Two Danish Christmas DuEtS

Svend-Erik Engh has found a joy around the Danish Christmas after moving to Scotland. Suddenly all the traditions that we as Danes takes for granted, comes alive in the meeting with another culture. Tuesday 15th December 3pm UTC and Thursday 17th December 3 pmUTC Svend-Erik Engh with guests – dansk jul with all the tales,Continue reading “Two Danish Christmas DuEtS”

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. 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. IContinue reading “Heather Forest”

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 withContinue reading “Harley LoudOn”

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,Continue reading “Gauri Raje”

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 på kryds og tværs i fortællingens univers. Carsten slutter DuEtten af med at sige: “Ja, jeg kan ikke ryste dig af, du kommerContinue reading “In Danish, Carsten Islington”

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,Continue reading “Heather Yule Storyteller”

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 startsContinue reading “Virginia Bjertnes”

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 fairyContinue reading “Dougie Mackay”

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 DavidContinue reading “David Campbell”

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 sådan var det også på denne skønne majdag. Vi udvekslede historier på livet løs. Først fortalte Pernille en af hendes egene historier om en japansk geisha. Det fikContinue reading “In Danish, Pernille Stockfleth”

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-ErikContinue reading “Tim Porteus”

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 må søge tilbage til en eller anden form for forståelse af træet og det liv, der leves i og omkringContinue reading “In Danish, Jan Cirkola”

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 aboutContinue reading “David Heathfield”

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 aContinue reading “David Francis”

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 andContinue reading “2 x Mairi Campbell”

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 bestContinue reading “Sahrinha Louise de Silva”

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. Så fortæller Svend-Erik en historie om Staffan og Karl, brødre fra Småland engang i 1890 – tallet. Anna afslutter med en skøn sang. Det var denne svamp,Continue reading “In Swedish and Danish, Anna Lundquist”

In Danish, Jens Peter Madsen

erindringer på dansk I DuEtTeN føres vi ind i det okkulte. Jens Peter boede i en lejlighed i Odense, hvor det trak på gulvet, uhhhh, og ved slutningen af den historie føler Svend-Erik, at det trækker på gulvet i Edinburgh, der hvor han bor nu. Svend-Erik fortæller inspireret af den historie, hvordan Jannik fik enContinue reading “In Danish, Jens Peter Madsen”

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 AnderssonContinue reading “Jan Blake”

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 isContinue reading “Simon Hodges”

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. DonaldContinue reading “Donald Askey”

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 AliceContinue reading “Mark Borthwick”