- 2005-2010 (Creation)
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The Yorkshire Garland Group was formed on 18 November 2005 with the mission of making Yorkshire’s folk song heritage more widely and readily available to the public. The Group is administered by an Executive Management Committee, which initially comprised of a chairperson, secretary and treasurer, although a publicity officer and webmaster have since been added. Its inaugural committee was Steve Gardham, Mike Parsey and Ray Padgett.
In 2006 the Group were awarded a grant by the Local Heritage Initiative, later the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create an interactive website of Yorkshire folk songs with accompanying contextual information. The two year project involved seeking out and recording traditional and new songs to be hosted for free on the Group’s website and publicising the music by use of CD Roms and school and community outreach.
The website was launched on 15 September 2007 at the National Centre for Early Music in York. By the close of the project the Group had recorded 88 songs and created 40 CD Roms to be sent to libraries around the country. They also held seven folk music evenings and worked with a number of local schools.
As of 2017 the Group are still active and the database of Yorkshire folk songs hosted on the website continues to grow as new recordings are added, taking the current total to more than 120.
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