Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022

Sweet Liberties


Following the success of The Elizabethan Session, our next partnership with The English Folk Dance and Song Society culminated in a performance at Folk by the Oak 2016 and an album release.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are very proud to present Sweet Liberties!

In 2015 the UK marked a year rich in constitutional anniversaries, including 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament. As part of a wider arts project to celebrate our pursuit of democracy, four prominent folk artists were challenged to compose new music in response to the rights and liberties that people have fought to achieve and protect over the past eight centuries.

BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr, Martyn Joseph, Sam Carter, and Maz O’Connor considered milestones that marked the passage of key pieces of legislation, and also reviewed moments when the aspiration for rights or liberties were articulated.

The four songwriters were joined by musicians Patsy Reid and Nick Cooke for a launch at Parliament's Speakers House and a UK tour in November 2015, and the six artists will come together once more for a final performance at Folk by the Oak in July 2016.

The project has been commissioned by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and Folk by the Oak in partnership with the Houses of Parliament’s 2015 anniversaries programme, Parliament in the Making. It is partly funded by the PRS for Music Foundation.


Also available as an MP3 download at our digital store: www.folkbytheoakrecords.com


"These are some of the best songs of the 21st century - listen to them carefully"
R2 Magazine

"A unique album of thought provoking, highly original and relevant new music. As well as being entertaining, this album should also get you thinking. About our …hard-fought valuable freedoms, … our ‘Sweet Liberties’"
Laurel Canyon Music - Album of the Month, September 2016

"Thoughtful, lyrical and bursting with ideas, Sweet Liberties has inspired some excellent songwriting, offering more with each listen"
Folk Witness

"both a damn fine album and a salient reminder of the liberties we so often fail to hold dear"

"A really cracking album"
Mike Harding Folk Show

"a stunning album ... a rich variety of tracks crafted and honed to entertain and to challenge... a fine set of new songs... Don’t let this album pass you by!"
Andy McMillan, Bright Young Folk

"destined to achieve classic status... every composition is a gem waiting to be uncovered"
Folk Words

"This album shows you how folk music can be both emotive, incisive and thought provoking in a world which seems awash with trite, banal and pointless music and lyrics. ...Sweet Liberties... could well launch many other projects, songs and inspire another generation of folk singers."