Twelfth Traditional Music Day was the ‘best one yet’

The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket held their annual Traditional Music Day.
The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket held their annual Traditional Music Day.
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Hundreds flocked to the 12th annual Traditional Music Day at the Museum of East Anglian Life on Saturday.

The event, organised by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT), saw a wealth of folk singers, musicians and storytellers perform among the museum’s historic barns and featured the largest gathering of stepdancers in the country.

One man band Vic Ellis show off his skills

One man band Vic Ellis show off his skills

Katie Howson, co-director of EATMT said around 1,000 folk fans had attended the event.

She said: “It went very well indeed - everyone we have spoken to so far says it was the best one yet.

“There were about 30 events throughout the day, it was a jam packed event.
“A high point of the day was Martin Carthy and Jeff Warner doing a song swap.

“The whether was absolutely fantastic too.

A young girl tries out traditional stepdancing

A young girl tries out traditional stepdancing

“Out of the 12 years we have been running the event we have only had one day that the weather wasn’t good.

“We seem to have an agreement with the weather gods.”

The museum’s Visitor Services Manager, Patsy Cane, said the day was a tremendous success.

“During the day we had several workshops set up from stepdancing to melodeon sessions.

“We had lots and lots going on and everyone seemed to have a great time.

“And we got lucky on the weather - there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.”