16th Northern Streams Festival 25-28th April 2019 Edinburgh
Northern Streams Festival
Thursday 25 April 2019
1.00-1.45pm in partnership with the HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee DD1 3BP
Featuring the Swedish group Caolmhar – Hannah Sundkvist (fiddle, mandolin, voice), Kristian Hodén(accordion), Mattias Walla (viola, fiddle) & Mattias Hammarsten (guitar). The group is associated with V-Dala Spelmanslag – Sweden’s longest-running student folk ensemble & three times student world champions and will be performing a range of Nordic & Scottish music and songs. Adult tickets only £5 (child £2) which also gets you the opportunity to look around the Unicorn as well. Numbers are limited so booking essential and the link to book can be found in
Friday 26 April 2019
Evening concert 7:30 -10pm Student Union, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Caolmhar – Hannah Sundkvist (fiddle, mandolin, voice), Kristian Hodén (accordion), Mattias Walla (viola, fiddle) & Mattias Hammarsten (guitar) associated with V-Dala Spelmanslag – Sweden’s 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) – Award-winning Canadian fiddler, stepdancer and singer, Jocelyn Pettit, joins accomplished Norwegian guitarist Rav Sira, and seasoned cellist Ellen Gira in an exciting new collaboration. Studying in Glasgow, these top young musicians enjoy performing both Nordic and Scottish music. This is their first headline concert together.
Sat 27 April 2019
There are 2 options per time slot. Each workshop is 1.5 hours long. Children aged 9+ are able to attend workshops, as long as they are at the level specified and accompanied by an adult.
10.30am-12.00pm: Norwegian Tunes & Accompaniment OR
Swedish Songs (Caolmhar): No prior knowledge of Swedish required. For all including beginners.
1.00-2.30pm: Faroe Islands Songs (Kata): No prior knowledge of Faroese required. Will include an example of the Faroese songdance tradition. For all including beginners. OR
Scottish/Cape Breton Tunes, Connections & Accompaniment Tunes, Connections & Accompaniment
3.00-4.30pm: Swedish Tunes & accompaniment (Caolmhar) OR
Scottish/Cape Breton Step Dance & Playing for Dancing (Jocelyn, Ellen & Rav)
10-11.15am 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!
4.30-6.00pm: 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).
7.30-11pm Evening concert and ceilidh
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 2019
1.30-4.30pm Afternoon Free ‘Scandi/Scottish Music Session
Free and open to all to take part or come along and listen.
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.
TMSA acknowledge support from the Tórshavnar Kommuna to cover the flights from the Faroe Islands, ndividual donations, Torshavn Kommunar, Bilda plus the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust (EOTDT) & City of Edinburgh Council Southside/Newington Community Grants & Local Events fund.
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.org.uk