Some of you may already know the work of David Owen, the 'Official Artist' of the Cambridge Folk Festival. The image here - 'Morrissey Dancing' - is one of his most typical images, and expresses more than anything else his dry sense of whimsy. More still may be seen at his website. I love David's work and, when I met him here at Cambridge I was delighted to find that the chap himself is as witty and passionate as the images he makes.
David's going to be putting up images across the festival site as the weekend progresses, all playing with our ideas of folk music and the arguments it has inspired over the years.
David's got a big project coming up called 5,000 Morris Dancers, inspired by Seb Coe's jokey comment that the 2012 Olympics' opening event might feature 5,000 such dancers. The project will be an installation at London's Southbank Centre in September. At its heart will be an enormous installation of 'morris-inspired folk-pop art' which will be enhanced by music, dance, film and folk mayhem. David wants to challenge the modern stereotype of Morris as mockable and cheesy and remind us how powerful and alternative it can be. So for all you people in the south of the country, that is one not to miss; the rest of us will be able to follow it on the Southbank website or via David's Ink Corporation site.
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