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). 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.

Forthcoming events

A few months ago 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.
Classic Folk - The Wireless Website

Updated most recently on 07 February 2018
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