• Jem Roberts

It Is Time For Your Appointment... with The Apple Tree Man.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

HAPPY HARVEST FOLKLORE THURSDAY, LOVELY TOB-BACKERS!

Before we dive into this week's themed tale, we're positively fizzy with excitement not only to be 1/3 funded, but also to announce that the tickets for the next TALES OF BRITAIN LIVE at the Rondo Theatre, Bath, are now available to buy HERE. Brother Bernard (comedian and Blackadder chronicler Jem Roberts) and Sister Sal (actor Kate Harbour, Bob the Builder, Shaun the Sheep) will be performing four tales from Wales, Scotland and England in this beautiful theatre at the foot of Solsbury Hill, with free sweeties for audiences, and all ages catered for! (Though under-5s may need cosy laps.) It's right at the start of Half-Term, what could be more perfect? Hope to see you there!

We won't be performing this tale on that occasion, but if the show goes well, The Rondo will invite us back for a Christmas special in December – in which case, THE APPLE TREE MAN will be a must! In fact, we were planning to save this tale – along with the short recording from BBC Bristol, you can listen to above – for the festive period, as a special pressie for you all. But as Folklore Thursday has announced a Havrest theme for today, this had to be the choice.

The Apple Tree Man is such a fun yarn and with such a distinct rural magic, we'll never get bored of performing it, and hope that when the book is finally in your hands, you'll enjoy reading it aloud too – the only problem for our roadmap of tales, was where to place it! There's no one county with dibs on The Apple Tree Man, and we were particularly split between the counties of Kent (The Garden Of England) and Somerset, while Dorset and Herefordshire also can lay claims to being cider central, as well. In short, we've recommended orchards you can visit and see cider being made, and sampled, but given Somerset the default spot on the story map. 

We're trying to limit the number of tales we give away for free, but having offered this text as a Winter Solstice gift for you all last year, we may as well keep it in circulation, so here's the longer version to enjoy for yourself, besides the mp3 above: THE APPLE TREE MAN

And we'll have to think of a different story to give you all this Christmas!

In return, all we would ask, is that you order our book if you haven't already – by clicking on any of the pledge options to the right! And if you already have, please get someone else to do this. If everyone who's looking forward to this book could convince one other person to do this, never mind being 1/3 funded, we would be 2/3 on the way to publication!

Keep spreading the word, and of course – should you be of age and have no alcohol problems – DRINK UP THY ZIDER!

© Andrew Paciorek – an oddly creepy looking Apple Tree Man!

©Sandy Nightingale – Now that's more like it! Order a copy HERE.

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