Heidi Harris and Kine Hjeldnes - The Mistletoe

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Lyrics taken from "The Mistletoe Bough"
by Thomas Haynes Bayley (1884)

The Legend of the Mistletoe Bough is a ghost story which has been associated with many mansions and stately homes in England.
The tale tells how a new bride, playing a game of hide-and-seek during her wedding breakfast, hid in a chest in an attic and was unable to escape. She was not discovered by her family and friends, and suffocated. The body was allegedly found many years later in the locked chest.

Further works inspired by the song include a play of the same name by Charles A Somerset first produced in 1835. A short story, 'Ginevra or The Old Oak Chest: A Christmas Story' by Susan E Wallace published in 1887 and another short story "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes" by Henry James published in 1868. The song is also played in Thomas Hardy's A Laodicean, after the scene involving the capture of George Somerset's handkerchief from the tower.

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from Dream Fodder, released December 3, 2012
Kine Hjeldnes / Oslo, Norway ~ intro vocals, synth and sequencing.
soundcloud.com/kinehjeldnes

Heidi Harris- vocals, theremin, glockenspiel, bells, mixing.

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Heidi's creative practice is based on an exploration and intermingling of traditional and non-traditional sound sources.

..."a unique and ambitious work full of seeming contradictions - it's experimental but heartfelt, it's playful but demands to be taken seriously."

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