Date:07/04/2006 - 08/04/2006
 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:Scotland, Edinburgh

A unique cultural experience through music from Norway and Scotland.

In its third year, Northern Streams is establishing itself under the Ceilidh Culture banner, as an annual celebration of music across the borders. Based in Edinburgh, Northern Streams aims to create a platform for young professional and amateur musicians from Scotland and the Nordic countries.

Through music performances, sessions and workshops, Northern Streams is creating and building on international cultural links between regions on a local, national and international level.

Brian Miller from BBC Celtic Roots summed up last year’s opening concert:

“thoroughly enjoyable…and a useful reminder of the many similarities between the musical traditions of hosts and guests.”

The highlight this year will be two of Norway’s finest fiddle lassies, Mari Eggen and Helene Høye, in concert with the Fraser Fifield Duo.

OPEN STAGE, FRIDAY 7 APRIL, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm
Join in our Open Stage, if you are a singer or musician this is your chance to show off your talents in a friendly atmosphere. You can also just come and listen and chill out. We might have a few surprises for you too! Call 0795 191 8366 to book your space at the Open Stage now!

WORKSHOPS, SATURDAY 8 APRIL, Cabaret Voltaire, 1pm-4pm
Norwegian Fiddle (With Mari Eggen)
Swedish Song (With Victoria Rudebark)
Norwegian/Scandinavian Dance (tbc)

(1.5 hours per workshop)

EVENING CONCERT, SATURDAY 8 APRIL, Cabaret Voltaire, 7.30pm

With the glowing Norwegian duo Mari Eggen and Helene Høye along with Scotland’s top duo, Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen.

Norwegian fiddlers Mari Eggen and Helene Høye’s new album is called “GLØD” meaning “glow”, and that is exactly what these two girls are looking for in their fiddle collaboration. It is a well-known phenomenon among fiddlers that sometimes just listening to somebody play, or playing yourself, can give you renewed power and energy. Mari and Helene think this glow is worth sharing with others and their tightly arranged renderings, the vigour and poetic feelings of the folk music tradition is fused with a bold and skilful use of polyphonic texture. This approach enhances the beauty of the tunes, finds new timbres in the music and bears witness to the power inherent in a living tradition. Mari Eggen and Helene Høye play folk music that derives from the Gudbrandsdalen tradition in northeastern Norway.

Both artists have presented and collaborated on a number of concerts. They have recorded for radio and television, and have taught and given workshops. Mari Eggen has been awarded first prize at the National Contest for Traditional Music twice. (Don’t miss her fiddle workshop Saturday afternoon!)

Operating at the point where Scottish and European traditions, jazz improvisation and grooves converge, Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen’s sound defies simple categorisation while making melodic, adventurous music. Fifield’s eloquent, deeply expressive soprano saxophone and low whistle playing, alongside guitarist Stephen’s masterful patrolling of lead, rhythm and bass conduct a two-way musical conversation that ranges from soulful reflection to exciting, high octane folk dance tunes. Music for the head, heart and feet.

Come and see these excellent artists in this yet another Northern Streams explosive double bill!

For more information, please e-mail: or call 0795 191 8366.

Tickets are available at the Box Office (0131 228 1155) or on the door.

Admission: Open Stage: £4/ £2, Workshops: £6/ £5, Evening Concert: £10/ £8, Weekend Ticket: £18/ £12

Supported by: 
The City of Edinburgh Council, Hope Scott Trust, IKEA Home Furnishings Edinburgh, TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch.

The event is organised by TMSA Edinburgh & Lothians Branch.

Ceilidh Culture is Edinburgh's annual showcase of traditional arts, held in the spring of each year. Featuring over 30 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.

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