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Posted By: Jim Carroll
03-May-11 - 03:14 AM
Thread Name: Singing at a funeral
Subject: RE: Singing at a funeral
The most moving story I heard, and the most moving piece of singing.
Bert Lloyd was working with a team in Rumania (I think) making a programme on traditional song and music when they got word that there had been a drowning in a nearby village. One of the team, who was from the area, said he would have to attend the wake out of respect.
The team went along and arrived to find that a young lad had drowned and a local singer had been called to sing a lament over the corpse - the singer was the young lad''s teenage sister.
The team was given permission to record the wake - the singing, which was later used in a BBC radio programme, 'The Lament', was electric - a knife-edged balance between superb technique and personal, only just controlled, emotion.
Jim Carroll