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Thread #138201   Message #3162517
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
30-May-11 - 06:26 AM
Thread Name: Binnorie
Subject: Binnorie
Rapunzel & Sedayne: Binnorie

Classic Folk Horror from the Border Ballad tradition. This comes from the Northumbrian Minstrelsy, using the old Northumbria Tune, which sounds more Sephardic to our ears, so we explore this in terms of an improvised medieval lai, or somesuch trance-dancing piece of ceremonial storytelling. Binnorie is believed to be a contraction of By Norham; Norham Castle stands impressively above the River Tweed, and seems as likely a setting as any for this classic tale. Recorded entirely live, Easter 2011, as rehearsal for our ballad gig at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering the following week.