W02 Songs of the Bardic Harper
Sat 6th April - 11:00am to 12:00 noon
Merchiston Workshops - Workshop Space
In Medieval times, a bard
was a professional storyteller, poet, and music-maker and the harp the
archetypal instrument of the bard. The ballad is one way a bard would
combine the story with music. This workshop will focus on ballads from The
James Madison Carpenter Collection and The Grieg Duncan Folksong
Collection, which have the harp as a motif or theme within the ballad.
Many of these ballads were collected in the North East of Scotland but
have similar versions around the world. Irene will also provide some
background to the songs placing them in context. Participants may bring
harps if they wish to try some easy patterns to accompany the songs, which
may be spoken as well as sung. Words will be provided but not music.
Tutor: Irene Watt - Irene is a singer, harper, workshop leader
and an educationalist. She has a PhD in Ethnomusicology and Folklore and
teaches and lecturers for The Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen
University as well as the North East Hub of the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland. She is choir director for two award winning choirs and also
Convenor for the North East Scotland Branch of the Clarsach Society.