The Single Gloucester aims to make all of the folk songs and tunes collected in Gloucestershire available on the internet in an easy to use form. Together these will form over 1000 items ranging from the popular carol – The Holly and The Ivy, collected in Chipping Campden in 1909, to rare and unpublished recordings that until now lie hidden in distant archive.
To go to the site, click here.
Easy to use Each song will be available in several formats – PDF, ABC, MIDI and mp3, making it easy for anyone to learn whether or not they can read music.
Local and Family History The site will also be of interest to genealogists and local historians, containing biographical information about the singers and musicians that have performed for the collectors over the last 100+ years.
Education The scope of the project includes education. To this end, we are developing a programme of projects in schools and communities, as well as talks and performances up and down the country.
Partnership To deliver the project, Gloucestershire Traditions is working with two partner organisations that are providing specialist skills and expertise – Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Music Makers.
Funding Gloucestershire Traditions have applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Amongst other things, this will enable us to provide training for volunteers.
Volunteers – This is a large undertaking and is dependent upon the support of volunteers interested in transcribing tunes from manuscript or field recordings. We also appeal for volunteers to help us take this valuable cultural heritage back into the communities from whence it came.
If you would like to find out about volunteering with the Single Gloucester Project, please email us.