DuEt with Ailsa Dixon

A Selkie with three wishes, an old man with two or four wishes, a winter tale.

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DuEtS are recorded Zoom split screen meetings between two artists, a guest and a host. The guest starts with a story, a song, a poem, whatever. This inspires the host to do an unprepared thing. Like a conversation with stories and songs and music.

A DuEt Marathon is a group DuEt. The host starts with a prepared thing, a song, poem, a piece of music, a story. Then the other participants inspired by what the former artists brought in to the DuEt tell, sing, perform. These contributions will then be unprepared, improvised as nothing is revealed about the themes in advance.

i can just listen and share and hold the space as you two so beautifully do and share whatever needs to be told and whatever needs to be heard. Thankyou đźŚź

Wow so intriguing- rough and true. 

Mao Zybamba in French, Moore and English

Mister Mao Zybamba in a DuEt with Svend-Erik Engh – in French, in Moore and in English!

Mister Mao Zybamba will tell a fairytale he heard when he was a child in Burkina Faso. He will tell the tale in French and there will be some beautiful songs in Moore. The story is a fairytale about a King that had three sons and none of them were fit to rule the Kingdom. Svend-Erik Engh will tell a story about the elephant that smelled like a flower, a fable from Mali. Mao will end the session with a song.

DuEt marathon 3

Jan Blake, Heather Forest, David Francis, Harley LoudOn, David Campbell and Svend-Erik Engh – 1 1/2 hours of wonderful storytelling, songs and music.

A DuEt is a conversation with stories, songs, poems and music. One story is prepared, the rest is improvised.

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Heather Forest

Words have the power to hurt and to heal – everything is going to be fine – smell

I met Heather Forest many years ago in Sweden, were we both performed at Ljungby Storytelling Festival. Heather invited me to be part of a cosy after performance glass of wine, some stories and a song. I was fascinated, it was so easy to be there, so relaxed, and Heather told some stories and found her guitar. I was delighted as I am now to present to you this wonderful storyteller.

Heather told a story about how hurting rumours can’t be collected and forgot, I tell about an angry zen munk, that learns how words can make wounds in a soul, then Heather tell about how a light perspective can help through sad times, and we end with two tales about smell inspired by Covid 19.

Harley LoudOn

a song of joy, memory of a train, wolfes and a kiss

Harley is a wonderful singer, musician and storyteller. She sings about the things you can’t buy. Svend-Erik remembers when he was given a train for Christmas, then Harley tell about wolves, then a Danish about a kiss and Harley finish the DuEt with a beautiful song.

Gauri Raje

the potter and Shiva, the tigers of Borneo, the tiger’s whiskers and the horse

A DuEt is an online streamed meeting between two artists. Gauri Raje is born in India and right now she is India studying traditional storytelling. Svend-Erik Engh is so happy to meet this wonderful storyteller in a DuEt, SE in Edinburgh, Scotland and Gauri Raje in India.

Gauri tell the story of the potter that ask the god Shiva for a favour, Svend-Erik tell the story of why there are no tiger in Borneo, Gauri tell the story of the tigers whisker and Svend-Erik ends this wonderful session with a story of a man that leaves with a horse and returns with horse manure.

In Danish, Carsten Islington

om at rejse og sanse, om at være fattig i et fremmed land, om trolde og børn

Carsten Islington er en af de rigtigt garvede fortællere. Svend-Erik og Carsten har arbejdet sammen pĂĄ kryds og tværs i fortællingens univers. Carsten slutter DuEtten af med at sige: “Ja, jeg kan ikke ryste dig af, du kommer igen hele tiden i mit liv.” Det glæder mig uendeligt meget, at han siger det med et smil.

Først fortæller Carsten om at rejse fra Vesterbro til London over Edinburgh og tilbage til Vesterbro. Svend-Erik fortæller om en rejse tiL Marokko og fortsætter med en troldehistorie. Det fĂĄr Carsten til at mindes sine første fortælledage, hvor han opdagede hvordan børn er fantastiske, nĂĄr du skal lære at fortælle – fordi de er sĂĄ ærlige. Hvis det er kedeligt gĂĄr de bare. Det er en DuEt med meget varme mellem os to gamle fortællere.

Heather Yule Storyteller

whisky in a cave, knitting in Shetland, wings on young shoulders, the morning sun!

Heather yule Storyteller grew up with traveller stories from Scotland. She had brought her harpe into the DuEt and I was lucky enough to do a version of my story with Heather improvising on her harpe. Whisky ghosts and fishing luck, knitting in Shetland and selling in Norway, wings for flying and the old man becoming something very different – four stories!

Virginia Bjertnes

devil town, two horns/two wishes, cow/horse/sheep, a kiss from a dead man

Virginia and I holds the same story – we both moved to Scotland four years ago and we love our new country. Virginia is called by a new job to go to back to Schweitzerland. I am planning to stay here.

Virginia starts with a story about a village in her homecountry and we understand that it is important to say wellcome when a stranger knocks on your door. Svend-Erik tells a story with the same theme and Virginia inspired by that tells of a cow, a horse and a sheep – same creature, all for the best of the woman that owns it. Svend-Erik finishes the DuEt by telling about Maria, that kissed a dead man.

Dougie Mackay

pigs and cows!

