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Ghosts, Werewolves & Countryfolk

The Sabine Baring-Gould Centenary Project

Jim Causley // John Palmer // Miranda Sykes

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.
Sunday August 24, 12.30pm.

SIX-TIME BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes from Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight celebrate the centenary of folk pioneer Sabine Baring-Gould.

Along with narrator John Palmer, Jim and Miranda explore the life of this astonishing and often overlooked Victorian celebrity through the folk songs that meant so much to him in a highly entertaining show that will have the audience singing, gasping and smiling.

As well as being an avid collector of folk songs – inspiring Cecil Sharp to follow in his footsteps 10 years after him – Baring-Gould was also one of the Victorian era’s best-selling novelists, the writer of a gruesome book on werewolves, the author of a nerve-tingling book of ghost stories, the compiler of one of the finest Dartmoor travel books – and composer of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers – with a tune by Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Of all of these achievements, Baring-Gould wrote: ‘To this day I consider that the recovery of our West Country melodies has been the principle achievement of my life.’

He interleaved folk songs he’d collected and wove real people and events into his fiction, to give it life. And that’s what Jim and Miranda do in the show, where they’re joined by narrator John Palmer, creator of the critically acclaimed Vaughan Williams 150 Anniversary From Pub to Pulpit tour.

TICKETS: £15+1 in advance, £18+1 on the door.

NB This is a SEATED ONLY show.


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