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The Longest Night

The music you played was captivating. I was watching the audience – it is a very eclectic mix of staff, students and the local community and I suspect many had not experienced this sort of music before. From their response and then interest in the instruments  after the concert, they were clearly hooked. Director of Music, University of Kent

A magic concert today - you had us all entranced! It would have been wonderful in a dimly lit medieval hall. Audience member

History echoes down the years in skirling melodies woven by @SSAI13 @claresalaman & Benedicte Maurseth this lunchtime Tweet
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In Norway, the festival of Lussinatten celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that on this night, Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the Earth. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments celebrates The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Irish, Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats.

Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instrument’s director, Clare Salaman, and harpist, Jean Kelly, play an array of beautiful and unusual instruments – Hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces which includes music by Playford and Purcell alongside traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs.

A review of our sold-out performance in the National Centre for Early Music on the 16th of December, 2017 can be read here