Todmorden Folklore Explore


Todmorden Folk Festival have commissioned me to create a story telling and sound walk through Centre Vale Park on the 29th April.

There will be two walks starting at 11am and 2pm lasting about 45 minutes each during which families are invited to hear a story based on a local folk tale called ‘Lady Sybil and the Milk-White Doe’ told by local story-teller Ruthie Boycott-Garnett. The story has lots of interactive elements included exploring sounds and visual representations. It’s free so please come along if you’re around!

“Take an adventure in to the park and find an old local tale lost in the woods.

Discover a world where you can change yourself into any animal, track the signs of our local witch magic and connect with your natural surroundings. Join us for a guided sound walk with storytelling, music and hidden noises or pick up a map from local outlets and see if you can find the trail on your own. This piece has been created as part of our festival outreach programme working throughout the year with the people of Todmorden. Suggested for ages 5 and upwards.

Part of the walk will be following the smaller paths in to the woods and may be unsuitable for light prams and wheelchairs.

Sophie Cooper is a Todmorden based musician and co-founder of Tor Festival. Sophie’s solo music often explores themes of narrative and for Tod Folk Fest she has taken this interest further with the creation of a bespoke sound walk working with local storyteller and engagement artist Ruthie Boycott-Garnett.”

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