The Nest Collective have announced the upcoming Song Collectors Collective Gathering 2016 this November 26th with a whole host of incredible speakers as well as an invitation for short talks (details below). Later the same evening and in the same location The Nest Collective also presents the 2nd UnampliFire Festival, a congregation of magnificent songsters.
Song Collectors Collective
SCC is a celebration of the art of song collecting which will feature insightful talks on various aspects of song collecting from esteemed invitees such as raconteur Hugh Lupton, ethnomusicologists Angela Impey and Shzr Ee Tan, Wren Music founder Paul Wilson, ethnobotanist Sarah Edwards and the prolific folklore archivist Doc Rowe. The Gathering will be followed by the The Nest Collective’s second UnampliFire festival featuring performances from some of the finest singers and storytellers working in the oral tradition. It will be a day of phenomenal stories, experiences, lives and melodies.
One of Britain’s foremost raconteurs, Hugh founded the Company of Storytellers has been instrumental in stimulating a nationwide revival of interest in storytelling. His appreciation of the oral tradition has also seen him pursue innovative collaborations with many musicians such as Helen Chadwick, Chris Wood, Rick Wilson and Liz McGowan. Hugh will explore the power of narrative in performance traditions.
Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London, Angela’s research examines music as oral history and political testimony focusing on gender, land and cultural citizenship in southern Africa and South Sudan. In 2011 she launched a unique MA in Music and Development which examines how music’s agentive and imaginative capacities act in different contexts globally to advance local individual and collective interests and identities. She will be presenting some of her latest projects at this year’s Gathering.
Described as “a national treasure”, folk archivist Doc lays claim to one of the most diverse and expansive collections of British culture of the last half century. His celebrated work spans from early days documenting Padstow’s May Day to the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance to Scotland’s Burry Man and beyond. We invite Doc to impart some of his knowledge from the archive and the field filming some of Britain’s most celebrated traditional musicians.
Shzr Ee Tan
Ethnomusicologist and musician Shzr Ee conducts innovative research into wide-ranging phenomena from Taiwanese aboriginal song to political-musical activism on the internet. A senior lecturer at Royal Holloway in London, she will be offering us a radically different perspective on folksong in Sinophone worlds.
A founding member of the groundbreaking Wren Music, Paul and his team have been reinvigorating the community field of folksong in South West England for over four decades. As a collector and performer he was also awarded the Gold Badge by EFDSS, particularly for his vital contribution to the Baring-Gould collection. He visits the SCC this year with tales and recordings from his work collecting and archiving.
A Kew scientist with an interdisciplinary background across ethnobotany/pharmacology and biodiversity informatics, Sarah currently teaches ethnobiology at Oxford University. She has worked with Australian Aboriginal communities on medicinal knowledge and is author of the book Phytopharmacy: an evidence-based guide to herbal medicinal products, as well pursuing music in her spare time. This year she will be sharing plant knowledge collected “with the Songman”
£15 (£12.50 Students & Concessions)
GATHERING + UNAMPLIFIRE DISCOUNT
Get £5 off when you buy tickets to both events! The Nest Collective‘s second grand UnampliFire Festival takes place on the same day in the same location as the SCC Gathering 2016. Receive a discount to both and experience an incredible day of song all in the magical setting of St Mark’s, Dalston.
Invitation for Speakers
For this year’s SCC Gathering 2016 they are inviting speakers to submit ideas forshort talks on song and folklore collecting. Applicants are encouraged to submit both descriptive and critical topics which cover or intersect with the fields of song collecting, ethnomusicology and folklore. These 10-15min short talks will take place alongside our existing program. To apply please send a short abstract (<200 words) to songcollectorscollective@
The SCC working closely with Dr Duncan Williams of Plymouth University has designed an new online course that teaches the art of song collecting and archiving. Launching in early 2017 this project will encourage the song collecting movement and bolster song collecting communities in both England and Ireland by training participants in tasks including: researching, recording, indexing, editing, archiving and the online publishing of songs and sharing them with the families and communities of the contributing singers. Watch this space for news on the upcoming launch.
A unique celebration of world roots music, this is not a wild party it is a festival of listening and music appreciation. Following on from the acclaimed UnampliFire at the Master Shipwright’s Palace earlier this year, The Nest Collective presents another spectacular line-up. Some of the finest songbirds are in attendance including:
Green Gartside (of Scritti Politti)
London Bulgarian Choir
Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath, Afro Celt Soundsystem)
Flats & Sharps
Fran Foote (Stick In The Wheel)
Come to the SCC’s annual gathering for the day, and be treated to an evening of extraordinary music, all in the same venue.
£30 (£25 with Gathering + UnampliFire Discount)
St Mark’s Rise, Dalston, London E8 2LJ