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Muscians Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee

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Presented by Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee
People have sung stories since times immemorial as a way to memorize and record history and myths. A kind of stone age database. The songs we today call medieval and traditional ballads have their roots among Nordic epic sagas, French romantic lays, Celtic lore and world mythology. As the songs have traveled, they have metamorphosed and melted into various musical traditions, weaving a world of fantasy and mystery.

Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee are a duo who perform early traditional ballads, songs and tales from Scandinavia, the British Isles and other parts of the world. Their performances blend both modern and traditional instruments in unique, original arrangements.

Their wanderings have led them from Finland and Iowa respectively – through Europe, Scandinavia, India, and North America. On the way they have picked up tales and songs that they perform together with the stories behind them, in particular exploring the links between these story singing traditions.

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