The last post was a bit long (or rather vastly too long) but I did want to say a quick word about all the musicians that were at Yscolan and give them my deepest thanks.
|Susanne, Kate, Sarah|
|Efa , Heida, Kate, Chris, Ceri|
Efa is an absolute force of nature. I decided to nickname her Robin for some reason. Anyway, she played several instruments (bagpipe, pibgorn, fiddle, mandola) and moved from tune to tune much like a cat. Obviously very free spirited, incredibly intelligent and musical. Efa was able to speak German with Heida and Sarah which was great to listen to. She now lives near Peni and Steff, very close to Bethlehem, Wales.
|Susanne and Jonathon|
If I'm remembering correctly, Susanne was originally an artist who'd taken up the concertina. I remember she said she preferred how musicians were always hanging out together. What a lovely player she is. The only way to describe the sound of her concertina would be lonely. Such a lonely, mournful sound. Susanne is of Jewish ancestry all the way from north England.
Jonathon is a very gentle person who plays guitar and is a buddhist. He was always picking very interesting chords that seemed to be a mix of folk and jazz. He taught us this wonderful mazurka that he'd written which was incredibly beautiful. I believe he had played with Kate previously to Yscolan. He came all the way from London.
|Jonathon, Ceri, Kate, Efa, Chris|
Lisa (Kate... for some reason I want to call her Kate) arrived late and at first I didn't understand her until I heard her sing. It was so moving! She played the concertina as she sang, great clusters of chords, and then she entered this space, a whole different cosmos... heartbreaking really... It was so amazing to watch and listen to. She's also a beautiful flute player and is all the way from London.
It was a great mix of people who gave me an experience I'll never forget. And to Yscolan himself, I bow deeply in heartfelt gratitude.
Diolch o galon, yn wir. Thank you all for the music, food, stories, dancing and wonderful moments!
Da boch chi,
|Dancing broke out...|
|Little "Robin" and the Horse|