Singing, Talks and Lucy Broadwood
The home page for Irene Shettle

   Image based on a photograph
   taken by Doc Rowe at English Country Music Weekend ,Ampthill, 2009

I have been singing for pleasure as long as I can remember, and was a member of a number of choirs over the years from the age of 8, performing in varied venues in Guildford, London and elsewhere, and making a number of commercial recordings with Guildford Choral Society as part of their semi-chorus.From 1990, however,my principal passion from childhood, traditional folk song and music, began to take over.

Somewhere along the way I also began research into the life and work of the late Victorian/early Edwardian folksong collector and researcher, Lucy Broadwood . (This has inevitably spilled over into some research into other Broadwoods - Rev John Broadwood and Henry Fowler Broadwood and other collectors since she was very much the pivot around which much of the first folk revival revolved.). The role of public speaker has been added to my singing pursuits, and am happy to spread knowledge about her life and work.

This site provides further information on my singing background and previous work, a few soundbites and a little more detail about Lucy Broadwood, together with my contact details should you wish to book me in either my singing or public speaking capacities.

Events in 2018, and forthcoming for 2019

In late 2017,  I was interviewed by Mike Norris (former chairman of the English Folk Dance and Song Society) for inclusion of an item about Lucy Broadwood, featuring some of the songs collecte by her and for her, in his weekly programme "Classic Folk" on The Wireless ,a local radio station run by Age UK. The programme is streamed on the internet, and also is broadcast as a podcast on the website of the EFDSS in the week of broadcast. It was eventually broadcast in spring 2018, and  is still available online as a podcast
Classic Folk - The Wireless Website

In the summer of 2018 I gave a newly written talk on Lucy Broadwood and her influential talk to the Musical Association (now the Royal Musical Association) in London in March 2018. Activities for the rest of the year were somewhat curtailed thanks to an accident resulting in broken ribs, but in October I was delighted to be asked by Colin Thompson to provide a 5 minute spoken piece on Lucy Broadwood and her influence on the collecting and English classical music movements of the early 20th century as part of  a performance in Abbots Langley by The Collectors Group of music related to various composers such as Percy Grainger, Vaughan Williams and others associated with the Dorset area.

This forms a rather good precursor to a talk that I shall be giving to the Abbots Langley Local History group about Lucy, her life and work at the end of February 2019.

Updated most recently on 11 January 2019
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