Folk at the New Room: Travelling with Thomas on Thursday 12th April 2018

Folk at the New Room: Travelling with Thomas on Thursday 12th April 2018

Posted on: 11 Apr 2018

An ancient legend gets a new and modern twist this Thursday 12th April when Folk at the New Room in Bristol presents Travelling with Thomas.


The old tale of Thomas the Rhymer is over 700 years old but composer Laurel Swift and designer Lizzie Watts will be presenting an engaging, thought-provoking fresh spin on the legend that makes its ideas and themes just as resonant now as they were all those years ago.

The New Room in Bristol

Told through a showcase of new music, songs and artwork, this new spin on an old legend will create a folk musical to address some of the world's most pressing, vital contemporary issues such as fake news, disenchanted people and uncertain truths. Joining Laurel and Lizzie will be Paul Sartin, Harriet Riley, Sarah Moody and Deborah Chalmers. 


Exploring critical, relevant modern issues and concerns yet remaining rooted in the tales of Thomas original intentions and traditions, this is one in a series of immersive, intimate gigs at the venue which will present some of the most talented performers around, as well as offering a unique insight into the creative process through the stimulating application of history, ideas, music and imagery.


The event starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £14/£12 advance (concessions: £12/£10 advance) and can be booked here. 

You can find out more about the upcoming programme of activities and events at The New Room here. 


The New Room is located at 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE

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Jamie Caddick

Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg.  He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels.  You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.