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Journal marks 100 years of publication

The Folk Music Journal is celebrating 100 years of publication - within days of the centenary of Cecil Sharp's historic first encounter with the morris.

The title itself only dates back to 1965, but editor Michael Heaney describes it as the "lineal successor" of The Journal of the Folk-Song Society (1899) and The Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (1932).

The English Folk Dance Society also brought out publications during World War One and again from 1927.

The anniversary issue includes a 12-page article on the pivotal first meeting between Sharp and William Kimber in 1899, written by the Headington Quarry morris musician and archivist, Bob Grant.

The cover of the scholarly EFDSS journal features a previously-unpublished photograph of a William Kimber as a young man - without the "twinkling eyes" of later years.

There's also an extensive article by Keith Whitlock on the cultural politics of Playford's English Dancing Master, which will be 350 years old in the year 2000.

Editor Michael Heaney says the journal can now look forward to "the next hundred years of researching, discovering and presenting both the old and the new forms in which folk music can be found."

Michael - himself a distinguished morris scholar - adds intriguingly: "Perhaps it really is now time to consider again a change of title?"

1999 Simon Pipe, Mark Rogers, The Outside Capering Crew

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