Folk Horror Revival: The Unseelie Court
These special events will feature talks, film screenings and performances to explore themes of cultural rituals, earth mysteries, psychogeography and folklore. Come along and prepare to be scared!
Named after an uncanny host of supernatural beings in Scottish
folklore,The Unseelie Court comprises of two events- a day event largely focussed on talks and a night event focussed on music. A separate ticket will be required for each event, with a discount for those attending both.
This is the second FHR event, following in the hoof prints last year's sold out Otherworldly event at the British Museum.
The full line up and ticket information will be announced over the next wee while, however we can begin by announcing our first speakers:
Chris Lambert will be our MC for the day, and will be launching The Wyrd Calendar. Maybe there will be some tales of The Black Meadow.
Andy Paciorek & Darren Charles, our very own revivalist admins will be reprising their introduction to folk horror.
Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band, who shall be reading from his book, You Know What You Could Be, which shall be followed by a Q&A.
Sally-Anne Huxtable, Principal Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland, Editor of the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, and a dabbler in the Dark Arts, who will be talking on Folk Horror and The Pre-Raphaelites.
A screeing of the film Borley Rectory, director Ashley Thorpe will also be in attendance.
Cat Irving and Daniel Pietersen on Beyond Burke and Hare. Cat Irving, Human Remains Conservator for Surgeons' Hall Museums, and Daniel Pietersen, horror author, investigate the history behind the life and death of Edinburgh's most notorious murderers, Burke & Hare, and their connection to one of its most enigmatic mysteries, the Fairy Coffins of Arthur's Seat.
Murdo Eason of The Fife Psychogeographical Collective, who will be talking on Embedded in the Landscape: Psychogeography, Folk Horror and the Everyday.
Plus, our evening event, which features:
Pye Corner Audio-submerged rhythms and ectoplasmic electronics haunt the disused dance halls and concrete derelicts of Belbury.
It’s possible to detect echoes of John Carpenter, Italo-horror soundtracks and a kind of post rave meltdown in Martin Jenkins’ submerged disco and spectral electronics.
English Heretic who will be performing their bringing their occult soundscapes, which draw inspiration from psychedelic folk, ritual ethnographic recordings, electronica, TV documentaries,and field recordings.
Folklore Tapes- an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain and beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic and strange phenomena of the old counties via abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals. The driving principle of the project is to bring the nation’s folk record to life, to rekindle interest in the treasure trove of traditional culture by finding new forms for its expression.They will be performing at the evening event.
The Psychogeographical Commission Formed in 2008, they explore the many interfaces between the built environment and the people who inhabit it through dérive, magick and sonic experimentation.
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Saturday 21st October
Day event begins 10am
Night event begins 7.30pm