Northern Streams 2018 – festival of Scottish & Nordic music, song and dance

Festival of Nordic & Scottish music, song and dance: 20-22 April 2018

“…something out of the ordinary” The Herald

For three days in April this truly unique festival combines one off concerts with workshops bringing the finest in Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance to enthusiastic audiences in Edinburgh.

Guests appearing from Scandinavia and Scotland in our 15th festival are:
Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson (Scotland)
Peter Hedlund (Sweden)
Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018:
Fika Collective (Scotland)
V-Dala Spelsmanslag (Sweden)

More details about the artists and other details are available at:

Outline programme:

All events take place at the Grassmarket Centre 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA

Friday 20 April: Evening Concert @ 7.30pm Tickets: £12/10
Fika Collective (Scotland/Sweden)
Blending Nordic and Scottish music, The Fika Collective is a newly-formed Glasgow-based group of fiddlers – Lachlan Green (hardanger fiddle); Libby McGugan (fiddle); Malcolm Bushby (fiddler, bouzouki player and singer) with guitarist, Callum Forsyth (who has a Swedish grandmother!)
V-Dala Spelmanslag (Sweden)
Founded in 1961 V-Dala Spelmanslag is the longest running student folk ensemble in Sweden and has been Student Folk Group World Champions three times – famous for their award-winning joyful and energetic playing style.
The cafe/bar is open for food before the evening concert.

Sat 21 April: Northern Streams Workshops Tickets: £8/6 per workshop.
Choose 1 of the 2 options per time slot
(Children aged 9+ are able to attend workshops, as long as they are at the level specified and accompanied by an adult):

1. North East Scottish Songs (Shona Donaldson): For all, including beginners OR
2. Swedish Tunes (Peter Puma Hedlund): For all melody instruments  Intermediate level upwards.

1. Swedish Songs (V-Dala Spelmanslag): No prior knowledge of Swedish required. For all including beginners.
2. Scottish Tunes (Paul Anderson): For all melody instruments  Intermediate level upwards OR

1. Swedish Dances (V-Dala Spelmanslag): Learn the dances well be dancing in the evening. For all including beginners.
2. Scandinavian Tunes & accompaniment (Fika Collective): Learn how Scandinavian musicians accompany their tunes using melody lines. For all melody and chord playing instruments  Intermediate level upwards.

Sharing Session with all invited guest performers and participants to get a chance to share what they have learnt from the workshops and performances. (Free with any workshop or concert ticket).
The cafe/bar will stay open for food before the evening concert.

Sat 21 April: Evening Concert @ 7.30pm Tickets: £12/10
Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson (Scotland) with Peter Hedlund (Sweden) 
A Trio made up of a Riksspelman  Fiddler of the Realm nyckelharpa player from Sweden, one of Scotlands top fiddlers and winner of the Scots Singer of the Year & fine fiddler  can only mean an amazing exchange of cultural delights
The Northern Streams Ceilidh Band (Scotland/Sweden)
After last years successful collaboration, our Festival guest musicians, will be creating another Northern Streams Ceilidh Band to give you to opportunity to try out Scottish and Swedish dances – which will be called – during the extended second half of our concert or you can just sit and listen to the Nordic & Scottish sounds!

Sun 22 April: Afternoon Session @ 2.00-4.00pm Free and open to all to take part or come along and listen at the Grassmarket Centre cafe – which will be open. We will be welcoming members of the Grassmarket Music for All Group to give us a wee taste of their repertoire!

Bonus extra! Aberdeenshire Concert on Friday 27 April, 7.30pm, MacRobert Hall, The Square, Tarland AB34 4YL – with Peter Puma Hedlund, Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson – Tickets £12 (cannot be counted as part of the Northern Streams Festival Weekend Ticket).

Visit for all relevant options to purchase your tickets for the Festival.

There is a ‘all-in-one’ ticket option (only £35/28) which gives you entry into every event and you can save up to £16 plus on ticket/card fees! If you buy the weekend option we will contact you to check what workshops you want to attend to make sure we are okay with numbers and the room size we intend to use – thanks.

Concessions include TMSA members & Young Scot cardholders.

Tickets are not available to buy at the venue itself except during the Northern Streams festival time.

We are very pleased to be once again holding the festival at the Grassmarket Centre  home of the Grassmarket Community Project  a social enterprise helping many people in the city gain new skills and confidence and their profits are used to create new opportunities and activities. Their cafe/bar is open during the festival at the venue – please support this great project!

For more details visit or email: or tel: 0795 191 8366.

Event Details


Grassmarket Community Project

Grassmarket Community Project
86 Candlemaker Row

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