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Matt Stokes: A Traveller and A Shepherd

Exhibition

Sat 20th July – Sun 22nd September, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

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In Summer 2019, Museums Northumberland is thrilled to be sharing some of Northumberland’s most extraordinary and little-known stories with you.

A Traveller and a Shepherd

Matt Stokes

20th July – 22nd September 2019

‘A Traveller and a Shepherd’ is a new film by artist Matt Stokes and local comedy writer, Steve Blakeney.

The artwork was inspired by a scrapbook of humorous piping jokes and articles taken from newspapers and journals. These cuttings were gathered by William Alfred Cocks whose personal collection forms the basis of the displays in the museum. Stokes discovered the scrapbook whilst researching the museum collection, and it is presented to the public for the first time this summer.

‘A Traveller and a Shepherd’ (aka ‘Geordie and the Pipes’) tells the comical and fantastical tale of a time-travelling Northumbrian. ‘Geordie’s’ patter invites the audience to discover the history of the pipes, their variations and to meet key figures in piping lore.

Contents of the scrapbook also reference the advent of radio during the 1920s, and its role in disseminating pipe music. These technological advances similarly heralded a new wave in British comedy. This is acknowledged in the film, with the script delivered in the style of a 1950’s radio sketch, which we see in the process of being broadcast. The comedian is accompanied by a piper playing the small pipes in response to ‘Geordie’s’ gags, placing them at the heart of, and witness to their own story.’

‘A Traveller and a Shepherd’ has been supported through generous public funding from Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council.

Film Credits:

Cast                                                                                       

‘Geordie’                               Chris Connel

Piper                                     Chris Ormston

Radio Engineer                     John Spratt

Crew

Director of Photography               James McAleer

Sound Recordist                          Aris Anastassopoulos

Lighting                                        Kev Todd

Hair and Make-up                        Laura Tallentire

Post Production                           Fantomeline

Sound Mixing                              Jordan Miller

Set Location                                Cobalt Studios, Newcastle

Explore our other Northumberland museums this summer to experience more work by Matt Stokes:

Beyond the Field: Encounter a lost rural soundscape inspired by the 18th century borderland at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.

Felons: Explore contemporary prisoner experiences through the connected symbolism of raptors at Hexham Old Gaol.

Soundmirror: Discover the incredible story of the orchid grown and named for local footballing legend Jackie Milburn at Woodhorn Museum.

 

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  • Tuesday 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - 5pm
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  • Sunday Closed

Some of our museums are now running on summer opening times. To find out more, visit the Opening Times page.