Alex Cumming

Inspirational Women: the Researchers Who Worked with Cecil Sharp

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SOFA Series, aired May 23, 2024



Aired May 23, 2024
Inspirational Women: the Researchers Who Worked with Cecil Sharp, a presentation by Alex Cumming

About the Presentation

We welcome back Alex Cumming, who has graced our SOFA stage many times. This time his focus will be on the women who worked side by side with Cecil Sharp in their research on traditional song and dance traditions. Mary Neal, Maud Karpeles, and Olive Dame Campbell are just three of the researchers Alex will spotlight when he shares archival materials as well as performing some of the tunes they uncovered.

About Alex

Alex Cumming is a traditional singer, accordionist, pianist, and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England, now living in the US, in the Greater Boston, MA area.

He performs songs and tunes from around the United Kingdom and America with a great depth of knowledge of the tradition. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic dance-able accordion style, strong voice, and fun and engaging stage presence.

An experienced teacher and workshop leader, he has run group workshops in dance, song, and music for many schools and some of the top folk festivals and organizations, and he is co-founder of Virtual Accordion Camp.

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