Portland, Oregon based crate diggers Mississippi Records are going on a summer tour around Europe, showcasing their own archives and screening films from the Alan Lomax archive (the Association for Cultural Equity).
The tour is headed up by Mississippi label head Eric Isaacson, who'll be showing select footage filmed on Lomax's travels around North America between 1978–1985, among other videos. Isaacson will be playing music too, culled from Mississippi's library of folk, blues, spirituals and roots music, from 1890 to the present day. Footage includes RL Burnside, Jack Owens, the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention, a funeral parade, one string guitar playing and more. (All the Lomax videos are available online via ACE here.)
Tour dates are as follows: Geneva Cinema Spoutnik & L'Ecurie (13 & 14 June), Berlin NK Project (15 &16 June), Brussels Galeries Cinema (17 June), Paris Montreuil (19 June), Deerhunter ATP Camber Sands (21–23 June), Bristol Cube Cinema (24 June), Cheltenham TBC (25 June), Birmingham Vivid Projects (26 June), Glasgow The Glad Cafe (27 June), Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre (30 June), London Cafe Oto (1 July), Bradford 1in12 Club (2 July). More info here.
In other news, Mississippi also recently started a subscription series (and got themselves a website). More on those developments here, and watch a video previewing the tour below.