Cecil Sharp visited Cambridgeshire for the first time to collect songs in September 1911. He collected 32 songs from 11 singers in the Ely area including the workhouse. There were 10 male singers, 1 female - average age was 68.8yrs. Of the men, 6 were agricultural labourers, 1 each thatcher, brick maker, retail. 

Sharp had attended Clare College Cambridge as a young man and had apparently enjoyed visiting Ely cathedral with his father many years previously.

For current folk contacts, visit and (East Anglian Traditional Music Trust).

Books by Author David Sutcliffe

Cecil Sharp and the Quest for Folk Song and Dance

A new biography of Cecil Sharp, written by David Sutcliffe

£20.00 + p&p

The Keys of Heaven - The Life of Revd Charles Marson

This is the first biography of the Revd Charles Marson.

£6.00 + p&p