Traditional folk songs given a new lease of life

Ann Feloy, Chris Hare and Emily Longhurst are Emily and the Hares

Ann Feloy, Chris Hare and Emily Longhurst are Emily and the Hares

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A TWO-YEAR project to save almost forgotten South Downs folk songs recently came to an end following the release of a 21 track CD.

The members of folk trio, Emily and the Hares – Chris Hare, Emily Longhurst and Ann Feloy, taught 80 people the songs at monthly workshops, in the Beechwood Hall Hotel, Whykeham Road, Worthing.

Ann, said: “These traditional songs were sung for centuries by local people in this part of the world but had almost been forgotten. Now a new generation have learnt them and are singing them at music festivals and events across Sussex and Hampshire.”

“The songs are an important part of our cultural heritage.”

the full story see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, July 25.