Festival of Nordic & Scottish music, song and dance
“…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 its 16th year.
Taking place 25 April in Dundee & 26-28 April in Edinburgh, Northern Streams 2019, features as guests:
- Kata – a five women group who sing traditional songs based on folk stories and myths from the Faroe Islands in a mesmerising and enigmatic manner http://tutlrecords.com/artists_show.php?l=en&ArtistId=539
- Caolmhar – a group of four young people from Sweden that play a range of Nordic & Scottish music and songs. 3 of them come from V-Dala Spelmanslag – Sweden’s longest-running student folk ensemble & three times student world champions! https://hannahsundkvist.com/caolmhar/
- Jocelyn Pettit with Rav Sira & Ellen Gira – Award-winning Canadian fiddler, stepdancer and singer, Jocelyn Pettit, joins accomplished Norwegian guitarist Rav Sira, and seasoned cellist Ellen Gira in an exciting new collaboration. Studying in Glasgow, these top young musicians enjoy performing both Nordic and Scottish music. This is their first headline concert together. https://jocelynpettit-trio.blogspot.com
More details about the artists and other details are available at: www.northernstreams.org or email: email@example.com or tel: 0795 191 8366.
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!
Buy your tickets in advance of the event (and not on the door) and you’ll be put in the draw to win a £20 Ikea gift card!
Concessions include TMSA members & Young Scot cardholders. Tickets are only available through booking below or contacting the organisers – they are not available to buy at the venue itself except during the Northern Streams festival time.
Northern Streams is organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch volunteers. The Pleasance bar/café is open during the event.
Thanks to support from individual donations, Torshavn Kommunar, Bilda plus the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust (EOTDT) & City of Edinburgh Council Southside/Newington Community Grants & Local Events fund
Dundee Concert – Thursday 25 April: Afternoon Concert 1.00-1.45pm
HMS Unicorn Dundee, Victoria Dock, DD1 3BP featuring:
Caolmhar – Hannah Sundkvist (fiddle, mandolin, voice), Kristian Hodén(accordion), Mattias Walla (viola, fiddle) & Mattias Hammarsten(guitar) associated with V-Dala Spelmanslag – Sweden’s longest-running student folk ensemble & three times student world champions, perform a range of Nordic & Scottish music and songs. Adult tickets only £5 (child £2) which also gets you the opportunity to look around the Unicorn as well. Please note numbers are limited so booking essential! Booking information is in a separate link on the tickets page on www.northernstreams.org.
Then all events take place at the Pleasance Student Union, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Friday 26 April: Evening Concert @ 7.30-10pm Tickets: £12/10
Caolmhar – Hannah Sundkvist (fiddle, mandolin, voice), Kristian Hodén (accordion), Mattias Walla (viola, fiddle) & Mattias Hammarsten (guitar) associated with V-Dala Spelmanslag – Sweden’s longest-running student folk ensemble & three times student world champions, perform a range of Nordic & Scottish music and songs.
Jocelyn Pettit (fiddle, stepdancer, singer) with Rav Sira (guitar, bodhran, vocals) & Ellen Gira (cello, vocals) – three top young musicians studying in Scotland, from Canada, Norway and the USA, who enjoy playing both Nordic and Scottish music – in their first headline concert.
Sat 27 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):
- Norwegian Tunes & Accompaniment (Rav, Ellen & Jocelyn) Learn a tune (or two), discussing the dance rhythms & explore accompaniment options. For all melody & accompaniment instruments – Intermediate level upwards. OR
- Swedish Songs(Caolmhar): No prior knowledge of Swedish required. For all including beginners.
- Faroe IslandsSongs (Kata): No prior knowledge of Faroese required. For all including beginners. OR
- Scottish/Cape Breton Tunes, Connections & Accompaniment Tunes, Connections & Accompaniment(Jocelyn, Ellen & Rav)
Learn a tune (with bowing & ornamentation), discuss the Scottish/Cape Breton connection, then focus on rhythmic and chordal accompaniment. For all melody & accompaniment instruments – Intermediate level upwards.
- Swedish Tunes & accompaniment(Caolmhar): Learn some of the tunes we’ll be hearing and dancing to in the evening. For all melody & accompaniment instruments – Intermediate level upwards.
- Scottish/Cape BretonStep Dance & Playing for Dancing (Jocelyn, Ellen & Rav)
Learn some step dance steps, discus how step dancing relates to the music, and how to play for step dancers. For all melody & accompaniment instruments – Intermediate level upwards and for all dancers – including beginners
FREE Family Music Taster Workshop 10-11.15am
A free workshop for all the family to have a taste of the music, song and dance of the Faroe Islands (up in the North Sea) with the group Kata who sing old folk story songs with beautiful harmonies. Please note all children attending must be accompanied by an adult throughout the workshop. It would also be appreciated if you could book the relevant number of places to make sure we have the right sized room for the number of people attending – thanks! Thanks to support from the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust (EOTDT) & City of Edinburgh Council Southside/Newington Community Grants & Local Events fund
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).
Sat 27 April: Evening Concert & Ceilidh @ 7.30-11pm Tickets: £12/10
Kata – Singers Greta Bech, Guðrið Hansdóttir, Arnfríð Lutzen, Eyð Berghamar Jacobsen and Unn Paturson from the Faroe Islands, use mesmerising harmonies to perform old songs based on folk stories and myths.
The Northern Streams Ceilidh Band (Scotland/Norway/Sweden)
Created from our Festival guest musicians, the Northern Streams Ceilidh Band, will be giving you the opportunity to try out Scottish and Nordic dances – which will be called/demonstrated – during the extended second half of our concert or you can just sit and listen to the great sounds!
Sun 28 April: Afternoon Free ‘Scandi/Scottish Music Session’ @ 1.30-4.30pm Open to all to take part or come along and listen at The Upper Hall in The Pleasance.