Scottish-Nordic festival returns this month
AFTER three years of waiting, Northern Streams Festival will be celebrating Nordic & Scottish Music, Song & Dance fully in person again, in Edinburgh & Dundee.
Taking place 27-30 April, the 2023 festival features as its guests:
Fromseier & Hockings – (Ditte & Sigurd) a Danish Folk Award winning fiddle/guitar/voice duo from Denmark with songs and tunes. They come from the tiny village called Øksendrup, where they also run a small organic orchard and cidery. Their tunes and songs are inspired by their surroundings and the people in them with voices and instruments intertwining, grooving and moving! https://www.fromseierhockings.com/ AND
The Låtmores – Paul Sinclair (fiddle) and Janeta Österberg (accordion) – a Scottish/Finnish duo with a mix of traditional and modern folk tunes including ones they like people to dance to…! They feature ‘Finlandssvensk Musik’ subculture of Finnish folk music in their repertoire as both Janeta and Paul are part of that community. https://www.facebook.com/the.latmores/
Organiser, Fiona Campbell, said: “I really pleased we’ve been able to finally showcase the guest performers we had originally invited for 2020 – it’s now been three years but well worth waiting for the opportunity for Scottish audiences to see and learn from them in person!
“Also in our 18th (+2!) year, we are working in partnership with the North Atlantic Song Convention (NASC) in its first time in Scotland and the Pomegranates International Trad Dance Festival to bring the Nordic and Scottish mix to different groups of people during the weekend. Plus thanks to funding we’ve got some great ticket prices and discounts as we are aware things are currently a bit tight for many!”
The outline festival programme is:
Thursday 27 April
7.30pm Evening concert with Fromseier & Hockings and The Låtmores
Friday 28 April
Afternoon Workshop Danish Songs @NASC with Ditte Fromseier
Saturday 29 April
11.00am Day Concert @Wighton Centre, Dundee DD1 1DB with Fromseier & Hockings and The Låtmores (tickets available at the door on the day) 8pm CEILIDH with Pomegranates International Trad Dance Festival with Fromseier & Hockings and The Låtmores providing a couple of dances alongside a Scottish ceilidh band.
Sunday 30 April
11am Danish Tunes Workshop - Fromseier & Hockings
12.30pm ‘Finlandssvensk’ Musik (Finland-Swedish tunes) Workshop – The Låtmores
2-5pm Open Music & Song Session – FREE entry – in partnership with NASC
For more details of the Northern Streams programme, guest artists or for booking links, visit www.northernstreams.org.
All Edinburgh events take place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh EH1 1TE – where you can also purchase tickets in person or over the phone 0131 556 9579 if you prefer not to use the online booking options. Ticket prices range from £6 for a workshop – £14 for the concert tickets, with concessions and discount deals worth checking if you plan to attend more than one event.
Other ways to get details are by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook – TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1.
The Northern Streams festival is organised by the Edinburgh & Lothians Branch of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) and acknowledges support from Tasgadh Traditional Arts Small Grants Scheme, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in association with the City of Edinburgh Council and Covid recovery funds from the national TMSA support for local Branches.
Notes to editors and listing details:
- Publicity photos of all the performers are available electronically at the Media page on northernstreams.org – please tel: 0795 191 8366 (Fiona) or email: email@example.com for any queries e.g. if you require any recordings.
- PHOTO supplied is Fromseier & Hockings (Ditte & Sigurd) from Denmark – photo credit: Lieve Kopi
- Described as “…something out of the ordinary” by The Herald, throughout the years Northern Streams has showcased performers often new to Scottish audiences, offering opportunities to learn about different cultures around the North Sea through a mix of concerts and workshops.
