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Exploring Folklore Weekend

Friday 27 Oct 4pm — Sunday 29 Oct 4pm, 2017

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £225 – single ensuite room
  • £200 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £200 – single non-ensuite room
  • £155 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £145

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities:

  • £135

A diverse weekend for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore – as student, participant or exponent. From calendar customs to black dogs, rites of passage to foodways, folklore to fakelore. With collectors old and new, mummers, hobby horses, and the Folkore Society. Talks, hands-on sessions, films, exhibitions, entertainment, question sessions and discussion.

The weekend features Doc Rowe’s collection including his presentation ‘Blood, Booze and Bedlam’, the world famous Potterne Mummers, Mark Norman on Black Dogs, Tom & Barbara Brown on The Hunting of the Earl of Rone and Caroline Oates offering an introduction to The Folklore Society.

Who’s it For?

This weekend is planned as an enjoyable and instructive event for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore – as student, participant or exponent.

The Programme

4pm Arrive, check in, grab a cuppa!
6.30pm Dinner
8pm Folklore Society Reception with wine and vernacular nibbles.
Tom Brown: Welcome to the Weekend
Caroline Oates: Intro to the Folklore Society
10pm Retire to the Bar!
8.30am Breakfast
9.30am Caroline Oates: What is Folklore
10.30am Coffee
11am Mark Norman: Black Dogs
12 noon Pat Smith & Ned Clamp: How to Make a Callenig
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Mumming Afternoon including:
The Potterne Tradition with Bob Berry & The Potterne Mummers
Film clips from the archives with Doc
Try out a Play with Tom & Barbara
Ends 6pm, with a break for tea
6.30pm Dinner
8pm Doc Rowe: Blood, Booze and Bedlam
8.30am Breakfast
9.30am Tom & Barbara Brown: Hunting of the Earl of Rone
10.30am Coffee
11am Pat Smith & Ned Clamp: Welsh Folklore & Tradition
12.30pm Sunday Lunch
1.30pm Doc Rowe: Collecting & Recording
2.30pm Open discussion: Folklore & Fakelore chaired by Tom Brown
4pm Cream Tea and Farewells

The Team

Tom & Barbara Brown have spent a lifetime immersed in and devoted to folk song, music and tradition. Residing in North Devon, the duo are well-known performers with an enormous song repertoire, and a specialism in songs of the West Country.

Doc Rowe – 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 (or ‘calendar customs’). 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.

Mark Norman is a folklore writer and researcher based in Devon, UK, specialising in Black Dog folklore and folklore of the South West. He is a contracted author with Troy Books.

Pottern Mummers – Guardians of the traditional Potterne Mummers Play, we tour the pubs round the Devizes area in the week before Christmas, to present our version of the traditional folk play, and collect a few quid for local charities and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Pat Smith & Ned Clamp – Some of the most entertaining ‘lectures’ you could wish to find. Pat took Welsh song, custom and tradition all over the world with Calennig and continues, with Ned, to perform, give talks, maintain Llantrisant Mari, and generally fascinate people with all aspects of Welsh culture.

The Folklore Society is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children’s folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.