Three signs of Wisdom 

 

 

 

 

The authentic voice of the Celts
from medieval manuscripts with music on historical instruments

 

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Thor Ewing and Anne Marie Summers present new translations of ancient proverbial triads from Ireland and haunting thousand-year-old Welsh wisdom poetry, interwoven with ancient themes on harp, pipes, hurdy gurdy, pibcorn and other instruments, with songs and tunes from medieval Celtic tradition, including music from the famous Robert ap Huw manuscript.

 

 

Poems from the performance are included in a new book of translations by Thor Ewing.  The Wisdom of the Celts (edda uk 2005) brings together these ancient texts from medieval Welsh and Irish manuscripts for the first time, in a unique combination of timeless wisdom and sublime poetry inspired by the natural world.  

 

Coming soon!  ‘Three signs of Wisdom’ on CD

Click here to hear sound files for the poems Snow on the Fells, Threes, Close-set, Usual

music and songs: Myn Mair, Gorsteg Dafydd Athro, Once the Fianna

 

Prize-winning translator Thor Ewing has many years performing experience as orator, singer, storyteller and lecturer.  He has a lifelong interest in Celtic culture, and has also published books and academic articles on early medieval history.

 

Anne Marie Summers performs with medieval instrumental duo Misericordia and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus (the English bagpipe orchestra) amongst other bands.  She is co-winner of the prestigious St Chartier duo prize, and her music is regularly played on national radio.

 

Thor Ewing and Anne Marie Summers also work together as musicians in the historical duo Squeake’s Noyse, and in the larger medieval band Mandrake!

 

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