Dougie is a holder of traditional Scottish storytelling and he brings vitality and joy into this tradition and it is always a uplifting experience to hear him tell some of the folktales from the country he loves so deeply. Dougie’s first story is about a pig and the name of a fairy woman, Svend-Erik remember a story from way back about the evil pig Katerine. Then Peter Oxe, about a cow and Dougie gives us the wonderful story of the love of a cow, that was big enough to heal a mans leg.

David Campbell

soup, fiddleplaying, love making, challenges in frost and more soup!

David Campbell is an institution in the Scottish Storytelling. He has been telling stories and holding ceilidhs in his apartment in Edinburgh for more than fifty years. It is an honour and joy to do this DuEt together with David. And the first thing David did was to show us around in the living room where so many stories, songs and dances have been shared. David told about a soup that got cold from playing the fiddle, Svend-Erik told about a not so decent spanish wife of a mayor, SE told about challenges, helpers and a frozen world and David ended the session with another soup story. Uhm!

In Danish, Pernille Stockfleth

Geishas and Dragør, South Bridge and Bell’s Wynd.

Pernille Stockfleth er fuld af fart og liv. Det er altid en fornøjelse at være i Pernille’s selskab og sĂĄdan var det ogsĂĄ pĂĄ denne skønne majdag. Vi udvekslede historier pĂĄ livet løs. Først fortalte Pernille en af hendes egene historier om en japansk geisha. Det fik Svend-Erik pĂĄ banen med en lokal historie (Edinburgh, Skotland) om et bordel inde i South Bridge. Derefter fortalte Svend-Erik sin forberedte historie om et hus fyldt med gru og uhygge. Det fik Pernille til at mindes Dragør og nogle af de fantastiske historier, som hun kender saa godt som tourguide i den by, som hun stadig holder uendelig meget af, selv om hun nu bor pĂĄ Falster. Og tak til Pernille for de smukke ord om at være hendes første underviser udi fortællingens ædle kunst.

Tim Porteus

a cow, Highlands, Audhumbla, stars, a giant!

Tim Porteus is a wonderful storyteller from Edinburgh. He tells a story about a cow from the highland of Scotland. He misses the beauty of the highlands now in a lockdown. Svend-Erik shares a story of Audhumbla, the cow that gave milk to Ymer, the first giant. Svend-Erik shares a story about the seven stars, six brothers and a princess. Tim tells a story of the red giant, scarrrryyyyy!

In Danish, Jan Cirkola

historier om træer!

Træer! Fire historier om træer fortalt sammen med en af Danmarks bedste fortællere. Jan’s indledende historie er træets historie fra de allerførste mennesker brugte træet som et helligt sted til vi nu mĂĄ søge tilbage til en eller anden form for forstĂĄelse af træet og det liv, der leves i og omkring træet inden vi fælder det sidste træ. Jeg fortæller sĂĄ om bøgetræet i Kongens Have, hvorfor det pĂĄ en nat blev en blodbøg. Min forberedte historie er en fantastisk fortælling om liv og død i og omkring et træ og Jan slutter sĂĄ af med en kort fortælling om et træ, der er dødt, men ikke er det alligevel.

David Heathfield

the salt in the ocean and two wish stories

David Heathfield tells a wonderful tale from South Korea about how the ocean became salty, Svend-Erik shares his danish version of the same tale, then a lovely story from Palestine where David has been working with some children around stories, then one more christmas tale about wishes and David finishes this firework of wonderful storytelling by telling another wish story, this time from India.

David Francis

soldiers, Napolean war and 1864 Dybbøl, Søren seaman, sailboat

David Francis is a wonderful songwriter, musician and a true lover of Scottish traditional music and a good friend. In this DuEt David sings two songs and I tell two stories. David’s first song is about the Napolean war and that inspires me to tell a story about the Danish/German war in 1864, then I tell about Søren Sømand – a sailor story. David sings a beautiful song about a sailing ship. Enjoy!

Charlie Menzies

a call for a walk, a dream, two ravens and two eagles!

Charlie reveals his vision of a walk to Hamish, Svend-Erik tells about a dream he had when he was young and Charlie ends up telling about two ravens and two eagles.

2 x Mairi Campbell

1+2 – impro and stories – song, stories and a tune

The first DuEt have five parts: Mairi improvise, I tell a story from the northern Canada as a response to the sounds in the improvisation, then I tell a story from Namibia honouring Unity Oliver, an actress from Namibia. The grandmother is dancing and so did Unity in our theatre project. Mairi takes the song in the end and sings her impro. In the end we meet in an impro.

Mairi Campbell 2 – this time Mairi did one of hers and David Francis‘ songs. I still have a tear in my eye from that. And Mairi inspired me to tell about the sun and the moon. Big Hughie is a local story from the Highland and Mairi played a tune inspired by that.

Sahrinha Louise de Silva

soulsinger, a memory and another song!

Sahrinha has just released a single called ‘I wanna love you’ – play it here!

I was a secondary school teacher and one of my students was Sarinha. We haven’t met much during the years that has passed, but I have followed her career as one of Denmark’s best blues/soul singers. In the DuEt Sarinha sings two of her owns, Svend-Erik sings Maria Magdalena. His prepared story is a common memory where Sarah left the class, because she did not like my ending. Find out more about Sarinha here https://www.facebook.com/SoulRat