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Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]

Brian Peters 14 Oct 09 - 10:35 AM
MoorleyMan 14 Oct 09 - 07:10 PM
Dave Ruch 14 Oct 09 - 09:25 PM
alex s 15 Oct 09 - 05:12 AM
maeve 15 Oct 09 - 05:31 AM
Brian Peters 15 Oct 09 - 07:55 AM
ranger1 15 Oct 09 - 08:07 AM
MoorleyMan 19 Oct 09 - 10:00 AM
maeve 19 Oct 09 - 10:09 AM
Brian Peters 27 Oct 09 - 07:17 AM
Diva 27 Oct 09 - 09:09 AM
Maryrrf 27 Oct 09 - 10:27 AM
Brian Peters 30 Oct 09 - 10:56 AM
folktheatre 30 Oct 09 - 11:00 AM
Brian Peters 30 Oct 09 - 12:02 PM
Folkiedave 30 Oct 09 - 08:00 PM
Santa 31 Oct 09 - 08:31 AM
jennyr 31 Oct 09 - 08:34 AM
Valmai Goodyear 31 Oct 09 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,ek Anne 31 Oct 09 - 01:23 PM
Brian Peters 01 Nov 09 - 01:17 PM
GUEST,ek Anne 01 Nov 09 - 04:03 PM
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Subject: Child Ballad show, Yorkshire
From: Brian Peters
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 10:35 AM

Hi All,
If anyone's interested in Child Ballads, I'll be performing 'Songs of Trial and Triumph' (special show including around a dozen of the best, with background chat) at three venues in Yorkshire over the next few weeks.

Friday October 16:
Ilkley Literature Festival , The Manor House Museum, Ilkley, 8.00 pm.

Friday October 30th:
Sheffield, Off the Shelf Literature festival , the Lantern Theatre, Nether Edge, 7.30 pm.

Sunday, November 15th:
Halifax, The Square Chapel, 10 Square Road, 7.30 pm.


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Subject: RE: Child Ballad show, Yorkshire
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 07:10 PM

And a superb show Brian's put together here - you should make every effort to get to a performance if you're within reasonable reach!


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Subject: RE: Child Ballad show, Yorkshire
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 09:25 PM

Great to see that you are taking Child Ballads to literature festivals, Brian. Have you done that before, and if so, what kind of response have you gotten from what I assume would be a mostly (or at least partly) non-folk audience?


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: alex s
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 05:12 AM

Best of luck with this, Brian. I'll try to make it to the Halifax gig.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: maeve
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 05:31 AM

Any chance you'll be bringing this special program to Maine, Brian?

maeve


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 07:55 AM

Questions, questions...

Maine? Would be lovely - but would need someone to help put it on. I'm planning to pitch for a couple of festivals over there next year. (Hello, Maeve!)

Dave - I have occassionally taken ballads to a non-folk audience and would like to do it more often. There was one memorable gig (the Swaledale Arts Festival) at which, when the bold maiden tells the drowning Outlandish Knight "Lie there, lie there, false-hearted young man", the entire audience cheered. Doesn't happen too often in a folk venue - everyone knows the ending.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: ranger1
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 08:07 AM

I second what Maeve asked, it would be great to see you in Maine again.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 10:00 AM

Just came across this hot-off-the-press review of last Friday's by-all-accounts-"triumphant" performance of Brian's Child Ballads Show. Worth sharing!

Brian Peters – SONGS OF TRIAL AND TRIUMPH at The Manor House Museum, Ilkley: Friday 16th October
This rather special event, although incorporated within the Ilkley Literature Festival programme, also formed part of the wonderfully eclectic series of monthly concerts promoted and financed by The Friends Of The Manor House. Its intelligent bringing-together of literary and musical interests drew an eager capacity audience who were clearly curious to know more about the corpus of classic traditional ballads buried at the heart of our heritage (the term "ballad" being sensibly defined here as any form of narrative song). Brian's extensive experience as singer, musician and researcher shone through in his refreshing and genuinely knowledgeable presentation, during the course of which he performed a representative selection of ballads (drawn from the 300+ amassed together from several other collections by Harvard professor Francis J. Child in the late 19th century), linking his thoughtful, precise and commandingly con-brio musical renditions with a companionable exposition of the context of the collection and the provenance of the tales. Brian skilfully makes what might seem an arcane, overly exclusive academic province one that's truly inclusive; he possesses the gift of really involving his listeners at the outset and keeping their attention. His inspired opening gambit here was to "throw us in at the deep end" with a riveting acappella rendition of The Demon Lover, characterised by a brilliantly confident sense of purpose and direction. An expert practitioner of this repertoire, Brian is a fine singer with an intense presence, who displays a supreme command of expressive nuance and a true understanding of the importance of dynamics. He has a passion for his cause and treats the ballads with respect, yet is also able to find (and bring out) the humour and universal relevance therein. Here, Brian showed us that these ballads, far from the perceived stereotype (tedious, dour and often unintelligibly obscure litanies of doom, blood, death and disaster), can actually be fun!: a perfect illustration of this was when Brian performed his own "slightly rewritten" update of Six Nights Drunk. Elsewhere, Brian's keen musicianship was evident in his furnishing of apt musical settings for the ballads (for Child provided only the texts, no tunes), varying his choice of accompanying instrumentation accordingly. He employed deft and unobtrusive guitar strokes and chordings for the tales of Riddles Wisely Expounded, False Foodrage and Sir Aldingar (all the while maintaining a convincing sense of rhythmic momentum to drive the narrative onward). The hearty, fulsome tones of button accordion imparted a boisterous swell to the dark narrative of Henry Martin and the bawdy tale of The Farmer's Curst Wife (for which Brian even managed to coax from the audience some goodly chorus participation – more committed than I've heard in some local folk clubs!). And for Scarborough Fair there was nimble and gently evocative accompaniment on concertina. The audience response to this concert (which I overheard described as "one of the best events of the whole of the ILF") was deservedly long and enthusiastic: for Brian's expertise had afforded the uninitiated a fascinating glimpse into the world of the traditional ballad, the trials of which had been transformed into a resounding – and thoroughly entertaining – triumph. (Review by David Kidman)


