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UK Profile

England, Scotland and Wales all boast rich folk traditions with a centuries-old repertoire of ballads and airs that are still sung in folk clubs today.

All have been parodied over the years – English folk for its Morris dancing and finger-in-ear singers, Scottish music for its bagpipes and cèilidhs and Welsh tradition for its bardic mysticism and eisteddfods.

Yet each continues to thrive and undergo dynamic updating as fresh generations of musicians find new and innovative ways of keeping traditional music relevant and contemporary.

In England, in particular, immigration has resulted in everything from bhangra to reggae being absorbed into a new and multicultural definition of ‘Englishness’.

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