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Traditional Music Day


Next event: 2nd September 2017


We've already secured a fabulous line-up of guests for Traditional Music Day to make this one to remember! Guests confirmed are: the highly-acclaimed singer/fiddle player Jackie Oates, legendary Cork singer and writer Jimmy Crowley, singing and clog dancing from Jim and Lynette Eldon, the wonderful Scots fiddle player Carole Anderson, performance poet extraordinaire Racker Donnelly, superb Quebecois music from Pigeon Swing, plus an exhibition of Karen Cater's artwork featuring portraits of traditional singers and musicians over the years. More to add later, too!

We are now working on the programme and can tell you that we are also looking for singers who would like to take part in a Song Trail around the site. The event takes place at the Museum of East Anglian Life, where there are stables, barns, steam engines, piggeries, corn fields, threshing machines, hop grounds and osier beds - offering fertile ground for the singing of suitable traditional songs around the site. If you're interested to know more about singing songs as part of the Song Trail, do email us with SONGTRAIL in the message line.

The box office opens in early May. If you'd like to get a reminder, click here to receive our email newsletter. 





'A really special, lovely festival. Quite simply, the best time I've had for ages.' - Shirley Collins, President of EFDSS, MBE.


'Great little festival! It's a beacon of what a folk festival should be.' - Ed Caines, fiddler


'Different every year - always extremely well organised and yet with a fantastic feeling of spontaneity about it. Fabulous!' - Kerry Fletcher, stepdancer


Traditional Music Day has happened every year since 2002 on the Saturday following August Bank Holiday. It takes place at the Museum

of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, in the centre of Suffolk. In 2016 it was on 3rd September.


Here's a trailer for a film about Traditional Music Day, made by Ian Trouse, giving you just a quick glimpse of one or two events that took place at the 2016 day.


Why not join our Traditional Music Day Facebook page too - there are plenty of photos on there!


If you want to be sure to get the news as soon as possible, why not get on our email newsletter list? We send out about four newsletters a year, plus some event reminders. Click here to receive our email newsletter. 


If you'd like to more about previous Traditional Music Days - click here. 



Traditional Night Out in the Tithe Barn


A good-time evening: with a variety of songs, music and dance, including spots from all the guests, supported by some surprise "turns" - superb performers who have often been guests in previous years, but come back again because of the unique character of this special event. A magical evening in the atmospheric setting of the museumís medieval Tithe Barn. 8pm-11pm.


NB: separate ticket required for this very popular event. 


For people attending the evening concert, the Museum's Osier Cafe will be offering a two-course, hot meal at 6.30pm. This costs £10.00 per head and must be pre-booked. The bar is open at this time too. There is indoor seating, or if it's fine, plenty of space to spread outside at picnic tables in the pretty gardens. Meals must be ordered and paid for before Friday 25th August.  


Ticket information

Please note:

  • For ticket prices, see the booking form (available early May '17). Prices for a TMD day season ticket start at £22.

  • Although the site is open to museum patrons, the main programme of TMD events is open only to TMD ticket holders.

  • If you want to see the guests you will need to buy a TMD day season ticket in advance from EATMT.

  • Box office closes at 4pm on Thursday 31st August 2017.

  • TMD tickets are not available on the day unless pre-ordered & paid for in advance.

  • Tickets give admission to all daytime events (space allowing) and free on-site parking for those coming by car.

  • Confirmation forms are emailed (or posted) out and need to be exchanged for wristbands on arrival.

  • Day tickets do not admit to the "Traditional Night Out in the Tithe Barn": evening tickets are sold separately.

Many outdoor events are accessible by buying a museum entrance ticket on the day, although this does not allow entrance to the concerts, talks and other special events,

as these are what TMD ticket-holders are paying for.


Parking: A map showing the vehicle entrance for advance ticket holders is available here. Please note this is for TRADITIONAL MUSIC DAY TICKET-HOLDERS only.

The postcode you need for sat-navs is IP14 1BQ, not the museum code, which will take you up a cul-de-sac in the wrong place entirely!


There is no onsite parking for people buying ordinary museum entrance tickets on the day, or for Museum Season Ticket holders: there are several public car parks

within a few minutes walk and disabled parking spaces in the Asda car park very close to the pedestrian entrance to the museum.


Camping: On-site camping is available to TMD day ticket holders only. Facilities are basic (no showers or electric hook-up). Breakfast is available on-site at the

Osier Cafe. See below for further camping and accommodation options in the area.


Click here for a printable booking form.

A full timetable of daytime events is available here (2016 details).



Further information


For a list of accommodation in the area, click here or contact Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre on 01449 676800.


A full timetable of daytime events is available here (2016 details).  Printed programmes are available on the day or by post when you book your tickets.


Click here for a site map or here for a town map and directions.


For details of previous Traditional Music Days - click here. 


Click here for a short compilation video of the 2011 Traditional Music Day made by Uggy Brown.


Click here for a short trailer for a longer film about the 2016 Traditional Music Day made by Ian Trouse.


Why not have a look at our Traditional Music Day Facebook page - lots of photos etc. Like us, share the page, keep up-to-date with developments and let your friends

know about this fantastic event!




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