DuEt 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 understandContinue reading “DuEt Virginia Bjertnes – devil town, two horns/two wishes, cow/horse/sheep, a kiss from a dead man”

DuEt 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 rememberContinue reading “DuEt Dougie Mackay – pigs and cows!”

DuEt: Tim Porteus, folktales, myths and a scary giant story!

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,Continue reading “DuEt: Tim Porteus, folktales, myths and a scary giant story!”

DuEt: David Heathfield – folktales

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 storytellingContinue reading “DuEt: David Heathfield – folktales”

DuEt: David Francis – two songs and two stories

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 IContinue reading “DuEt: David Francis – two songs and two stories”

DuEt: Charlie Menzies – a call for a walk, a dream 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.

DuEt: Sahrinha Louise de Silva – soulsinger

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 SarinhaContinue reading “DuEt: Sahrinha Louise de Silva – soulsinger”

DuEt: Jan Blake – folktales and a dance

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 fromContinue reading “DuEt: Jan Blake – folktales and a dance”

DuEt: Simon Hodges – poems and a short story

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 didContinue reading “DuEt: Simon Hodges – poems and a short story”

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 aboutContinue reading “Donald Askey – An Icelandic saga and a Nordic Myth”

DuEt: Alice Fernbank – an improvisation, a short story and a drawing

This DuEt with Alice Fenbank has several surprises for you. First an improvised story from Alice, then I talk about a book I once read, then one of my own stories, that I have not told Alice before and the end of the conversation is Alice showing a drawing she has been doing while tellingContinue reading “DuEt: Alice Fernbank – an improvisation, a short story and a drawing”

DuEt: Claire Hewitt – two folktales, a legend and a song

Svend-Erik met Claire at the Storytelling Centre and we connected instantly. She told me that she lived in Aberfeldby and that there was a lot of storytellers up in that area. I had just got my Saltire Card, which means that I can drive for free in busses all over Scotland. So I went toContinue reading “DuEt: Claire Hewitt – two folktales, a legend and a song”

DuEt: Daniel Allison – folktales and a memory from travelling in Uganda

One of my first meetings with Daniel Allison was at The Kilburn Garden Party 2018. He was telling stories in a little tent on a hillside. The warmth and the joy in his telling made us all forget about the wind and the rain. I knew I had to go for more of this youngContinue reading “DuEt: Daniel Allison – folktales and a memory from travelling in Uganda”

DuEt: Neil Sutcliffe – folktales, one of Svend’s own stories and some songs from Scotland

I met Neil Sutcliffe in the summer 2017 on the island Lismore, when we both were performing at Taproot Festival. I saw this talented young accordion player and was truly fascinated. When Alice Fernbank and me needed a musician, Neil just stepped up and played in our two hour long storytelling performance. We went onContinue reading “DuEt: Neil Sutcliffe – folktales, one of Svend’s own stories and some songs from Scotland”