Iceland to Feature at Northern Streams 2012 Festival this Week

There’s more to Iceland than volcanoes and disrupted flights and you have a chance to find this out at Northern Streams 2012.

FUNI (Icelandic word meaning fire), are Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster, who have taught across the world and run the first degree level course on Icelandic traditional music at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Their performances and workshops will cover the unique Icelandic tvísöngur harmony style, Iceland’s two traditional instruments the Íslensk fiðla and the langspil, and the song dances of the island, coupled with beautiful photographic projections. Come and explore the heritage of this fascinating North Sea neighbour.

Sharing the bill with FUNI are a number of other award-winning acts from across Scandinavia and Britain.   

Duo Jens Ulvsand (on bouzouki) and singer Jullie Hjetland have won 7 Danish Music Awards between them through various projects and bands. Rannveig Djønne has been twice a Norwegian champion on the accordion and will be appearing with singer/ fiddler/guitarist, Annlaug Borsheim.

Saxophonist, Daniel Reid (formerly Carlsson) and fiddler, Emma Reid will be bringing their unique blend of Swedish and British fiddle folk music. Karin Ericsson Back and Maria Misgeld (Sweden) will be sharing their knowledge of songs around the North Sea both with adults and children. Kim André Rysstad will be teaching Medieval ballads, lullabies, and ‘stevs’ – 4 lined verses unique to his home area of Setesdal in Norway, and working with hardanger fiddler, Lajla Buer Storli.

The Festival's ninth year offers even more with a new concert and singaround added to the programme on the Sunday afternoon, plus more workshops for children taking place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile and The Pleasance.

Northern Streams Co-organiser, Fiona Campbell, said “I’m pleased that we have been able to arrange such a high calibre line-up again to offer audiences and participants in Scotland this year. Especially being able to bring Icelandic traditional culture to the festival along with a strong singing strand for the many singers who attend and participate in our events.”

Northern Streams 2012 will take place 13-15 April in venues in Edinburgh. Further details on the concerts, workshops and sessions taking place are at www.northernstreams.org or on Twitter: @northernstream1 and Facebook: TMSAEdinburghandLothians

Editor’s Notes:

  • Publicity photos and further biographical details of all the performers are available electronically please tel: 07951 918366 (Fiona) or 0786 661 1954 (Clare) or email: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk for them or any other queries.
  • Northern Streams 2012 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 www.eltmsa.org.uk. Visit www.tmsa.org.uk for more information about the TMSA.
  • Northern Streams has received financial support from the Norwegian Consulate General and Swedish Embassy.
  • 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 and is celebrating its tenth 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: www.ceildhculture.co.uk
  • Tickets for Northern Streams are available from: Ceilidh Culture Box Office (Usher Hall) 0131 228 1155 or www.ceilidhculture.co.uk, the Scottish Storytelling Centre (0)131 556 9579 or www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk or on the door.

We have included the following listing information and details of performers below in Northern Streams Festival 2012 so you have it all in one place:

Northern Streams Programme: 13-15 April 2012 for listings

Music, song & dance from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden & Britain

Visit www.northernstreams.org or twitter: @northernstream1 for more details 

Songs of Ice & Fire Concert: Friday 13 April, 7.30pm
The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ. £10/8

Featuring FUNI – Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster – singers and musicians (Iceland/Britain); Singers – Karin Ericsson Back and Maria Misgeld (Sweden); Singer, Kim André Rysstad and hardanger fiddler, Lajla Buer Storli (Norway).

Workshops: Saturday 14 April daytime
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. £7/5

11.30am-1.00pm: 1. Medieval ballads, lullabies, and ‘stevs’ – Kim André Rysstad (Norway) OR

2. Fiddle workshop with Lajla Buer Storli (Hardanger region, Norway)

1.30-3.00pm: 1. Harmony in North Sea area songs with Karin Ericsson Back and Maria Misgeld (Sweden) OR

2. Harmony in music with Daniel on saxophone and Emma Reid on fiddle (Sweden/Britain).

3.30pm-5.00pm: Song & accompaniment: Singer, Jullie Hjetland (Denmark) and bouzouki player, Jens Ulvsand (Sweden) join singer/guitarist/fiddler, Annlaug Børsheim and accordionist, Rannveig Djønne (Norway).

Children’s Workshops: Saturday 14 April daytime
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. £5 each child (Free to adults accompanying children – children must be accompanied by an adult!). Suitable for all levels.

10.15-11.30am: Discover mouth music or ‘diddling’ with Swedish singers, Karin Ericsson Back and Maria Misgeld (all ages).

2-3.15pm: Explore Iceland through its songs and dances with FUNI – a workshop many children have enjoyed across the world (minimum age 6 years).

Nu-Nordic Music & Song Concert: Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm 

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. £10/8

Featuring singer, Jullie Hjetland (Denmark) with bouzouki player, Jens Ulvsand (Sweden); Saxophonist, Daniel Reid (formerly Carlsson) & fiddler, Emma Reid (Sweden/Britain); singer/fiddler/guitarist, Annlaug Børsheim and accordionist, Rannveig Djønne (Norway).

Presentation & Workshop: Songs and Music of Iceland: Sunday 15 April, 1.00pm

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ. £7/5

There’s more to Iceland than volcanoes and disrupted flights! FUNI introduce you to the unique music, instruments and song dances of Iceland, coupled with beautiful photographic projections. Come and explore the heritage of this fascinating North Sea neighbour.

Finale Concert and Singaround: Sunday 15 April, 3.00pm

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ. £10/8

Your final chance to hear performers from the Northern Streams Festival followed by the opportunity for you to join in as a singaround. Tea, coffee and biscuits too!

Plus a ‘bonus’ event on Sunday 15 April evening – an intimate houseconcert at Douglas's. For more information contact Douglas on info@douglasinscotland.co.uk. Tickets are usually only available on the door (This concert is not covered by the Weekend ticket as it is a separate event).

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets available from:

Ceilidh Culture Box Office (Usher Hall) 0131 228 1155 or www.ceilidhculture.co.uk, the Scottish Storytelling Centre (0131) 556 9579 or www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk or on the door

Concessions: over 60s, student, unemployed, disabled, Young Scot + TMSA members.

Save at least £15 with a Weekend Ticket only £39/29!

Contact: Fiona Campbell
Phone: 0795 191 8366
Email: fiona@vascotland.org.uk
Website: http://www.northernstreams.org