“It is true, the spoken word enlightens both the spirit and the soul. Indeed, the HENDRICK’S Master Distiller can often be heard talking at length to her ‘two little sweeties’ – the delightful and peculiarly small copper pot stills from which the most unusual gin flows.”
“Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow: a Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games” Screenings of Short Films from the BFI Folk Film Archives with William Fowler
24th July 2013
Doors at 6:30 / Talk begins at 7:00 pm
Ticket price £7
Tonight, the British Film Institute’s William Fowler will present a number of rare and beautiful short films from the BFI National Archive and Regional Film Archives showing some of our rich traditions of folk music, dance, customs and sport. Highlights include the alcoholic folk musical Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow (1955), Doc Rowe’s speedy sword dancing film and the Padstow Mayday celebration Oss Oss Wee Oss (Alan Lomax/Peter Kennedy 1953).
The programme provides a taste of the BFI’s 6-hour DVD release ‘Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow: a Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games’, a rich and wide-ranging collection of archive films from around the UK.
William Fowler is curator of artists’ moving image at the BFI National Archive and co-programmes the cult cinema strand at Flipside at BFI Southbank.
Talks take place at The Last Tuesday Society at 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP – please click here to buy tickets