Have a whale of a time at workshops

16 September 2011

Thanks to two free workshops by community musician Petra Vergunst, the sound of traditional whaling songs will be heard during September and October [2011] at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

raditional whaling songs reveal how 19th Century sailors felt about the dangers and adventures of going to sea to hunt whales. In the first workshop; Rewriting Our History, adults will have a full day to consider traditional whaling songs in the light of modern conservation issues. They will also have the opportunity to write new sings that reflect modern attitudes to whaling.

The second workshop; The Home of the Whale, is a chance to teach a new generation some traditional 19th century whaling songs. This family orientated event will give young and older the chance to sing some popular classics that have been handed down for generations in the North East of Scotland including Bonnie Ship the Diamond and Farewell to Tarwathie.

Saturday 24 September 10.30am-4.30pm
Rewriting our History - Song Writing Workshop
Places are free but advance booking is required by telephoning Aberdeen Maritime Museum on (01224) 337714.

Saturday 8 October 10.30am-12.30pm
The Home of the Whale - Family Sing-along
Places are free but advance booking is required by telephoning Aberdeen Maritime Museum on (01224) 337714.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum's curator of maritime history Meredith Greiling said: "We are very excited to have Petra Vergunst working with us and to bring these much loved songs to life in the museum. It will be a great chance to continue the oral tradition of story telling through songs."