Folk Tradition

The beautiful South Downs are alive with so much folklore and folk tradition. From the Green Men in Winchester Cathedral, the Golden Calf at ingleton, West Sussex, The Dragon of Bignor Hill to the Long Man of Wilmington in East Sussex, there are so many tales and legends which have inspired great music.

Many of these tales, legends and myths have risen from the magical land shapes of the Downs such as giants emerging from the chalk becoming ‘The Long Man of Wilmington’.  Intense natural formations, steep coombes and prominent hills hint at the ‘Devil’s’ work and panoramic Iron Age forts high up on the sweeping downs give us stories of buried treasure guarded by knights in shining armour. Fairies are said to haunt prehistoric or medieval earthworks with giants sleeping under ancient barrows, with serpents inhabiting old flint mines and ghost armies meandering along the South Downs Way

All this has inspired generations of writers, poets and musicians and if you want to find out more about the fantastic folklore of the South Downs National Park, go to chi.ac.uk/fairytalemap.

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Please note: this website is a resource open to everyone, but if you download songs and material from this site and then perform these in public, you will need to be covered for PRS.

Welcome to the South Downs Music website; a platform enabling users to access folk songs from, and sung in, the Sussex area.

Please note: this website is a resource open to everyone, but if you download songs and material from this site and then perform these in public, you will need to be covered for PRS.

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