Welcome to Punkie Night

by Sharron Kraus

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'Welcome to Punkie Night' is the soundtrack to the book of the same name created by the Golden Thread Project.

The Welcome to Punkie Night story and artwork is a collaboration by GTP founders Aidan Saunders and ZEEL, with Stephen Fowler.

The integral soundtrack is composed and recorded by Sharron Kraus and created in collaboration with GTP during the development and artworking process.

Graphic design by Jake Hopwood of Work Form.

Published 2021.

Supported by UAL.

Made to accompany the Work of the Golden Thread Project exhibition and Punky Nite music event at Cecil Sharp House, 2021.

With thanks to the villagers of Hinton St George for their help in researching this book.

Every last Thursday in October, the villagers of Hinton St George, Somerset enjoy an ancient tradition. This is Punkie Night, an autumnal custom that welcomes travellers home as the lengthening evenings become more gloomy. It celebrates the turn of the seasons, as do many similar autumn rituals around the globe. Punkie Night starts with crafting Punkie Lanterns. As they have been for generations, lanterns are crafted from handsome mangle-wurzles and humble turnips, carved with designs that do not pierce the walls of the lantern. Punkies feature a wide range of motifs, from eerie faces to ships and unicorns. These Punkies, gently aglow from a candle or light inside, are displayed on walls and doorsteps, and carried in a parade that circles the village, whilst the Punkie Song is sung:

It's Punkie Night tonight
It's Punkie Night tonight
Give us a candle, give us a light
It's Punkie Night tonight

It's Punkie Night tonight
It's Punkie Night tonight
Adam and Eve wouldn't believe
It's Punkie Night tonight

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released October 30, 2021

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Sharron Kraus Sheffield, UK

Sharron Kraus is a singer, musician and songwriter who both defiantly recasts and tenderly cherishes the folk traditions of England and Appalachia. Her songs tell intricate tales of rootless souls, dark secrets and earthy joys, the lyrics plucked as sonorously as her acoustic guitar. ... more

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