So back in Edinburgh after many years. Last time I was there I came on a bike. Now I had a little more to carry….
This time it was ’Oluf Strangesøns Dystrit – Oluf Strangeson’s Joust’ with fleeing horses, duels, cold winter, prayers, dances….. with harper and singer Leah Stuttard
‘Oluf Strangesøns Dystrit – Oluf Strangeson’s Joust’ is like a scrapbook full of music and poetry from around 1500. We did it in Copenhagen as part of the European Day of Early Music inaugurated this year.
This time it was a houseconcert in the beautiful rooms of Chris and Cait. There we continued our work one of Denmark’s most unique medieval ballads “Oluf Strangesøns dystrit” about two friends, Oluf and Hasburd, who embark on a dangerous journey with deadly duels in the early morning. I have reconstructed melody to another of this old text – a Swedish ballad from around 1600 Danzen i Rosendelund. Here we have the light, sensual midsummer time when the evenings are bright and long. The young man comes riding on his grey steed in to a Rosegarden where he finds a traditional dance in which his beloved is participating. Along this strong ballads we create a tapestry of songs, dances, ballads, prayers, sequences…
We will soon record this so we can present a CD on the concerts with both of us – not “only” our solo CD’s.