- Northern Streams is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Edinburgh & Lothians Branch. Details about the Branch at: eltmsa.org.uk and TMSA – www.tmsa.scot
- Northern Streams is working in partnership with the North Atlantic Song Convention (NASC) in its first time in Scotland – https://www.northatlanticsong.com/and the Pomegranates International Trad Dance Festival https://linktr.ee/pomegranatesfest
- The Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) was formed in 1966 as an organisation to promote, present and preserve the traditional music and song of Scotland. Its first events were annual festivals based in Blairgowrie, bringing together many of the finest exponents of the traditions as well as new faces. Current projects include the annual TMSA Event Calendar, an interactive Music Map of Scotland and TMSA Young Trad Tour of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year finalists. The TMSA is registered as a Scottish Charity SCO03819 & a company limited by guarantee No: 199976. Registered Office: The Signal Box, Edinburgh EH14 1JL. Website: www.tmsa.scot
Details of events – for listings etc…
Evening Concert, 27 April 2023, 7.30pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TE
This evening concert features Fromseier & Hockings (Ditte & Sigurd) – Danish Folk Awards Winners – Fiddle/Guitar/Song: https://www.fromseierhockings.com/ and The Låtmores – Paul Sinclair, Fiddle (Scotland) & Janeta Österberg, Accordion (Finland): https://www.facebook.com/the.latmores/ Tickets are £12-14 available at: https://scottishstorytellingcentre.online.red61.co.uk/event/913:4669/913:18739/
Daytime concert, 29 April 2023, 11am-12noon, Wighton Centre, The Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB
This daytime concert features Fromseier & Hockings (Ditte & Sigurd) – Danish Folk Awards Winners – Fiddle/Guitar/Song: https://www.fromseierhockings.com/ and The Låtmores – Paul Sinclair, Fiddle (Scotland) & Janeta Österberg, Accordion (Finland): https://www.facebook.com/the.latmores/ Tickets are £5 at the door on the day.
29 April 2023, 8.00pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TE
Celebrate the International Day of Dance with Ceilidh with Scottish, Danish and Finnish dances – in partnership with Pomegranates International Dance Festival. The ceilidh will feature the Terrific Trouble Ceilidh Band and dance caller Pia Walker alongwith Fromseier & Hockings and The Låtmores teaching and playing for Danish and Finnish dances.
Tickets are available below on a Pay What You Can basis, with a suggested amount of £15 per day – so if only attending the ceilidh then a partial amount would be acceptable!
NB: You can join the dance events before the ceilidh starting in the Storytelling Court with a curatorial guided tour by Iliyana Nedkova of Duets, the first solo exhibition in Scotland by the Pomegranates 2023 festival artist-in-residence Gabriel Schmitz. Then to the Netherbow Theatre for the world premiere of two new productions: To Begin the Dance Once More, a film screening starring dancers Yuxi Jiang and Liron Blajwajs and Dances with Ouds and Fiddles, a staged production for three dancers and two musicians, including Jon Bews with a post-show Q&A with cast and crew, including the award-winning Canadian filmmaker Marlene Millar. And finally – the ceilidh!
There is a workshop with Ditte Fromseier on Danish Song as part of the programme for the North Atlantic Song Convention on Friday 28 April afternoon which you will be able to attend if you buy a NASC ticket https://www.northatlanticsong.com. Do contact us if you are interested in only attending this workshop and we will see if there is availability.
Otherwise we have two Northern Streams specific workshops at the Scottish Storytelling Centre:
30 April 2023
Tickets £8/£6 each or see the SPECIAL LOWER PRICE on WORKSHOP TICKETS Deal details below!
11.00am – 12.15pm
Danish Tunes from Fromseier & Hockings. Book tickets at: https://scottishstorytellingcentre.online.red61.co.uk/event/913:4697/913:18847/
12.30pm – 1.45pm
‘Finlandssvensk’ Musik (Finland-Swedish tunes) from The Låtmores – Paul and Janeta. Book tickets at: https://scottishstorytellingcentre.online.red61.co.uk/event/913:4698/913:18848/
SPECIAL LOWER PRICE on WORKSHOP TICKETS Deal
Buy a ticket for the Northern Streams Evening Concert on Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm, and you will get a code in your confirmation email that you can use to reduce your workshop tickets down to £5 each workshop when using the links above for workshop tickets.
To use the code, a full price ticket needs to be added to the basket and the code applied at checkout. Also, you will need to buy your concert ticket first as the code can’t be applied retrospectively.
If you have already bought your concert ticket but not received your workshop discount code or have any trouble booking, contact the SSC Box Office on 0131 556 9579 for help!
Northern Streams Session
Sunday 30 April: Open Session 2-5pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh EH1 1TE
Come and play, sing, maybe dance or simply enjoy – Free entry!
In association with the North Atlantic Song Convention (https://www.northatlanticsong.com)
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