Corwen Broch

Workshop with Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch: Accompany like a Viking, ditch those modern chords!

In this workshop, we’ll explore possible styles of accompaniment for tunes and songs that present an alternative to chords. Diads, riffs, ostinato, drones and more will be on the menu! Aimed at lyre and kantele players but applicable to all.

Kate Fletcher and Corwen Broch (both from the UK) are folk musicians and makers of ancient instruments, such as ancient psalteries (gusli and kantele), various bowed lyres (Finnish jouhikko, Shetland gue, Welsh crwth), plucked/strummed lyres (such as the
Trossingen lyre) and many more.

Corwen will also give a lecture called “Ritual, Music and Magic in the Nordic Lands”: a cross-cultural look at medieval ritual/magical music traditions in the Nordic countries, with a focus on how aspects of Finnish and Sami traditions might shed light on Norse ones.

At the Nordic Harp Meeting 2016, Corwen gave an introductory workshop for the bowed lyre (Finnish jouhikko =  Swedish stråkharpa = Norwegian strykelyre) about playing and maintenance. (See example video). He also lectured about strummed or plucked lyres together with Stein Villa and Agnethe Christensen.

For more information about Corwen Broch, click here.

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