Castle of Stone and Sea: The Life, Songs, and Stories of a 19th-Century Breton Woman

Castle of Stone and Sea: The Life, Songs, and Stories of a 19th-Century Breton Woman
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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

In partnership with the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Linklater Rooms – Free Admission

One of Brittany’s most acclaimed voices, Marthe Vassallo, shares emotions and awe as she retraces, via a treasure trove of documents, the life, song, and personality of an ‘obscure’ 19th-century woman, Maryvonne Le Flem. A story of poverty, pride, and mysterious islands, celebrating the power of speech and song.

Maryvonne would be a forgotten name in a registry, were it not for her encounter with Breton writer and folklorist, Anatole Le Braz, and musician Maurice Duhamel: the former collected pages and pages of her traditional songs and her stories, and gradually became a true friend of hers; the latter published over 60 of her tunes in his vast collection of traditional Breton music. It took Marthe Vassallo's curiosity, one century later, to find that all this corpus, as well as a portrait she had found, depicted the same person – and a fiercely interesting person at that.

Speaker
Marthe Vassallo
Hosted by
Elphinstone Institute
Venue
Linklater Rooms
Contact

The Elphinstone Institute
MacRobert Building
King's College, University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 5UA

Tel: 01224 272996
E-mail: elphinstone@abdn.ac.uk

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