A Time to Keep - Event Showcasing Songs by Lise Sinclair & Ástvaldur Traustasson
28 February 2012
A Time to Keep - Songs by Lise Sinclair
& Ástvaldur Traustasson - based on short stories by
George Mackay Brown
All dates and locations of this event are:
Thursday 8th March - St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
Friday 9th March - Fair Isle
Sunday 11th March - Town Hall, Lerwick
Thursday 15th March - Scottish Storytelling Centre,
Saturday 17th March - Norræna húsið, Reykjavík,
The stories in George Mackay Brown's, "A Time to Keep" are tales
of life in all its small detail, set in the harsh and beautiful
landscape of the Northern Isles. They are lit with the author's
precise, poetic touch and the characteristically understated
Northern voice. The characters inhabit an unwritten history between
the sagas and the 20th century as if carefully gathered from time
Lise Sinclair is a singer, songwriter and poet of that same
landscape and its music and literary traditions - a native of Fair
Isle, Britain's most remote inhabited island, half way between
Orkney and Shetland.
Lise has written a series of new songs that will bring the stories
out of the book and connect the past with the present and the
Northern Isles with Iceland, where George MacKay Brown drew
reference and linked the Scottish and Nordic cultures as they are
still lived in these Isles. Lise says that it wasn't so much an
idea that presented itself, as she began to hear these songs on
first reading the book, as if they were already there, singing out
of George's clear, lyrical prose."
The music has been written in collaboration with Icelandic
musician and composer, Ástvaldur Traustasson and recorded by a band
of musicians from across the North Isles and Iceland, including
Lise, Ástvaldur, Inge Thomson, Brian Cromarty, Ewen Thomson and
poet and Icelandic translator A∂alstein Asberg Sigur∂sson. The band
gathered from the North, in Edinburgh in January to rehearse and
record the songs and will be releasing the album and performing the
songs at a special series of concerts set to take place in the
Isles, Edinburgh and Reyjavík in March 2012, at the end of the Year
of Scotland's Islands.
The music is a rich tapestry of sound: voices, piano, fiddle,
guitars, accordion, mandolin, banjo and harmonium, blending a
wealth of tradition with what's new in Scottish music and Icelandic
jazz into songs which are a journey from beginning to end, through
time, under wide island skies.
The first performance is on Thursday 8th March in St. Magnus
Cathedral in Orkney, a place where George Mackay Brown found
inspiration, and where the fusion of Norse and Scottish voices
resonates in the very stone. The performances includes Icelandic
readings of the lyrics by A∂alstein Asberg Sigur∂sson.
Tickets cost £8 (£6 concession) and for the Northern Isles
concerts are available from Shetland Box Office on 01595 745555 or
Entry to the Fair Isle concert is by paying at the door.
This event is supported by the Scotland's Islands project,
Shetland Arts, Scottish Islands Writers Network, Creative
Scotland and The George Mackay Brown Fellowship.
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