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An Afternoon With Scottish Tradition Bearer Norman Kennedy

September 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Advance tickets $10, $15 at the door. Youth 18 and under admitted free. Senior discount is available at the door.

Norman will sing Scottish Lowland songs and songs in Gaelic, woven together with their accompanying stories. He will also sing participatory Scots Gaelic waulking songs, as audience members join in the waulking of wool cloth, and in singing the refrains. (Waulking is the process of beating a newly woven, soaked wool cloth to make it denser and softer).  The concert will also include an appearance by Swedish singer Anders Larsson.

Norman is one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers with a unique repertoire of folk songs and ballads in both Scots and Gaelic. Born and brought up in Aberdeen, he was a neighbor of the great ballad singer Jeanie Robertson and during the evolving folk scene of the 1960′s he picked up many songs from her and from other singers such as the bothy ballad singer Jimmy McBeath and the traveller and street singer Davie Stewart. Norman shares what is enduring about traditional songs – their authenticity to life, the humorous turns of every-day events, the beauty of old melodies. As Norman explains it: “These songs are my roots; they’re older and more important than I am.” This unpretentiousness makes Norman‘s music as wonderful to the audience as it is important to him.

In 2003, Norman was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, honoring his work as a traditional singer, storyteller and weaver. To honor and preserve our nation’s diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) annually awards one-time-only NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.



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September 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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