Yan Tan Tethera was a English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) commission, curated by sonic visual artist David Littler. Taking over Cecil Sharp House – and spilling into the local Camden area – this inspirational project celebrated the wonderful wealth of textile songs in England.
David brought together a season of performances, events and workshops, as well as an exhibition which explored the rich vein of folk songs and dances that have emanated from, and been inspired by, England’s textiles industry. It explored, shared and brought to life songs about roving hecklers, doffing mistresses, croppers, mowers and drunken tailors.
Surprising and thought provoking, contemporary and historic, this collaborative project involved an impressive group of artists including Freddie Robins, Shane Waltener, Prick Your Finger, Stewart Easton, Celia Ward, the McGrath Makers’ Group, and artists from the collective sampler-cultureclash – Jason Singh, Hector MacInnes, Anne Martin and Aimée Leonard.