Eurovision Winner Comes to Scotland!

A member of the winning team for Norway in Eurovision 2009 will be performing in Scotland next month.

Anders Aasberg is part of the FRIKAR dance company who were the winners of the Eurovision 2009 Choreography prize, along with the competition’s winning song – a rare double award!

He features in the first ‘Hoots Man Alive!’ Traditional Male Dance Festival – part of the Northern Streams Festival – which brings together music, song and dance from Scotland and Scandinavia.

The traditional male dance festival is an idea originally conceived by James MacDonald Reid – an expert in the older male form of Highland Dance and other aspects of Scottish culture. He wanted to bring together other male dance forms from other parts of Europe to celebrate and learn from each others’ cultures.

Northern Streams Organiser, Fiona Campbell, said “Thanks to funding from the Scottish Arts Council and other supporters, I’m really pleased we have been able to realise this dream of Jamie’s and develop the Northern Streams Festival in new ways. We’ve also been able to bring together a programme of great musicians who complement the dance programme as well as being great performers in their own right.”

Elements of the ‘Hoots Man Alive!’ Traditional Male Dance Festival have been done in partnership with Dance Base – Scotland’s national centre for dance and other partners to deliver workshops to schools and other groups of young people.

Continuing with the winning theme, we have invited winners of two Danish Folk Music Awards 2009, fiddler/singer – Hal Parfitt Murray and keyboard/accordionist – Nikolaj Busk. The duo last performed in Edinburgh as part of the group ‘One Fine Day’ which brought together young musicians from Scotland, France, Sweden and Denmark. This time they will be performing in their own right as well as with men from the Dancing Danes – here for the Hoots Man Alive events.

Northern Streams has also teamed up with the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society to bring over the group Swedish group, Svanevit – in particular, Erik Ask-Upmark – an expert in Swedish & medieval bagpipes. The LBPS expect to produce a book of Swedish tunes suitable for smallpipes as a result of his visit.

Northern Streams 2010 will run 16-20 April and further details on the concerts, workshops and sessions taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow will be at www.eltmsa.org.uk or www.ceildhculture.co.uk.

Editors Notes:

  • Publicity photos of all the performers are available electronically please tel: 0795 191 8366 or email: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk for them or any other queries.
  • Northern Streams 2010 showcases groups often new to Scottish audiences and offers opportunities to learn about traditional music, song, dance and storytelling of the different cultures. This year it is organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch in partnership with Dance Base and the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society. Details at www.eltmsa.org.uk
  • Visit www.tmsa.org.uk for more information about the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA).
  • 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.
  • Northern Streams and the Hoots Man Alive! Festival 2010 has received support from the Scottish Arts Council, Norwegian Consulate General, Embassy of Sweden and IKEA Edinburgh.

Contact: Fiona Campbell
Phone: 0795 191 8366
Email: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.eltmsa.org.uk