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Summerland Spirit Festival
July 11 - July 13
Summerland Spirit Festival in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin runs from July 8 – 15. This year my friend and singing partner from Norway, Sonja Lidsheim joins me there July 11 – 13!
We will teach a few workshops and lead a little dance. Most thrillingly, we will open the Wendy Rule concert on July 12! After Paganicon 2017 in Minneapolis, Wendy and I have booked two more times to play with our voices. At Summerland and again August 4th (more info coming)
Adding Sonja’s voice will make us a tri-Continental trifecta of web of wyrd sound vibrating in love and healing! I just can’t wait. When will this ever happen again?
Never, not just like this. Please join us if you can!
Sonja and I “met” through the music sharing website “MySpace” in 2007. We were both drawing on the same medieval ballads and Old Norse poetry and presenting it in new and innovative ways. After four years of correspondence and file sharing we finally met in 2011 when my mother and I visited her in Norway.
We sang, played with lur and lokk on the mountain top, and drum and stav in the studio and vowed to meet again soon for a longer session. In 2014 we deepened our practice and friendship with a week in studio, a week at the Gudvangen Viking Market, and a week at the Viskvinne Festivalen (Wise women Festival) in Sweden.
At Summersolstice tide 2016 Sonja and I joined in deep ritual with Rachel Knudson and Martin Johnson at Rachel’s ancestral church, Uvdal, Norway. Sonja sang a bryllupsvise (bridal verse) in Old Numedal dialect and played them in and out of the church with bukkehorn (billygoat horn). I spoke the words and poured the horn over the chord the couple spun for themselves in a handfasting like no other I have been a part of.
A Note on Handfasting by Kari
As I understand it, during early medieval times, marriage was seen as property contracts. The clergy would make a profit from these marriages as they would be drawing up the contracts. There was no money in marrying poor people, and most Norwegians were poor after the black death and Danish occupation. Community elders and spiritual leaders could lead the community in witnessing a binding of the young couple. This insures the lineage of children in the memory of the community. Rachel and Martin’s handfasting was simple, beautiful, powerful, and witnessed by a thousand ancestors.