The Camino Crankie Suite will be performed at Jordan-Bachman Pioneer Farms in Austin on May 21 at 11AM and 1:30PM.
El Camino Real de los Tejas Crankie Suite is an epic low-tech expedition across time and Texas. Brian Beattie tells the story in song while Valerie Fowler cranks the plot along in their home-made crankie box, an early form of panorama storytelling. Valerie’s extra-natural depictions of historic places and people in Texas meld with Brian’s “Billy Gibbons meets Mr. Rogers” musical stylings to create a dream-like atmosphere that carries you, song by song, forward and backward through time. Yet all the while, it’s simply a trip from the Rio Grande to San Antonio, Austin, Nacogdoches and beyond and it’s all along that storied road, El Camino Real de los Tejas.
The event will celebrate the Camino on the 302rd anniversary of the passing of the Aguayo expedition through what is now the Austin area.