Scandinavian songs and stories.

Thank you very much to Marie for the write up.

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On Tuesday evening quite a large group of us headed to Accrington Library where they had been having a Scandinavian Day.
Earlier in the evening there was a family Show & Tell featuring Moomin Puppets by The Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company, followed by a hands on Fabric Folk Art session.
Our contribution was as part of a storytelling session where Dominic Kelly and his partner (and baby) enthralled us with Scandinavian tales of dark forests, demanding kings and cauldrons of porridge!
We sang The Unst Boat Song and Finlandia which we had been rehearsing over the previous few weeks. Everyone put their heart and soul into the performance and we got quite a few compliments from the audience and plenty of applause.

Dominic’s Swedish partner managed to silence us after the interval with an ear piercing but very melodious yodel (call to the reindeer?). She completed the session with another very emotive folk song in her native Swedish , interspersed with some English translation.
We enjoyed socialising and drinking wine and eating nibbles during the interval and then rounded the evening off with a look at the exhibition of jewellery and textiles from Sweden as part of a touring exhibition.
Thanks to Janet for her usual patience and belief in us as a choir fit to perform and to everyone who came along and sang!

Marie Hargreaves

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