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07 May 2013

Hit the road Jack! The London Sound Survey gets out and about

HERE’S A COUPLE of events in May where I’ll be holding the London Sound Survey banner aloft in public.

This coming Thursday (the 9th) I’ve been very kindly invited by the South-East London Folklore Society to speak at their monthly pub meeting. SELFS run some of the liveliest and most entertaining pub meetings in London, and previous talk titles include City of Sin: London and its Vices, The Occult Life of Dennis Wheatley, Jewish Folklore of the East End, and Chris Roberts’ memorable A Magical Mystery Tour of London.

My efforts are going under the heading of London’s Lost Worlds of Sound and I’ll be talking about and presenting archival recordings of the old city. Hear all about Mike Stern the mayor of Petticoat Lane, the singing sewer workers of the New Kent Road, performing dogs and fortune tellers, and the secrets of the Tower of London’s ravens.

It’s upstairs at the Old King’s Head on Borough High Street and begins at 8pm sharp. Tickets at the door are £2.50 or £1.50 concession – a bargain for an evening’s auditory stimulation in a great old pub. Here’s the location on the map below:

On Saturday May the 25th I’ll be appearing as part of Caught by the River‘s contribution to the Field Day Festival in Victoria Park, Hackney. As you can see from the flyer, I’ve got things to do all day there, so best stay away from the beer tent until after me and Cheryl Tipp, the British Library’s vivacious wildlife and natural sounds curator, have held our quiz.

Field Day flyer

Plus, I might have some London Sound Survey vinyl LPs to sell to you, special festival price, unrepeatable bargain. Hope to you see there!

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