1903 was a turning point for folk music in England. In August that year Cecil Sharp, a music teacher from South London, noted down his first folk song from a vicarage gardener in Somerset, and the rest, as they say, is history. Sharp went on to collect nearly 5,000 tunes in England and North America and played a role fundamental in the restoration of folk music as part of popular culture in England in the twentieth century. "Still Growing" was published to commemorate the centenary of "The Seeds of Love", as sung by John England in Hambridge on that historic day one hundred years ago. The book is a collection of fifty songs from Sharp's manuscripts, specially selected for musicians and singers. Several of the sections include photographic portraits of the singers and/or facsimiles of the songs from Sharp's field notebooks. All sections include biographies of the singers and their references in Sharp's collections. Notes on the songs include Child, Laws and Roud numbers and alphabetical index of first lines.
The book also includes biographical information about the singers from whom the songs were collected, an authoritative introduction defining Sharp's role in the folk music revival, and a select bibliography of work by and about him.