Caught by the River

Ten Years of Folklore Tapes

1st May 2021

The consistently excellent Folklore Tapes have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund two special releases, in celebration of their tenth birthday.

The first is an audiophile-grade reissue of Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor, which saw Folklore Tapes’ Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker guided through Dartmoor by the spirit of the late folklorist Theo Brown. Released to widespread acclaim in 2014 as a box-set containing seven seven-inch records, a DVD, map, booklet, poster and postcards, the pressing sold out within six months and has remained a sought-after collector’s item ever since.

The second is a new Ten Year Anniversary Book featuring essays and hitherto unseen photography from the collective’s many fieldtrips, recording sessions and live performances.

Folklore Tapes began in 2011 as a postal exchange between David Chatton Barker and Ian Humberstone. From there, the project grew roots, knots and branches – much like a gnarled old oak tree. Folklore Tapes soon developed into a fully-fledged collective, with a large cast of contributors – including such luminaries as Sam McLoughlin, Mary Stark, Rob St John, and Arianne Churchman – spread throughout the UK.

You can read more via the Folklore Tapes Kickstarter page, where you can also bag yourself a copy of the record, a copy of the book, and some other fantastic rewards in exchange for a donation.