Northern Streams celebrates connections between Scottish and Nordic Culture


Northern Streams – an unique festival of Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance – celebrates its 15th anniversary next month, with a focus on Swedish culture.

Taking place 20-22 April, it combines concerts, workshops and sessions, right in the heart of Edinburgh.


Peter Puma Hedlund

Guests taking part in this year’s Northern Streams festival are:

Peter Puma Hedlund – master nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) player from Sweden

Paul Anderson – master fiddler and Shona Donaldson – fiddler and singer from North East Scotland

Fika Collective – Lachlan Munro, Libby McGugan, Malcolm Bushby and Callum Forsyth – Glasgow based band playing Nordic and Scottish music

V-Dala Spelsmanslag – acknowledged as Sweden’s longest-running student folk ensemble

The Grassmarket Centre’s ‘Music for All’ Group

Organiser, Fiona Campbell, said: “We had been uncertain if we were going to have the capacity to run the festival this year but we got the opportunity to invite Peter Puma Hedlund to work with Paul and Shona. V-Dala Spelmanslag were planning to visit Scotland, and I was able to talk to up-and-coming group, Fika Collective, about taking part, it seemed like we had to make it happen, to bring these talented artists together in front of audiences in Scotland.

“Also, we’ll be celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People with our Friday concert, celebrating collaborations between top musicians with our Saturday concert, along with lots of opportunities for participation and learning through workshops and sessions.“

The festival opens with an evening concert on Friday, then a concert and ceilidh on Saturday – to give you the opportunity to try Swedish 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 songs from Scotland and Sweden, accompanying Scandinavian tunes, Swedish and Scottish tunes and dance so you can practise for the evening ceilidh. The festival finishes with an open session on Sunday afternoon, with members of the Grassmarket Centre Music Groups giving a wee taste of their repertoire – all welcome.

All events take place at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA though check out the festival website for details of a concert with Peter, Paul and Shona on Friday 27 April in Aberdeenshire.

To book and for more details of the Northern Streams programme visit www.northernstreams.org or email: eltmsa@yahoo.co.uk or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook – TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1.

Ticket prices range from £6 for a workshop – £35 for an all-in-one weekend ticket. Concessions include TMSA members & Young Scot cardholders. Bookings can be made online through www.northernstreams.org before the festival as tickets are only available at the venue during the event.

Northern Streams is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Edinburgh & Lothians Branch. Details are available at: www.eltmsa.org.uk and TMSA – www.tmsa.org.uk.

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