Few people knew what to expect when storyteller, Tom Philips donned the Crowman’s mantle at Folk On The Farm’s latest Halloween storytelling event, except it promised to be a somewhat scary evening of chilling tales featuring Halloween, the Celtic festival of Samhain and the end of harvest.
Basing his tales on traditional folklore and some self penned material, Tom’s bewitching stories were aimed at both adults and children and made us jump and laugh and even provoked a little reflection upon the consequences of our actions. Tom’s mimicry and acting ability managed to keep the audience at Newbold Primary school spell-bound for the entire evening, no mean feat considering the extensive age range!
He was supported by Roots Community Singers, the Folk On The Farm Choir which sang a selection of songs from its current repertoire and by Willow and Rowan Songsmith who performed, Angels, a suitably ethereal duet.
The Friends Of Newbold School provided a superb harvest supper and also organised a children’s fancy dress scarecrow competition which lead to the evening raising over £200 for school funds.