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Sharp, Cecil James,

1859–1924, English musician, best known for his researches in English folk music. In 1911 he founded the English Folk Dance Society. In the United States he collected (1914–18) folk songs in the Appalachian Mts., where he found many songs of English origin. His numerous anthologies include English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachian Mountains (with O.D. Campbell, 1917; 3d ed. by Maud Karpeles, 1960) and American-English Folk Songs (1918). He wrote English Folk Song: Some Conclusions (1907, 4th ed. 1965) and, with A. P. Oppé, The Dance: An Historical Survey of Dancing in Europe (1924).

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See biography by A. H. Fox Strangways and M. Karpeles (rev. ed. 1967).

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The idea of launching a Memorial Fund to commemorate the work of Cecil Sharp had been raised at a special meeting of the EFDS committee which took place on 1 July 1924, one week after Sharp's death.
To take one of the most egregious examples, the entry for Handsworth--whose sword dancers are justly famous and who continue to dance to the present day--consists almost entirely of the notes made by Cecil Sharp and nothing more.
The album and live performance draws from this treasure of English heritage and breathes new life into traditional songs and tunes originally collected by the likes of Cecil Sharp, Percy Grainger, Lucy Broadwood and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
She is also the only American representative for the prestigious Cecil Sharp Project, a group of musicians commissioned to research and create new music based on the life and collections of the man known as the founding father of the English Folk Revival movement.
The Full English, which includes former Mercury Prize nominee Seth Lakeman and 23-time BBC2 Folk Award nominee Martin Simpson, first came together for a one-off performance at the home of English folk music, Cecil Sharp House, in London, this summer.
Under the auspices of the EFDSS (English Folk Dance & Song Society) the latter archive, launched in June, is now available digitally for the first time and it amalgamates material from around a score of much-treasured sources - Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger etc - in what EFDSS describes as the "most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world".
among others--is particularly interesting, and the chapter devoted to her involvement with Cecil Sharp and Percy Grainger is the best in the book.
He sang as he sailed with "a most melodious voice" and when he retired aged 61, he brought his songs home with him, which were collected and collated by Cecil Sharp and Sir Richard Terry for our musical heritage.
They view archive footage of traditional dances at Cecil Sharp House, before trying their hand at all kinds of strange-sounding dances, from horn dancing with antlers to stick dancing.
Many of the dances were written down for the first time in the early 20th century by music teacher Cecil Sharp, sparking a revival.
He says he started out with the aim of becoming a photographer, documenting folk rituals in the manner of Cecil Sharp who in the early 20th Century rescued many morris dances when they were in danger of vanishing into obscurity.
32) Class background had not changed since English folklorist Cecil Sharp established the American Branch of the English Folk Song and Dance Society in New York in 1915: the class composition had become less elite, but it has remained preeminently bourgeois and urbane, from affluent suburbs and urban areas.