Northern Streams 2019
Northern Streams is an unique festival of Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance based in Edinburgh celebrating its 16th year next month.
Taking place 26-28 April, Northern Streams 2019, features as guests:
Kata - a five women group who sing traditional songs from the Faroe Islands in a enigmatic & mesmerising manner
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 Swedens longest-running student folk ensemble & three times student world champions! https://hannahsundkvist.com/caolmhar/
Jocelyn Pettit with Rav Sira & Ellen Gira - a trio of top young musicians studying in Scotland, from Canada, Norway and the USA, who enjoy playing both Nordic and Scottish music. This will be their first headline concert since forming.
Or visit www.northernstreams.org for more details of our guests.
The festival opens with an evening concert on Friday, then a concert and ceilidh on Saturday to give you the opportunity to try Nordic dances alongside the Scottish ones you are likely to know already. All dances will be called or demonstrated.
There are workshops during the day on Saturday covering tunes, songs and dances from Scotland, Sweden, Norway and the Faroe Islands. The workshop period ends with the Sharing Session we recently started where all the invited guest performers and participants get a chance to share what they have learnt from the workshops and performances. A second free open session finishes the festival on the Sunday afternoon. (This session inspired the development of a monthly Nordic on the fourth Sunday of the month which will coincide with the festival in April).
We have just added a bonus Thursday 25 April afternoon concert with Caolmhar on the HMS Unicorn in Dundee (booking is through a separate link on the tickets page on www.northernstreams.org and a Free Family Music Taster Session on Saturday 27 April morning - thanks to support from the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust (EOTDT) & City of Edinburgh Council Southside/Newington Community Grants & Local Events fund
All Edinburgh events take place at the Pleasance, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ. Ticket prices range from £6 for a workshop £35 for an all-in-one weekend ticket. Concessions include TMSA members & Young Scot cardholders. See www.northernstreams.org to book online and for other ways to buy tickets in advance including in person or continue booking after this description! (Tickets are only available at the venue during the event).
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!
The Pleasance bar/café is open during the event.
For more details of the Northern Streams programme visit www.northernstreams.org or email: email@example.com or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1.
Northern Streams is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Edinburgh & Lothians Branch. Details about the Branch at: www.eltmsa.org.uk and TMSA www.tmsa.org.uk.
We acknowledge support from the Tórshavnar Kommuna to cover the flights from the Faroe Islands and donations from other sources.
The Festival programme is:
Thursday 25 April Bonus concert, 1-1.45pm, Victoria Dock DD1 3BP. Tickets £5 (£2 children) with Caolmhar. See tickets page on www.nothernstreams.org for how to book.
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 Swedens 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):
1. 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
2. Swedish Songs (Caolmhar): No prior knowledge of Swedish required. For all including beginners.
1. Faroe Islands Songs (Kata): No prior knowledge of Faroese required. For all including beginners. OR
2. Cape Breton-Scottish 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.
1. Swedish Tunes & accompaniment (Caolmhar): Learn some of the tunes well be hearing and dancing to in the evening. For all melody & accompaniment instruments Intermediate level upwards.
2. Scottish/Cape Breton Step 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
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).
NEW! FREE Family Music Taster Workshop
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
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 Session @ 1.30-4.30pm Open to all to take part or come along and listen at The Upper Hall in The Pleasance.
Provisional Wighton Centre, Dundee Concert on Thursday 25 April afternoon with Caolmhar - details to be confirmed.
The Pleasance (View)
60 The Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
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