out readers

One of the most legendary and historic venues in London, Cecil Sharp House has served as a location for films, television programmes and fashion shoots. The roster is packed with barn dances, ceilidhs, traditional folk luminaries and the occasional ukulele shenanigan. The House has also played host to some of the biggest names in folk and popular music including Martin & Eliza Carthy, Davy Graham, Mumford & Sons, Bellowhead, Laura Marling, Graham Coxon, and Goldfrapp.

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