Ancient guitar brings family history to life
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Swedish singer songwriter Rosa Rebecka performs her new show in Barnstaple on Friday, June 13, of how four generations of her family are linked by one cherished guitar.
WHEN Swedish teenager Katrina Fhager was given a little guitar in 1902, she could not have guessed this very instrument would be taken to England and played in Barnstaple by her great granddaughter a century later.
Singer songwriter Rosa Rebecka inherited the little guitar last year, and has created a show that tells its tale in story and song, which can be heard at St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre in Barnstaple on Friday (June 13) from 8pm.
It follows the tragic tale of Katrina, who died young, through the hopeful tale of her orphaned daughter, until it was passed to the next daughter – Rosa’s mother – and eventually to Rosa.
In it, the intimate family tale becomes a universal celebration of love, life and loss, as nostalgic songs from the past are mixed with newly composed songs and traditional Swedish pieces, all performed with Rosa’s trademark flair and emotional intensity.
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The show’s support band, The Resonance, is a group of emerging young singers from across Devon. They are all Rosa’s singing students, past and present, but they all have voices that are distinctly their own.
Tickets are £5 and available from the Plough Arts Centre on 01805 624624.
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