Cecil Sharp

Cecil Sharp was in many ways the founder of English folk dance as we know it today. He was responsible for collecting many dances (both social and Morris) and for interpreting the historic Playford dance collections that had been largely neglected. His contribution to the recording, interpretation and popularisation of English folk traditions was extremely significant. Today, with the advantage of hindsight, we may have reservations about the rigorousness of his work and doubts about the accuracy of his interpretations, but it should be remembered that he was a pioneer in this field. Without his work and that of the people he taught and enthused, the English folk heritage would be far, far poorer than it is today.

Colin Hume has written an article debating the accuracy or otherwise of Sharp's interpretation of siding.


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