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Bringing Back "Beowulf"

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Using only his voice and a reconstructed six-string harp from the seventh century, Benjamin Bagby has resurrected the oral tradition of the bardic story-teller with "Beowulf." In reviewing Bagby's recent Edinburgh performances of the epic poem, the London Sunday Times called it a "magical evening," going on to write that "Bagby brings the story of Beowulf's slaying of the monster, Grendel, vividly alive, sometimes singing, sometimes declaiming, sometimes taking on the character of whoever is speaking. He's a crack storyteller."

View a video clip from the Beowulf DVD
More about Bagby's Beowulf project

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