Traditional toe-tappers for toddlers? Books for your budding Bamptonite? Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe explores a world of media for folkie offspring.
Joined26 April 2023
Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe was indoctrinated into the world of English folk music and all its concomitant culture from the womb. In fact, she was so steeped in the world of folk singing, music, and dance that she had to have a crash course in mainstream culture by a distant cousin in order not to be totally ostracised at secondary school. In spite of her cousin’s best efforts, Chloe took up folk dancing at 16, eventually marrying fellow morris dancer and instrument maker, Jake Middleton-Metcalfe (Wolverton Concertinas). Initially studying costume making, she then turned her attention to the world of barn dances and ceilidhs, and eventually completed her PhD on English social folk dance at Roehampton University. In her free time Chloe enjoys playing traditional music in her family band, Innocent Hare, and arranging lullabies on her harp. As a mother of two, Chloe is keen to hear from anybody who can recommend further folk media for children, especially decent fairy tale collections.