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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. And then they swap.

Reaction from a viewer after watching and listening to Jan Blake and Svend-Erik Engh in a DuEt: what a joy to see the two of you in my kitchen – 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 Harley LoUdOn

DuEt marathon 3

Tuesday 1st December 3 pm UTC / 10 am US Eastern /4 pm Bornholm – Jan Blake, Heather Forest, David Francis, Harley LoudOn, Kasper Seier Schulz, Gauri Raje and Svend-Erik Engh.

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

Streamed online on https://www.facebook.com/svenderik.engh
See more DuEtS on https://duets.live

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

In Swedish and Danish, Anna Lundquist

folkeeventyr, egne fortællinger og en sang

DuEtTeN starter med at Anna fortæller en historie, vi tror vi alle kender. Dernæst fortæller Svend-Erik om at finde svamp i skoven. SĂĄ fortæller Svend-Erik en historie om Staffan og Karl, brødre fra SmĂĄland engang i 1890 – tallet. Anna afslutter med en skøn sang.

Det var denne svamp, som pĂĄ en nat dukkede op i skoven. Episoden inspirerede til sangen “The Fungus Song” med Wet Parsnip, Du kan finde sangen her https://youtu.be/sFEbusA9oHE.

In Danish, Jens Peter Madsen

erindringer pĂĄ dansk

I DuEtTeN føres vi ind i det okkulte. Jens Peter boede i en lejlighed i Odense, hvor det trak pĂĄ gulvet, uhhhh, og ved slutningen af den historie føler Svend-Erik, at det trækker pĂĄ gulvet i Edinburgh, der hvor han bor nu. Svend-Erik fortæller inspireret af den historie, hvordan Jannik fik en spansk heksejæger fra middelalderen til pludselig at blive meget levende i Nansensgade. Svend-Erik’s forberedte historie er om Ă…manden i Ryle Ă… nede ved Græshave pĂĄ Lolland. Jens Peter fĂĄr derefter Svend-Erik til at knække sammen af grin over et barndomsminde fra Jylland.

Jan Blake

a hunter, the crying willow trees, a dance and the full moon

In the DuEt Jan Blake tells a story from Ghana about a hunter trying to get a tortoise to sing. Svend tells back a story from Swaziland. Then Svend-Erik surprises Jan with a piece of art inspired by the fact that Laurie Andersson is a buddhist, and so is Jan. Inspired by the story from Swaziland Jan tells the story of the women coming down from the full moon to take milk from a farmer.

Simon Hodges

poems and a short story, Hafeez, John of the Cross, death, friends, Angus

In this DuEt Simon Hodges explore some of the mystics. He recites beautifully Hafeez’ “A glass of wine” translated by Robert Blye and then he reads John of the Cross’ “The Dark Night” – you can find this poem here. Svend-Erik is then inspired to tell about The Storytelling Academy and the work we did with “The Death in Bagdad”. The story of the goldfish in the blender makes Simon laugh. Then my prepared story about friendship and voices in a young man’s head. To that Simon responds with The Song of Wandering Angus by W.B. Yeats – find it here. Enjoy the DuEt!

Donald Askey

an Icelandic saga and a Nordic Myth

The DuEt starts with Donald then bringing a saga from Iceland about two poets and the King of Norway. That gives Svend-Erik the opportunity to tell the story of how the forest of Scotland vanished many years ago. Svend-Erik then tells a story from the Nordic gods. Donald respond to a story I told about Skæve in a previous DuEt. And in that story we understand, that a hunchback is not always bad to carry around.

Mark Borthwick

a folktale and some legends


Mark Borthwick – is in Blackpool, England in a one year residency collecting stories. I met Mark two years ago when he lived here in Edinburgh and it was a thrill to be told stories by this talented young man up at the Calton Hiill New Burial. Me and Alice had a wonderful time.
In this DuEt you will hear about the two fiddlers and Mark shows his skills on a violin. Svend is inspired by that to tell two stories, and it is just because Svend is the host he allows himself to do that. One about a larch and one about anger. Then Svend tells about his father and milk spilled for about one hundred years ago. It is one of the stories Svend remembers from his childhood and Mark returns with a story about sheep. I didn’t catch the punchline because I don’t know anything about sheep and that is the whole idea with the story, so thank you for that; Mark. I have Googled the names of these sheep and I have seen the difference. Storytelling as a botany lesson – so cool!

In Norwegian and Danish, Hilde Eskild

to folkeeventyr om Sct. Peter og nogle erindringer fra anden verdenskrig.

Hilde Eskild i DuEt med Svend-Erik Engh. Hilde er en af Norge’s mest erfarne fortællere og hun udfordrer Svend-Erik med en historie, der har rødder i det Norsk/Skotske. Historien handler om Sct. Peter og det fĂĄr Svend-Erik pĂĄ banen med en Ewald Tang Kristensen historie. Svend-Erik giver en historie om hans mormor, om at narre tyskerne under anden verdenskrig og den svarer Hilde tilbage med en historie fra besættelsen af Norge om en onkel, der dyrkede tobak og solgte det uden at tyskerne mĂĄtte vide det.