Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest
Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest is devoted to the astounding collection of songs made by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918. The English songhunters ventured into the heart of the mountains battling hostile terrain, sickness and personal discomfort, to seek out old British ballads still being sung in remote mountain settlements by descendents of 18th century migrants. They amassed a collection of over sixteen hundred pieces: one of the greatest folk song collections ever made.
In the show Brian performs some of the brightest gems from Sharp’s manuscripts, accompanied by readings from his diaries describing vividly the hardships and triumphs of song collecting, a display of his wonderfully evocative photographs of the singers and of mountain life, and one or two rare archive recordings. The music ranges from ancient ballads to American breakdowns, dance tunes, children’s songs and gospel.
£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, nr Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Fri 18 May 2018