Bonfires to Barleycorn: songs and customs of the farming year

Sunday 24 June 2018


The course

From the fires of the late autumn to harvest home the following year, the farming community had a wealth of customs and songs to mark the turning of the seasons and the agricultural activities of the year. The course aims to teach these through some lively talking and discussion, but it will be mainly participatory. So be prepared to sing the songs of the seasons, act in a traditional play and maybe dance a dance or two.

The tutor

Gail Duff and Bing Lyle have been promoting folk music and traditions throughout Sussex and Kent for over 25 years. They specialise in relating their teaching to place, landscape and heritage.  Recent clients include Sussex Traditions, Woodland Wildlife Hidden Histories and Kent Orchards for Everyone.

Bing and Gail not only teach, but also perform and take part in many of the customs that they introduce to others.  They are both singers and musicians and Gail runs Rabble Folk Theatre, a group of actors and Morris dancers, who regularly perform at the Museum.

Participant information

It is advisable for participants to wear warm layers.


£80 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Vegetarian refreshments will be provided, if you have any other dietary requirements please let us know in advance. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.



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