Thursday, 16 August 2012

A Curious Weekend Of Electronic Oscillations

I thought it would be nice to invite a few folks from here.
Rather splendid artwork by Marc Baines.
PS, it's in Glasgow.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A Sound British Adventure

Just a heads up to let you all know that on Radio 4 today comedian Stewart Lee presented a program called A Sound British Adventure. The program is basically about early British pioneers in electronic music. Tristram Cary, Peter Zinovieff, Daphne Oram Brian Hodgson are all featured. Brian Hodgson tells us about 1960s experimental and electronic festivals, including The Million Volt Light and Sound Rave (1967) at which The Beatles' electronic piece Carnival Of Light had its only public airing. The program can also be heard here.

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Burry Man

I spent a very curious and odd day with this fellow. 
More pics here.

British Folk Customs

A friend of mine recently got me this wonderful book by Christina Hole for my birthday. The book dates from 1976 and it is, as it says on the inside sleeve The first guide to the subject in easy to consult form, British Folklore and Customs has a Calender enabling the reader to find out - with the aid of a specially prepared map - what is happening and where in Britain throughout the year. The book pretty much does cover just about everything. All sorts of odd and weird celebrations including such things as........Whipping Toms (Shrove Tuesday) Burning the Bush (1st Jan) May Birching (May Eve) Horn Dance (1st Sunday after Sept 4th) and Hodening. There are still some copies on Amazon here 
Garland King Day
Haxey Hood
Burning the Bush

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Museum of British Folklore

Something else I've just discovered. The Museum of British Folklore. Founded in 2009 by Simon Costin, it is planned to be established in a more permanent, bricks and mortar home.

To celebrate, you might like to watch this quintessentially British documentary on Witchcraft, supposedly extremely rare and only shown once on TV in 1971.

Saturday, 4 August 2012