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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).


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

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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.
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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.