Sunday, March 16, 2008
At the edge......
Part of living locally is to explore the events that are held within a 5 mile radius from home. Living in the shop we are ideally placed to find out about local entertainment. So it was that a few weeks ago I bought a ticket to go and see the Devils Violin, an evening of storytelling and roma gypsy music. I love both stories and music and it seemed like a different, ancient sort of entertainment. I envisaged people sitting around a fire in their cottages and listening to stories in the past. A life without TV, playstations and the like.
4 of us ventured out together along the country lanes, wind and rain beating down on us ( well the car that took us), and we were absolutely not prepared for what awaited us.
Daniel Morden's stories are captivating, told with such descriptive language and energy, we were literally transported to an audible, visual feast and the music that accompanied his stories were the best musical sound effects you could listen to. At times, the music was spine chilling as were some parts of the stories. Add to that some good company, a glass of wine and ......just the ticket for a local evening out in the dead of winter.
You can get a flavour of what we experienced yesterday by listening to an extract or better check whether Daniel Morden is coming to a village hall near you. Don't miss is.....
Storytelling evenings were part of daily life in the countryside and were told not only as forms of entertainment but to impart history and to engage the listener in many a human dilemma imparting both knowledge and advice. The fact that it is a story means that as listener you can either engage with it as a story or it may even trigger larger human responses in you. Thus is the magic of a story. Transport yourself to another place with storytelling, better than a computer in my mind anyway.
If you are interested in storytelling events, details can be found on the storytelling website.