Cecil Sharp was associated with the annual Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Festival (April) and the spin-off Folk Summer School (August) over several years, either adjudicating or contributing to the lectures and workshops. These regular visits allowed him to veer off to collect folksongs - he met 24 singers in the county (14 men, 10 women), particularly in the Shipston-on-Stour area. They contributed 73 folk songs and their average age was 69.4 yrs. Of the men, 13 were agricultural labourers and 1 a market gardener. Of the women, only 1 stated an occupation - she had been a silk throwster.

In addition Sharp noted 41 morris or country dance tunes from 13 informants - all men, average age 61.2 yrs. Of these, 3 were agricultural labourers and 2 were gardeners; 3 were manual labourers (stonemasons, brick labourer); 1 each loom weaver, shoemaker, blacksmith, baker and railwayman. Three 'dancers' contributed a total of 7 folk songs into the bargain. 

Sharp published the dance 'traditions' of Bidford and Ilmington. 

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