Edith Holden’s classic 1906 Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady became a worldwide phenomenon when it was published in the 1970’s. Her beautiful paintings and delightful daily entries took us through exhilarating and idyllic year.
At the time Edith was writing, Cecil Sharp and others were collecting songs from the working folk who lived in her idealised countryside.
In a show approved and praised by Edith Holden’s estate, Folk musicians Broomdasher interweave Edith’s glorious descriptions with these rousing, rueful and romantic songs, recreating an era which was slipping away, as industrialisation changed the landscape, the culture and society in Britain.
Broomdasher is a five-voice acapella folk group from London have been rebooked at every folk club and festival they have played, hosted their own radio specials and their recordings are part of the British Library’s National Sound Archive as “an outstanding example of grass roots folk music in Britain today”.
Broomdasher are: Richard Cryan, Chris Hayes, Deena Marcus-Jedamzik; Margaret Moore and Josephine Swinhoe. Margaret Moore also plays Edith