Media release: Last chance to see Eurovision winner in Glasgow

IT is the last chance to catch a member of Norway’s winning team for Eurovision 2009 in Glasgow tomorrow.

With many moves similar to breakdancing and streetdance, the traditional Halling dance form wowed Eurovision 2009 audiences when Norway won the rare double award of both song and choreography prizes.

The style also got the group Frikar to the finals of Norway’s ‘So you think you got talent?’, Anders Aasberg, one of those winning dancers, will be teaching and performing at Glasgow University Union on Sunday 3 April as part of the Northern Streams ‘Day of Dance’.

Examples online of Halling dance include the Eurovision entry: or

Particpants will also have the opportunity to learn the older style of Scottish Highland dance from James MacDonald Reid (Scotland) and dances from the Dancing Danes – not surprising from Denmark! The day of workshops will be rounded off by an evening ceilidh with music and calling provided by John Somerville plus guest performances!

Northern Streams organiser, Fiona Campbell, said: “I’m pleased we have such a high calibre line-up to offer audiences and participants in Scotland this year.

“I’m also happy that we have been able to re-invite the performers who couldn’t make it before, due to a certain Icelandic volcano erupting the day before the festival last year.

“They should be worth the wait!”

Northern Streams Day of Dance, Sunday 3 April 2011 workshops will run from 1-6pm with the ceilidh beginning at 7pm at Glasgow University Union, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LX.

Further details on the workshops, ceilidh and other events in the Northern Streams Festival, including how to book are at or tel: 0795 191 8366.

Each workshop session: £7/5. A day ticket is £20/£15. Ceilidh and performances £8/6 (or free as part of day ticket).

You also have the opportunity to catch the Dancing Danes along with Danish Folk Award winners Hal Parfitt-Murray and Nikolaj Busk tonight at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.

Also on the bill is the Edinburgh-based Celtic Nykelharpa Project, featuring Gavin Pennycook, playing Scottish and Irish tunes on the Swedish national instrument.

Listing information and notes for editors:

Notes for editors:

  • Publicity photos of all the performers are available electronically please tel: 07951 918366 for them or any other queries.
  • Northern Streams 2011 showcases groups often new to Scottish audiences and offers opportunities to learn about traditional music, song, dance and storytelling of the different cultures. It is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Edinburgh & Lothians Branch. Details at Visit for more information about the TMSA.
  • Northern Streams has been funded by Voluntary Arts Scotland’s Make a Splash! grant scheme – part of People Making Waves, co-ordinated by Volunteer Development Scotland. People Making Waves is part of The Scottish Project, which will create a cultural legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games in Scotland. It is supported by Legacy Trust UK and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The Make a Splash! grant scheme is administered on behalf of Voluntary Arts Scotland by the Scottish Community Foundation.
  • Thanks also for help from the Norwegian Consulate General and Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, plus thanks to Dance Base, Dance House and Dance HQ for their assistance.
  • Northern Streams is part of the Ceilidh Culture programme. Ceilidh Culture is Edinburgh’s annual showcase of traditional arts, held in the spring of each year. Featuring a wide range of organisations, both professional and voluntary, it showcases the best of home-grown talent alongside acts from across the world, with local performers as well as international stars from all sectors of the traditional arts. More information at:

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Sunday 3 April ‘Day of Dance’ – Glasgow Glasgow University Union, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LX

Your chance to learn from top Scandinavian and Scottish dancers

Norway: With many moves similar to breakdancing and streetdance, the traditional Halling dance form wowed Eurovision audiences when Norway won the 2009 song contest and choreography prize when performed by members of the group — Frikar. And now you can learn directly from one of those winners — Anders Aasberg.

Scotland: James MacDonald Reid and friends will give you an insight into and chance to try the older style of male Highland dance for yourself.

Denmark: The Dancing Danes, formed from top young dancers from across Denmark to perform internationally, will be teaching and demonstrating both couple dances and the rarer male Danish dances.

NB: Both male and female participants are welcome!

Dance sessions Each session: £7/5 (day ticket £20/£15)

1.00-2.30pm: Scotland — James MacDonald Reid and friends

2.45-4.15pm: Norway — Halling dance with Anders Aasberg

4.30-6.00pm: Denmark — with the Dancing Danes

Ceilidh and dance performance 7.00pm. £8/6 (or free as part of day ticket). Indulge in a wee bit of dancing, music, song, story and seeing what has taken place at earlier sessions. Featuring performances of Norwegian Halling dance with Anders Aasberg, the male form of Scottish Highland dancing with James MacDonald Reid and friends, and the Dancing Danes.

PLUS bring your dancing shoes to enjoy the fun with ceilidh dances in between with music and calling from John Somerville & co. All welcome! – Anders Aasberg

Saturday 2 April Scotland, Sweden & Denmark Concert 7.30pm £10/8

The Pleasance Theatre, The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

Celtic Nyckelharpa Project are Gavin Pennycook (nyckelharpa – Swedish keyed fiddle), Rob Truswell (guitar) and Esther Kuck (bodhran). They will be performing tracks from their recently produced first album of Scottish and Irish dance music using the unique sound of the nyckelharpa.

Scottish-Australian fiddler and singer, Hal Parfitt-Murray, and Danish Nikolaj Busk’s first album, Hal & Nikolaj, won Debut of the Year at the Danish Folk Music Awards 2009 where Nikolaj also won Composer of the Year. “something really special” Roots Zone.

They will be joined by members of The Dancing Danes, a group of young internationally travelled dancers, showcasing rare competitive Danish male dances.

Ticket information

Tickets for all Edinburgh and Glasgow events available through the Ceilidh Culture Box Office, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh: or tel: 0131 228 1155 or on the door. (NB: a small booking fee applies to web and phone bookings but not to those made in person).

Glasgow Day Ticket £20/£15: the three workshops and ceilidh — save up to £9! NB: Weekend/day tickets only available from the Ceilidh Culture Box Office over the phone or in person or on the door.

Concessions: Over 60s, student, unemployed, disabled, Young Scot and TMSA members.

The TMSA is registered as a Scottish Charity SCO03819 and a company limited by guarantee No: 199976. Registered Office: G43, The Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG.

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