Northern Streams Festival 21 - 23 April. For three days in April, this unique festival combines concerts, workshops and sessions, bringing the finest in Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance – and moustache wax - to Edinburgh.
One of the guest artists travelling from Norway to take part is Jon Hjellum Brodal – a hardanger fiddle player. After completing the bachelor’s degree in folk music at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Jon is now involved in a lot of different projects, including touring with the folk trio Vrang, and together with storyteller Anette Sandvaer. Inspired by several masters and other musicians, he is eager to find his own style, often through different collaborations. As a solo artist, Jon received further attention after winning his class in the 2016 National Folk Music Competition. He is teaming up with Elina Lappalainen (double bass /vocals) and Olli Kari (accordionist) from Finland, to create the trio KLB especially for the Northern Streams Festival.
Joining them will be Reidun Berg, who has been dancing traditional Norwegian folk dances since the age of 10, and has attended multiple courses on instruction and guidance within the field through ‘Noregs Ungdomslag’, which is the only body of its kind in Norway that tends to education in traditional dancing. She has been an instructor for children’s dancing circles for 15 years, and pensioners’ circles for an additional 5. For the last 27 years Reidun has been a dancer for the Hamar based dance circle Folkedanslaget Sølja.
KLB will be performing in the evening concert on Friday 21 April and taking part in the Northern Streams Ceilidh Band on Saturday night – which will be offering the opportunity to try Norwegian, Finnish and Scottish dances all in one evening – all dances will be called by Reidun Berg and others. They will also be teaching workshops on Norwegian tunes and dances during the day on Saturday 22 April. The festival finishes up with an Open Session 2-4pm on the Sunday 23 April.
Danish music appears in the repertoire of Harta – a new trio from Skye comprising of Jack Evans on guitar, bouzouki, and whistles (former member of Jock Tamson’s Bairns); piper Ross Calderwood and nyckelharpa player, Christine Martin - who play an intriguing mix of old Scottish melodies and dance tunes alongside music drawn from the Nordic traditions. They are performing on Saturday 22 April before the Ceilidh part of the evening. The festival finishes up with an Open Session 2-4pm on the Sunday 23 April featuring the Grassmarket Music Project.
The guest artist travelling over from Sweden to take part is Alice Thorsell – fiddler & singer. She has teamed up with Scottish fiddler, Eilidh Steel, as the duo, Lärka, blending Swedish and Scottish fiddle music and song, delving into old music collections and drawing inspiration of stories, language, history and landscape of both their cultures.
Alice has her roots in the beautiful county of Dalarna. She picked up her violin at the age of four, and she soon started to perform with her two sisters. At age 16 she attended the Falun Conservatoire of Music for studies in classical violin. During this time she participated in projects concerning swedish folk music, singing, jazz and she also discovered the joy of improvisation.
To learn more about Scottish music and culture, she moved to Edinburgh with the intention to stay in the city for three months, but she ended up staying for over a year. Her love for the city was simply too great not to stay, and today she fondly looks back on the countless nights in folk sessions and open mic nights. After moving back to Sweden in 2016, she completed a six month course in Irish trad music and is still very excited to learn more music of the British Isles.
Lärka will have their first official performance at the evening concert on Friday 21 April, be teaching a ‘Scottish & Swedish Tunes’ workshop on Saturday 22 April 3.30-5.00pm, and in the evening leading the Northern Streams Ceilidh Band which will be offering the opportunity to try Nordic and Scottish dances all in one evening – all dances will be called.
All events take place at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA
To book and for more details about Northern Streams visit: www.northernstreams.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook - TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1. Ticket prices range from £5.00 for a workshop – £32 for an all-in-one ticket. Please note tickets are only available at the venue, during the event. ... See MoreSee Less
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