The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover presents “Banners and Cranks NEK,” an evening of cantastoria and cranky performances, at Parker Pie in West Glover on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Witness an old art form re-imagined as performers from across the country offer up contemporary cantastoria and cranky performances in Vermont.
Cantastoria is the Italian word for an ancient performance form, which involves pictures, live music, and sung narration. Crankies are pictures on a scroll moved by means of a hand-cranked mechanism. This is a living and breathing folk performance practice that has found its own particular place alongside the technology and media of the twenty-first century.
The evening features Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle, renowned folk musicians dedicated to the mountain music tradition, bringing a captivating mix of ballads and foot-stomping dance tunes illustrated by hand-sewn crankies and painted banners, all the way from Virginia. Local performers Adam Cook, Modern Times Theater, Clare Dolan, and Meredith Holch round out the evening with cantastoria and cranky stories of mayhem, crime, heroism, inspiration, and mischief. Some special surprise guests will also join the performance.
The cost is $15 at the door, but cheaper for anyone who is broke — no one will be turned away.
Friday’s performance follows one on Thursday night, March 19, at The Lamp Shop in Burlington.
For more information, see museumofeverydaylife.org or call Clare Dolan at (802) 626-4409. — from the Museum of Everyday Life.
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