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: maeve
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 10:09 AM

Thank you to MoorleyMan for posting that wonderfully written review. I look forward to seeing it used in advertising for a similar event here in Maine.

Well done indeed, Brian!

maeve


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 07:17 AM

Sheffield this Friday.

Halifax November 15.

Also Old Songs Festival, Altamont NY, next summer (subject to contract, visa etc.) - if you Maine folks are thinking of venturing over that way.

Description of the show here .


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Diva
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 09:09 AM

Cracking review and rightly so.......


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Maryrrf
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 10:27 AM

I'm really looking forward to having Brian perform at Richmond Folk Music . The description of this program has really wetted my appetite. Incidentally, my lifelong love and enjoyment of ballads was sparked by a high school English teacher who felt that they should be taught as literature. She brought in some texts and recordings and played them for us in class. I've been hooked ever since.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 10:56 AM

Yes Mary, I'm looking forward to Richmond as well. Many of the ballad scholars (including F J Child himself) came to the ballads from the literary side, and traditional ballads were a great source of inspiriation to the Romantic Poets. The only trouble was, that led to a concentration on the texts, and sometimes the tunes were ignored.

Still some tickets left for Sheffield Lantern Theatre tonight - it's Halloween tomorrow so maybe a cue for a ghostly one or two...


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: folktheatre
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 11:00 AM

Bold Lovell is great Brian. Just having a listen. Hope I might be able to make the Ilkley show.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 12:02 PM

Ikley's been and gone. Maybe Halifax?


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Folkiedave
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 08:00 PM

Just got back from the Sheffield show and wonderful it was too.

I do hope some festival organisers go and see it and book it too. This is so good everyone really ought to make an effort to go.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Santa
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 08:31 AM

re festival organisers: Brian did it at Fylde this year. Right good it was too.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: jennyr
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 08:34 AM

I also went to the Sheffield show last night, and it was brilliant. Engaging, informative, but also accessible to the non-folkies in the audience. Thanks for doing this, Brian!


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 08:49 AM

Brian's performance and understanding of the big ballads is unbeatable. He's done some excellent all-day workshops on the subject for us in Lewes, too; I was particularly impressed by the collection of source singers' recordings he brought to illustrate different versions of the same ballad from different countries.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-
From: GUEST,ek Anne
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 01:23 PM

Delighted to hear how well Brian's ballad show is doing with varied audiences, and very interesting too to read the crit. from a non-trad. reviewer with a great pair of ears and an open mind!
It's not surprising when you appreciate how much knowledge and experience he brings to the project as well as passion and a prodigious work ethic. And, of course, he knows -- as many of us singing ballads know -- that a well-chosen ballad can take audience members back to the memory of "sitting at the storyteller's knee", whatever their age, in less cynical times.
More power to your elbow, Brian, and perhaps the rest of us should jettison the fear that an audience wouldn't know what to do with a ballad, burnish up the goodies in our repertoire and proudly put the songs back out there, trusting our listeners to get involved.
Mind you, it raises a lot of issues about the quality of our performance in these circumstances -- but I suspect that's an entirely different thread!


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 01 Nov 09 - 01:17 PM

Very true, Anne - it's definitely a kind of storytelling. I do believe in trusting the listeners, but not every audience is as receptive as one that's turned out especially to hear ballads. A more general festival or club audience likes a bit of sugar with the pill!


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-
From: GUEST,ek Anne
Date: 01 Nov 09 - 04:03 PM

Brian,
Yes, there is a need for some sugar sometimes, but I know performers (and I'm sure you do too) who have no faith in an audience -- or their own delivery of a ballad -- and so they resort to 'prettier' or more anodyne material.
A test for the enduring power of ballads to speak to people is to present a carefully chosen example to school pupils (having set it in some kind of context), and then stand back as they explore all the ins and outs of the narrative, possible motivations of the characters and their own 21st century responses to moral questions.
What think you?


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Celtaddict
Date: 02 Nov 09 - 01:08 AM

Fine review of a show I would love to have seen. I look forward to your trip next spring!


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 05:35 AM

Hauling this back up the page again to remind you that yet more ships will be dashed to pieces, babies exchanged, drunkards duped, devils conquered, lovers reunited and limbs hacked off at the Square Chapel in Halifax (West Yorkshire, not Nova Scotia) this Sunday, November 15th.


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: maeve
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 06:51 AM

Winds west and away-o... There will be fortunate people there in Halifax (West Yorkshire, not Nova Scotia).


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Subject: RE: Brian Peters: Child Ballads in Yorkshire [Oct-Nov]
From: Brian Peters
Date: 13 Nov 09 - 01:20 PM

One last kick up to the top of the page!


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