Medieval and Traditional Ballads performed by Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee
People have sung stories since times immemorial as a way to memorize and record history, myths and tales. The songs we today refer to as medieval and traditional ballads have their roots among Nordic epic sagas, French romantic lays, Celtic lore and World mythology. They all share themes that have traveled cultures, continents and centuries. They have metamorphosed and melted into various musical traditions, weaving a world of fantasy and mystery.
Scott and Johanna are a duo who perform early traditional Scandinavian/Celtic ballads and tales.
Their wanderings have led them from Finland and Iowa respectively - through Europe, Scandinavia, India, and the U.S. 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 Scandinavian, Celtic, North American and other story singing traditions.
Their performances have been described as magical, inspiring, haunting, mesmerizing