Belinda Sykes & JOGLARESA

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The Virgin Queen

Spoken word and song for adults and teens - Sally Pomme Clayton weaves a passionate and funny tale, threaded through with Joglaresa's melody and song.

The Virgin Queen is a wild romance. A young man goes on a quest to find a fruit from the garden of the mythical Virgin Queen to save his ailing father. However, the Virgin Queen turns out to be both a Goddess and a warrior, and stealing her fruit must be paid for. This is a rare Medieval story from the Caucasus, Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey. It brings together powerful images of warrior women found in epics and fairytales in Turkey and Central Asia, with mythical images of a magical Virgin brought to these areas through Christianity.

Joglaresa's music will include their own re-inventions of songs by the C9th Byzantine abbess Kassia and the C11th Arab-Andalusian songstress Wallada.

N.B. this programmes is not suitable for children. Unless the venue is tiny, Sally will need a lapel radio mic.

MP3 Demos:
Douce dame jolie
Bella doman
Hibbi zawidni qublah
Rosa fragrans
Ave rosa novella

magic and menace... thrilling and hauntingThe Times

""Joglaresa continues to delight and surprise" Classical Music Magazine

""ground-breaking ensemble of cultural nomads ... blown away by their charm and originality..." The Scotsman

Sally Pomme Clayton - storyteller
Belinda Sykes - voice, bagpipes, director
Angela Hicks - voice, harp
Elisabeth Flett - fidel, recorder, voice
Louise Anna Duggan - dulcimer, percussion, voice

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