TateShots asked artists who use music in their practice to each make a music video



Ruth Ewan chose to create a video for the English folk song ‘The Cutty Wren’. She asked musician David Coulter to whistle the tune, and invited 10-year old Fred Woodley Evans to create a simple animation sequence, referencing the song’s lyrics. The Cutty Wren is one of the earliest known protest songs, and there are number of different interpretations of its meaning. Ewan chooses to focus on its associations with the English Peasants Revolt of 1381. The revolt was precipitated by King Richard II’s attempts to enforce a poll tax on his people. The song tells the story of the capture of the wren - a symbol for the King - and its division amongst the poor.