We run schools workshops and activities that introduce children to local music and dance traditions, relating them to their own local area wherever possible. Our southern step dance workshops for adults have been enthusiastically received at several folk festivals including Chippenham and Sidmouth.
Southampton Folk Orchestra is an open access group for adults who play any acoustic instrument. For young people, In Session is a chance to play traditional folk tunes together in a relaxed and informal setting.
We run monthly FolkActive Dances for over 50s and a series of country dance workshops at a drop-in centre for refugees and asylum seekers, and we deliver talks and demonstrations to a local groups such as Women’s Institutes, Scouts and Brownie packs.
We are both active in researching local traditions, Jo in dance and Cath in music. Cath set up a monthly English tunes session in a Southampton pub that has been growing for over four years, and in May 2012 we set up a regular step dancing session in Shedfield, near Wickham.