A Zoom event for 12th Night by Pete Castle

FRIDAY 5th JANUARY 2024  at 8pm UK time

This will be a slightly tweaked version of the very well-received event I did last year. If you enjoyed it then you’ll enjoy it even more now! If you missed it last year, well, don’t miss it again this time.

Bring a bottle of your favourite tipple and some left-over Christmas goodies, turn the heating up  or snuggle under a duvet and join Pete for a ‘different’ Christmas event which will include some of his favourite and most popular stories and songs.

It will be secular, left wing, alternative Christmas show based around traditional songs and stories. It will include the odd carol, and perhaps a mention of Father Christmas and presents, but much more of it will be about poor people going guising to raise money to buy their Christmas dinner. But, don’t worry, it won’t be all doom and gloom, there will be plenty of laughs as well although there probably won’t be  Lord of Misrule, unless the Zoom gremlins show up!

In the past the whole of the Christmas period was difficult for the poor and they needed to go guising, or mumming, or hoodening, or whatever else they called it locally—perhaps just carol singing—to survive.

For the better-off, Christmas did last the whole 12 Days with partridges in pear trees and lords a-leaping. Christmas Day itself was just a holy day, the main day for celebrations and presents was 12th Night, so that’s when we will celebrate.

Last year a reviewer said:

“Pete continued with stories and songs and a masterclass in folk customs, connecting to, as he put it, ‘The folky side of Christmas.’ He invited his audience to sing along to some of the tunes and made them so appealing and fun that before I knew it, I joined in with a medieval riddling song and old carols like The Holy and the Ivy. He treated us to a genius seasonal mix of story, song and folklore, all interspersed with wit, gentle humour and laughter. His style is so relaxed; the tunes just drop from his fingers and lips; I was beginning to think Pete must be a real-life green man! He makes his performance look effortless and easy, a joy to watch. He is a storyteller, folklorist, musician and writer extraordinaire with several collections of folktales.”

The event will be hosted by Tenterden Folk Festival.

Tickets are £5 with the option of paying £10 if there will be more than one of you watching or if you just want to donate to charity. (But that is optional.) Profits will go to charity—not sure what yet.

Get your tickets from:  https://www.musicglue.com/tenterdenfolkfestival/tickets/