Stories’n’Harp

A story and music collaboration between storyteller Tony “Monty” Hirst, harpist Theresa Ellis and singer Jenni Charity, featuring stories, sung verses and harp.

SEE US AT VENTNOR FRINGE 2024 — TWO DIFFERENT SETS — “Tales of Ireland and Wales”, Tuesday, July 23rd, 2924, 2-3pm, Ingrams Yard, and “Tales of England and Scotland”, Wednesday, July 24th, 2024, 2-3pm, Ingrams Yard. Tickets on sale now: Ireland and Wales (Tues), England and Scotland (Weds).

ALSO BOOKED IN:

  • Monkton Arts, Wednesday, November 20th, 2024, 7pm.
  • Medina Bookshop, Cowes, Monday, December 9th, 2024, 7pm.

Repertoire

Gwion Bach — traditional Welsh tale, the origin story of Taliesin, greatest of the bards [storynotes]. Music: Lavaromp Ar Chapelet, arr. Dominic Bouchard. 🎧

Binnorie / The Twa Sisters — traditional Scottish / Northern English / Scandinavian ballad, of jealousy, murder and singing bones, based on cante fable version in Joseph Jacobs’ English Fairy Tales, 1890 [storynotes]. Lyrics: Child, version C. 🎧. 🎧, 🎧

Oisin and Tir na NogOisin and the Land of the Ever Young, traditional Irish tale, a basis story for how we come to know the tales of Fionn MacCumhail and the Fianna [storynotes]. Music: La Gueussinette (Steve Jones, arr. Ailie Robertson). 🎧

The Pedlar of Swaffham — traditional English story [draft storynotes]. Music: Apple Tree Wassail, trad., arranged by Fran Barsby. Lyrics: version by Doug Eunson and Sarah Mathews, additional lyrics by Jenni Charity. 🎧

Sir Orfeo / Sir Orpheo — traditional English romance, based on the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice [draft storynotes]. Music: Crossing the Bar, composed by Theresa Ellis; Tristan and Yseult, composed by Hervé Quefféléant. 🎧

Mabinogion Second Branch / Bran and Branwen — Traditional Welsh story, a roller-coaster of a ride from the marriage of Branwen, to the pillage of Ireland, to a legend of the Tower of London [storynotes]. Music: to follow….

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