Yan Tan Tethera is a brand new English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) commission, curated by sonic visual artist David Littler. Set to take over Cecil Sharp House – and spilling into the local Camden area – this inspirational project celebrates the wonderful wealth of textile songs in England.David will bring together a season of performances, events and workshops, as well as an exhibition, which will explore the rich vein of folk songs and dances that have emanated from, and been inspired by, England’s textiles industry. Exploring, sharing and bringing to life songs about roving hecklers, doffing mistresses, croppers, mowers and drunken tailors.
Surprising and thought provoking, contemporary and
historic, this collaborative project involves an impressive group of
artists including Freddie Robins, Shane Waltener, Prick Your Finger, Stewart Easton, Celia Ward, the McGrath Makers’ Group, and artists from the collective sampler-cultureclash – Jason Singh, Hector MacInnes, Anne Martin and Aimée Leonard. Together they will create the exhibition pieces and shape the associated season of events.
The project culminates in a live performance from sonic arts collective
sampler-cultureclash as they unite Gaelic song with spinners, weavers
and knitters, and traditional and electronic musicians in an exploration
of things that spin.
May to Sept 2014 at Cecil Sharp House. London.