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Northern Streams, Edinburgh - 20-22 April - 15th year of Scottish-Nordic Festival

Northern Streams - a unique festival of Nordic & Scottish music, song & 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.

Guests taking part in the 15th Northern Streams festival are:
• Peter Hedlund – master nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) player from Sweden
• Paul Anderson – master fiddler & Shona Donaldson – fiddler and singer from North East Scotland
• Fika Collective – Lachlan Green, Libby McGugan, Malcolm Bushby and Callum Forsyth - Glasgow based band playing Nordic and Scottish music
• V-Dala Spelsmanslag – 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, at another event. 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 & 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 dancing workshops 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 Group giving a wee taste of their repertoire – all welcome.

All events take place at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA though look out for details of a concert with Peter, Paul and Shona the following week up in Tarland, Aberdeenshire.

To book and for more details of the Northern Streams programme visit Northern Streams website or email: or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook - TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1.

Concession 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 on the website before the festival. Please note 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 about the Branch at: ELTMSA website and TMSA - TMSA website