Career to date.......
Having initially worked in public libraries for a number of years before attending library college in London in 1976, I took up the post of assistant-librarian at the Vaughan Williams Memorial ( the library and archive of the English Folk Dance & Song Society at Cecil Sharp House in London).in December 1979, having completed an honours degree that year. By 1981 I had become the head librarian, managing a multi-media library and archive which is regarded today as England's national folk arts collection. I remained in this role until July 2014, during which time I achieved the following:
I have compiled and edited the following books for the English Folk Dance and Song Society:
I have also compiled and edited a series of audio recordings, including:
Most recently, I contributed an introductory essay and sourced images and footage for the British Film Institute DVD Here's a health to the barley mow : a century of folk customs and ancient rural games (2011).
An appraisal of my work and career can be read in the downloadable file on the right, published in English Dance & Song magazine (vol 76, no 3, Autumn 2014, pp. 28-30)
I remain on the editorial board of Folk Music Journal.
Receiving the BBC Radio 2 Roots Award in 2012. The citation was written and presented by Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliott.