Ok so this is our third announcement for Folk Horror Revival’s Witch Cults event on 14 July at The Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle, and as you can probably see the lineup is starting to take shape. Only two things to announce today, but we still have a number of amazingly cool things to bring you before the lineup is complete. Anyway back to today and firstly we have another addition to our musical lineup.
Peg Powler are a four piece acoustic band from the Teesside and North Yorkshire areas performing original material, traditional folk songs and blues & jazz standards. Their original material embraces literary motifs, contemporary life and traditional, mythical and historical influences. They play regularly at folk, poetry and literary festivals, folk and acoustic events and are the house band at Folklines, Middlesbrough’s contemporary evening of music and spoken word.
They take their name from the mythical hag of the River Tees, a grindylow who is said to grab children and wayward young men who stray too close to the bubbling river’s edge and devour them in her watery den, known as Hell’s Kettles.
Peg Powler’s debut album, Northern Lines is available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
Ian Bartholomew: Guitar/Vocals/Songwriting;
Sara Dennis: Vocals/Ukulele/Harmonium/Percussion/Songwriting;
Mags Forward: Fiddle/Backing Vocals;
Graham Brotton: Double Bass/Guitar/Backing Vocals.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
‘The best new folk band in the North.’
Andy Willoughby, Poet, Literary Director and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.
‘Beautifully dark and twisted folk music with a macabre streak a mile wide.’
Bob Fischer, BBC Tees
Peg Powler are a North East band standing firmly in the present but with roots running deep into the past. Drawing upon wealth of folklore, myth and history their powerful original songs bring us face to face with a host of wyrd characters, dangerous situations and dark dramas that remind us of our own challenges and of how our own choices will shape our futures. This is beautiful, breath-taking and intelligent music.
Bob Beagrie, Poet, Literary Director and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.
‘It’s common nowadays when trying to describe musicians to say they are a little bit of this or that, well if it helps, Peg Powler are like early Fairport mixed with the Strawbs, and dash of Pentangle. But more than all of this, their music sounds like home to me. Sara Dennis’s lilting voice with an edge of jazz to it would be equally at home in a Greenwich Village jazz cellar, but the music is rooted on the banks of the Tees, singing about the water witch, the eponymous Peg Powler or the all-American Emily Dickinson. It’s all here.’
Peter Lagan, Lutenist
Also joining our carefully curated programme of films we have a classic witchcraft documentary from the golden age of witchcraft films, 1970s.
Angeli Bianchi…. Angeli Neri (Witchcraft 70)
We are proud to present a very rare screening of the European version of Luigi Scattini’s ‘Witchcraft 70’ documentary. This is a very different print than the American version of the film, it starts with grave desecrations in Highgate Cemetery London that is not in the US print. Featuring a wonderful score by Piero Umiliani, that really helps give the documentary the feel of classic Italian horror movies at the time. The film is very much a product of its era and the voice over sometimes contains some ‘groovy’ dialogue.
This version features extended footage of British witches Alex and Maxine Sanders preparing a ritual. The film also covers a black mass and Anton La Vey and the Church of Satan as well as voodoo rituals. The documentary does not differentiate between Satanism, black magic and witchcraft and puts them in a melting pot together to make a heady psychedelic brew. Copies of this movie are very hard to come by as it’s never been officially released on DVD and the last screenings of it in the UK took place in the 70’s, today we present the best sourced version that we can find. Witchcraft 70 is certainly a product of its era, the film does contain nudity and animal sacrifice that may upset some viewers. This is the extended 90 minute version, we show it here as a time capsule of when witchcraft was at its public height within the media consciousness.
They join those already announced on the lineup that promises to be one of the truly outstanding witchcraft related events of the year. So far we have:
Speakers – Darren Charles, Gail-Nina Anderson, and Bob Beagrie
Films – Simon King of the Witches, and Angeli Bianchi…. Angeli Neri
Musical performances – Peg Powler, Hokano, Heartwood Institute, and Black Mountain Transmitter.
Still come we have more wonderful speakers, more amazing musical acts, a selection of specially chosen short films, and even more exciting things taking place which I can’t reveal to you just yet.
Tickets for either the full day or just the evening event are available from the eventbrite link below: