Feb. 24th, 2009

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The York Viking Festival has feasted :-)

Clicky for Yakkity )

The best of it was showing my old mate Simon and family a time. We did Dig (me in kit) recovering our lost booking thanks to the extremely helpful peeps there after the worst food delays in Christendom in the Slug & Lettuce (lovely staff, just not enough kitchen) and ran into Mick Aston (whose talk that evening was entertaining, despite his bronchitis - though he was brusque with questioners who dared to mention the old criticisms of the quality of Time Team's archaeology).

We rested up and staggered along to hear Hugh Lupton's modern English telling of Beowulf at the Early Music Centre. This was interesting: he treated it as a fluid story in the oral tradition rather than as a text, skipping some of my favourite phrases, substituting his own key repeated phrases and alliteration, changing some of the plot and much of the pace and balance of the piece for a modern (or, shall I say a wider) audience in the same vein as a better screenplay adaptation (I can't liken it to a novelisation as I've yet to read a tolerable one). The addition of percussion was, again, interesting - probably more accessible than the lyre and certainly well performed.

It made me want to perform my own material, preferably by torchlight in a long hall and that can't be bad :-)

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