Roger Deakin in Lviv, Ukraine - between late 20th Century, 12:00 AM and early 21st Century, 12:00 AM

from Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees, pages 218–219:

Next morning outside the hotel two ancient sisters in long overcoats, one tall, one short, stand on the pavement singing folk songs in a cappella harmony.  They sing simply with profound passion and sadness, and the tall one proffers a tiny plastic cup that she hastily empties into a coat pocket the moment she hears a coin fall in, for both sisters are blind.  Further down the street a solitary four-year-old girl sits begging.  Everyone seems desperate for a few hryvnia in a blank-faced, resigned way.

cite as

Roger Deakin, Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees (London, 2008), p. 218–219. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1661009432503 accessed: 9 December, 2022

location of experience: Lviv, Ukraine

Listeners

Roger Deakin
documentary maker, environmentalist, school teacher, Writer
1943-2006

Listening to

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Ukrainian folk songs sung a cappella performed by two blind sisters

Experience Information

Date/Time between late 20th Century, 12:00 AM and early 21st Century, 12:00 AM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 20 Aug 2022 16:30:32 +0100
Approved on Thu, 01 Sep 2022 11:44:03 +0100