Our local county of Somerset is steeped in a rich history of folklore and craft making. Over the past few years we have had the pleasure in getting to know folk singer Amanda Boyd and the work she has been doing in translating this often unseen heritage through film and song as Mrs Prices Parlour.
Amanda has been working with Windrose Rural Media Trust, using their archive of footage from across Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset to create performance based experiences. These performances enable a retelling and appreciation of these archives and although the lockdown this year has halted many of their fundraising efforts, they were lucky enough to have received some funding from Arts Council England to support a digital representation of their work.
The following films are from their Folk Song Cafe – a selection of films from the Windrose archive, which covers the Wessex the region, along with traditional songs from the West Country. They have been specifically designed as an extension of the live sessions, which Amanda delivered on Zoom, for Windrose Rural Media Trust and Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire, funded by Arts Council England.
We are currently in talks with Amanda about delivering some future heritage and film based events here at Clayhill, to celebrate the farm we inhabit and our rural landscape. To stay in touch with the latest on this, make sure you are signed up to our newsletter.
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