Live instore; Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor

Tuesday 29th July at 7pm, The Drift Record Shop invite you to a special live in store from Devon Folklore Tapes. Live music, films, records and drinks.

Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor explores the hidden tales of seven Dartmoor villages through experiments in sound and vision. It also celebrates the life of the late folklorist and artist Theo Brown, whose publications, papers and woodcuts have lain dormant in the archives at Exeter University since her death in 1993.

Using Brown’s unpublished research, Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker have crafted an audio-visual retelling of Dartmoor folklore grounded in the moor’s topography, history and folk-culture.

The project was realised as a box-set of seven-inch records, artwork, essays and manipulated 8mm films (shot on-location on Dartmoor) in spring 2014, and the performance will translate these elements into a live setting. The show will include information on Theo Brown, readings from the tales with live OHP shadow projection techniques and a screening of the film accompanied by a live soundtrack by a three piece ensemble using a myriad of instrumentation. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and share stories after the event.

Support comes from N.Racker who employs arcane homemade instruments to divinate through improvisation a most spectral hallucinogenic experience...

Expect an evening of spectral pigs, skeletal horses, salted cadavers, hungry rivers and malevolent sprites.

"But if you decide in middle-life to leave the city and go to live alone at the heart of the moor — because you love it and cannot resist its spell — you soon find that in all those years you have learned little about the essential moor. What has been happening is that she has learned the essentials about you, and has fixed her grappling-irons upon you!"– Anonymous cutting found in Theo Brown Archive papers


Entry is free with a suggested donation of £5
Music, films, records and drinks from 7pm

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