As part of our Exploring Folklore Weekend we are delighted to have Doc Rowe presenting Blood, Booze and Bedlam, a visual tour of contemporary seasonal events and traditions of the British Isles and Ireland.
The richness, colour and variety of the vernacular folk arts of our islands is often overlooked, ignored or quite simply unknown. Doc Rowe has been documenting these traditions for over thirty years and this presentation uses photographic material from his own extensive and hugely important collection.
Arguably the most important English collector since Kidson or Sharp, David ‘Doc’ Rowe has been documenting folklore, song, dance and cultural traditions for the last thirty years. He has amassed an archive of material on past and contemporary popular culture in Britain with a particular emphasis on annual traditional events. The collection – containing a wide variety of media (video, film, photography, and audio) – has been acknowledged internationally as of major significance. Doc was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from University of Sheffield in 2002 for his research work into vernacular culture and traditional music, and in 2005 was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge for his documentation of traditional Song and Dance.