A chance conversation at the barber's. The usual - she - 'what are you doing at the weekend?' Me - 'going to the Sheringham folk festival'. Well to save you the tedium of a trip to the barbers, a discussion followed about how until the 19th century the 'folk' of this country couldn't read or write, so music, stories, even painting were handed down in an oral tradition. Was this music, poetry (think John Clare), and painting less valid than high art? Well, here are two Morris dance sides working hard for the sake of their art in the heat of Sheringham - anniesfantasies.co.uk from Colchester and Alive and Kicking from Witham. See you back in Colchester next week!