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Display of photos from the Rig-a-Jig-Jig archive collection

One of our display boards showing a few of the photos in our archives - Photo by Chris Gill


Rig-a-Jig-Jig was started in 1999 by Des Miller to collect and document information about the traditional musical history of Norfolk.

Since then Chris Holderness has joined the project and further research work has led to the production of a short book, Shipdham: Traditional Music Making in a Norfolk Village; a CD, Father Went to Yarmouth; and to exhibitions of the collection in village halls all over Norfolk. Chris has also been writing an on-going series of articles about traditional music in various parts of Norfolk. These have been published in Musical Traditions magazine and can be found at www.mustrad.org.uk

Des and Chris collect peoples' memories of local music making in the form of taped interviews which are transcribed, photographs, recordings and film, and currently have a large and growing archive.

To see our latest project news go to our new dulcimer page!

At Rig-a-Jig-Jig events, sometimes working in conjunction with a village or district, we present this archive material to the public, particularly in the form of displays of photographs. These events also feature live music: tunes, songs and step dancing from the band and various friends.

Rig-a-Jig-Jig is a not-for-profit business


Come from Norfolk? Want to help us?

Did you play the ‘old music’, sing - or dance? Or do you remember someone who did - or who still does? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Your memories, photographs and home recordings are important ways for us to find out about the people who played and enjoyed the music. If you would allow us to make copies of your mementos, they could become part of our display and archive. You'll find our contact details on the Contact page of this site.

If you are interested in our work you might also be interested in these other websites where people we know do things that are similar or related to what we do:

Musical Traditions
East Anglia Traditional Music Trust 
Traditions of Suffolk
A Little Bird Told Me
Our dulcimer player Richard Blake's website
See more of Chris Gill's photos on Flickr
Forest Tracks