Date/Time Sun 27 Jan 2013 7:45 PM
Chaucer, Dylan, Quite a few hats.
It’s The Miller’s Tale from the Canterbury Tales, told as never before! A musical comedy of Chaucer’s ’14th Century Carry-on’, told by England’s oldest song and dance man, the Miller.
This energetic one-man show has been described as a “mad medieval musical monologue of poetry, comedy, song and the occasional dance”. This fabulous fun-filled fable from the famous Canterbury Tales is performed by Pete Morton with the help of some Dylan songs… as well as a few other classics. While keeping close to the original poetry, it is easy to follow and understandably bonkers!
Pete Morton, a regular visitor to TwickFolk over the last two decades, is an acclaimed singer-songwriter in his own right. Many of his songs have become standards on the folk scene, notably ‘Another Train’ which has been recorded many times by other artists.
This is a new project for Pete, Yes, it’s the very Miller that rode out of London on the pilgrimage to Canterbury…
These days he recites his poem, dances around his broomstick, sings the songs of Bob Dylan and wears an interesting collection of hats. It’s definitely six centuries of separation. While keeping close to the original poetry, the Miller is almost fluent in modern English and understandably bonkers!
‘You’ve taken a gem of a story and re-worked it so brilliantly for a contemporary audience, you’ve blown the dust off Chaucer’s language and made us hear it afresh, you’ve made us laugh, sing, listen, … you made me cry with laughter. You were brilliant!’
Vivien Ellis of Dartington Music Summer School