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Sussex - English folk music 24.5.21

The Royal tour – Cambridge (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex) 

Sussex is one of the counties of England that has a strong tradition of folk music. Folk comes from the German word 'volk' meaning 'the people' and folk music is often thought of as being the music belonging to 'the people'. 


They are songs which people would sing out in the fields while working, or in the evening when they all got together to wind down after a hard day. The songs have been passed round through generations as they would sing to their children and their children’s children.  

The songs often reflect life: they tell the stories about the life of the countryside, romance and songs that capture the 'Silly Sussex' humour of the county. While some of the music are ballads (tell stories), some of the music is instrumental. Some of the instruments you are likely to hear are a fiddle (violin), guitar, flute, pipe, tabor (type of drum) and a harmonica.  


Here are a selection of songs and music which originate from around England. 

The Carter-A traditional English Folk song acapella with harmonies

Soldier, Will You Marry Me?

Sussex Folk Trio Music Video