Barley Wood Wassail 14th January. Midday till late.
‘Here’s to thee, old apple tree, that blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, an’ all under one tree.
It’s time, once again, to ward off those evil spirits, satisfy the green man and feed the robin.
Building on last year’s sell-out event, The Ethicurean bring you an extended full day event with activities for all the family
including storytelling, creative workshops, face painting & art.
Wassail Ceremony 18:00
Farm workers and west-country ruffians carrying lanterns, a pail and pitcher flagons full of cider, horns and one designated
shot gun shooter will gather in-front of the oldest and most prolific tree. This tree is known as the Apple Tree Man and is
feted as the guardian of the orchard. Cider is poured onto its roots and pieces of soaked toast or cake are put in the
branches for the robins – guardian spirits of the trees. “Scamp” – our resident robin, no doubt, will make an appearance on the night.
Mummers Play performed by Le Navet Bete 19:00
Le Navet Bete- An International touring troupe of clowns whose high energy, spectacular and hilarious shows have wowed
audiences in over twenty countries. They have created their own version of a Mummers Play. It will, without doubt, be incredible.
Lori Campbell Live.
Lori Campbell- With influences from Kate Bush to Burt Jancsh, Lori is weaving her own brand of soulful folk, which she has been cultivating from a young age in the valleys of South East Devon. With packed out performances at the Guardian Hay, Glastonbury, Womad and Larmertree Festivals already under her belt in 2011 you can expect to be hearing a lot more from this enchanting siren over the coming years.
Acoustic, Folk & Tropical you say?
– Absolutely divine we say!
Headline act Poppy Perezz
Poppy Perez- The four piece, hailing from Mexico, Trinidad and England but now resident in the suitably cosmopolitan city of Bristol. Described variously as pinball electro, chirp-hop or even electro-funk-folk pop, one thing’s for certain: you’re unlikely to have heard anything quite like it before. Imagine an exotic trip through Highlife-style guitar licks, Mariachi-band trumpets, percolating basslines, disco handclaps, soaring flute solos, crazy arpeggio synth lines and video game bleeps and bloops – and you’ll get the general idea.
Resident artist studios are open 12 till 18.30 with demonstrations throughout the day.
The first 500 advance tickets will include a free slice of Barley Wood Sticky Toffee Apple Cake for the blessing of the orchard ceremony.
Who shall be chosen as the Wassail King & Queen?
“Watch out for thar there bean me babbers”
Have we mentioned cider and decent West Country Food?
Limited coach tickets are available from Bristol. Contact the venue for more info.