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Folk Horror Revival at The British Museum. Photograph: Graeme Cunningham
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Folk Horror Revival: Awakening the Fields

28 Oct 2017, 12 - 4.30pm

£5 / £4 Members / FREE Under 16s

With music from: Sharron Kraus, The Consumptives featuring The Mother of Crows

Plus talks from: Justin Hopper, Hannah Gilbert, Christopher Josiffe + Chris Hill, Bob Fischer and Andy Roberts.

Join us this Halloween for an afternoon of live music and talks exploring the dark threads that run through folk culture and the contemporary music, literature and film it inspires. Organised in collaboration with Folk Horror Revival.

Folk Horror incorporates cult rituals, ancient mythologies and folklore, drawn together with dark comedy, folk music and cult films of the mid-20th Century. These include cult favourites The Wicker Man, The Blood on Satan’s Claw and The Witchfinder General, as well as creepy childrens’ shows of yesteryear such as The Owl Service, Children of the Stones and The Witches and the Grinnygog amongst numerous others.

Folk Horror Revival’s diverse talks and atmospheric music from renowned musicians and speakers reveal how Folk Horror has evolved over time and across the globe.

Awakening the Fields follows previous events held at The British Museum, London and Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Sharron Kraus with Shirley Collins Reece Shearsmith Andy Paciorek British Museum. Photograph: Graeme Cunningham

Book your place

Tickets £5, Members £4, Under 16s FREE

Please note, while children are welcome at this event, with parent/carer supervision, it is not designed for under 16s.

For family-focused Halloween activity, see our Halloween events.

About the Artists

Sharron Kraus

Sharron Kraus is a folk musician and composer inspired by traditional music, psychedelia, horror soundtracks, surrealism, mythology and gothic and magical literature. She has released six solo albums, the first of which, Beautiful Twisted, was named by Rolling Stone in their Critics’ Top Albums of 2002. She is one of the musicians focused on in Jeanette Leech’s Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid, Psych and Experimental Folk. She has a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Michael Somerset Ward

Michael Somerset Ward is a writer and musician based in the UK. Beginning with ad hoc industrial funksters Clock DVA, he upped sticks to Detroit, Michigan to work with Was (Not Was). Currently a freelance writer published by BMG he has written a series of short horror stories and poems with music read by amongst others Reece Sheersmith, Bat For Lashes and Barry Adamson. Today with The Consumptives and The Mother of Crows he will bring some of those poems to musical life.

Justin Hopper

Justin Hopper is an American writer based in England on the border between Essex and Suffolk. His audio projects include the ballad-inspired poetry album I Made Some Low Inquiries, released by English Heretic’s label Eighth Climate, and the site-specific poetry sequence Public Record: Estuary, commissioned by METAL for the village of Leigh-on-Sea. His book The Old Weird Albion, prose explorations of the English landscape amongst the South Downs, is published by Penned In The Margins press.

Dr Hannah Gilbert

Dr Hannah Gilbert has a BA (Hons) in anthropology from the University of Durham and a PhD in sociology from the University of York. Her doctoral thesis took a sociological approach to the study of British spirit mediumship. She is currently working on a book that will examine beliefs in the afterlife and representations of the dead as emotional (or emotionally motivated) entities. With Dr Madeleine Castro, Hannah co-runs a researcher network called ‘Exploring the Extraordinary’ which aims to provide a supportive, interdisciplinary forum for those actively involved/interested in the study of extraordinary experiences. They host an annual conference, along with other events. Her talk will cover the connection between old religions and folk horror.

Christopher Josiffe

Christopher Josiffe is a regular contributor to Fortean Times magazine and has also been published in Faunus, Abraxas and The Pomegranate. He has presented lectures at (amongst others) the Ghost Club, the Society for Psychical Research, Senate House (University of London), Alchemical Landscape II (University of Cambridge), the London Fortean Society, and the Fortean Times Unconvention. Together with musician and author Chris Hill (more info to follow) they tell the very strange, funny and true tale of Gef the Talking Mongoose.

Bob Fischer

Bob Fischer is a DJ for BBC Radio Tees and as well as promoting live music he has a keen interest in folklore (his radio special on the lore of North Yorkshire was extremely entertaining as well as educational), folk horror and other things strange and wonderful. He also writes fiction and has had several non-fiction articles about subjects such as the author Alan Garner and Haunted television of the 1970s published in Fortean Times magazine.

Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts has been interested in strange phenomena since he was a child. He began active investigation and research of UFOs in 1983. He has been active in many investigation groups, including BUFORA and the IUN and is one of the country’s leading ufologists. He is also active in the field of Fortean research and has written widely about such diverse subjects as The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui, Screaming Skull Legends, the Genius Loci and the telepathy experiments carried out by the Grateful Dead, among others. Andy is the author of numerous books, a regular contributor to Fortean Times magazine and other publications and has worked as a consultant for several television and radio documentaries.

About Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror Revival is a multimedia project and forum that not only celebrates the origins of Folk Horror and related fields but also serves as a creative platform for the creation of new works in the genre. Through its publishing arm Wyrd Harvest Press, Folk Horror Revival have charitably donated 100% of the book sales profits to The Wildlife Trusts nature conservation projects. Representing Folk Horror Revival will be Andy Paciorek and Darren Charles.

Andy Paciorek

Andy Paciorek is an artist and writer drawn to strange and anomalous subject matter. He has worked for numerous different outlets including Harper Collins and has collaborated on several beguiling projects with numerous creative writers and artists. He is the creator of Folk Horror Revival. His new book Black Earth: A Fieldguide to the Slavic Otherworld is now available.

Darren Charles

Darren Charles is the DJ behind cult radio show Unearthing Forgotten Horrors, which allows him to share his wide and varied music and film knowledge and which has resulted in him spinning discs at the Bloodstock music festival. He is a key administrator of the Folk Horror Revival project and with Andy Paciorek has spoken on the subject at The British Museum and Cambridge University. Darren is currently studying for a Master’s degree in History, specialising in British Witchcraft Trials.