Published Articles

The Rescue, Reclamation or Plunder of English Folk-Song? : a History of the Folk-Song Society 1898-1932 (Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, 2011), available at:…_Albert_Alexander_=3A=3Ahtml

Hard copy available at; Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 and Horsham Museum, 9 Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HE


Is the Tradition living? (contribution to a discussion on the future of the folk song revival). The living tradition, Issue 13 (Nov/Dec 1995)

Cultural and Political Origins of the Folk-Song Society and the Irish Dimension – Folk Music Journal, 2015 Volume 10, No. 5.

The Merging of the Folk-Song Society and the English Folk Dance Society: Amalgamation or Take-over? – Folk Music Journal, 2016 Volume 11, No. 1.

English Folk Song collectors and the idea of the Peasant (jointly with Vic Gammon) – Folk Music Journal, 2016 Volume 11, No. 1.

The Concept of Tradition The Living Tradition, issue 119 (June 2017)

Folk Songs for Schools: Cecil Sharp, Patriotism and the National Song Book. – Folk Music Journal, 2018 Volume 11 No. 3

Book Review – Cat-Gut Jim the Fiddler: Ned Corvan’s Life and Songs by Dave Harker.  Folk Music Journal, 2018 Volume 11 No. 3

Who Was the Female Drummer? – Musical Traditions, article No. MT320 (Online Internet Magazine: available at )

The Folk Dance Movement: Mary Neal, Cecil Sharp and the Struggle for Supremacy.Musical Traditions, article No. MT322 (Online Internet Magazine: available at

Thomas Ravenscroft and ‘The Three Ravens’: A Ballad Under the Microscope Musical Traditions article No. MT325 (Online Internet Magazine: availableat Also available from the Irish Traditional Archive website.

Who was Lord Randal? – Article for The Living Tradition, Issue 137 (Feb. 2021)


English Folk Song Collectors and the  Idea of the Peasant – (jointly with Vic Gammon)

University of Leeds – Thursday 22 October, 2015

University of Newcastle – Wednesday 13 January, 2016

Whitby Folk Week – Friday 26 August, 2016

Traditional Song Forum – University of Sheffield Saturday 16 September 2017

Academic Study – what has happened in the academic study of folk song and what may happen in the future?’