LIVE PERFORMANCE: Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows"
Join festival favorite Robert Lloyd Perry as he performs Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows" as only he can, by candlelight, with creepy musical accompaniment by Chris Bozzone (Yuggoth Records).
Robert Lloyd Parry is an actor and writer who specializes in literary storytelling: theatrical performances based upon texts from the golden age of the short story in English, approx 1880 - 1930. Since 2005 he has been touring the UK with the The M R James Project, a series of solo performances which bring to life the masterpieces of the father of the English Ghost Story. In 2015 he appeared as M R James in Mark Gatiss’s BBC documentary M R James: Ghost Writer. He has himself produced, written and presented two documentaries based on James’s work: “Wits in Felixstowe” and “Dim Presences.” Between 2013 – 16 he toured his adaptation of H G Wells’s The Time Machine around the UK, with the support of Arts Council England. He regularly performs short stories in pubs and libraries throughout the land, works by the likes of H G Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Saki, Arthur Machen, Kenneth Graham and E F Benson.
Chris Bozzone is a soundtrack composer, songwriter and filmmaker. In the fall of 2017, he began working with Jonathan Dennison, the founder of Cadabra Records on his first soundtrack for the label, Thomas Ligotti's "The Bungalow House,'' a vinyl-and-cassette release that came out in 2018. His soundtrack work for Cadabra Records covers a wide array of weird, fantastical and macabre fiction. Bozzone also works with film and concert hall composer Peter Scartabello and his Yuggoth Records label. In October of 2022, Yuggoth Records released Bozzone’s first album for the label, “Phantom Flowers,” as a vinyl record and digitally. Bozzone and Scartabello released their debut collaborative album, “Glimpsing Into Oblivion” under the project name Seer in April of 2023. Singular for his ability to fuse together different musical styles, Bozzone's scores and songs encompass evocative electronic music, arresting folk melodies, classical piano compositions, and boundary-pushing experimental soundscapes.