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Norwegian fiddler and Scotish harpist tour Scotland

2009-03-02
Nils Økland, the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle virtuoso, and young Scottish harpist Catriona McKay will tour Scotland in March with their sonically fine manipulation of their respective countries' folk traditions.

Nils Økland is a remarkable fiddle player, performing on both Hardanger fiddle, violin, viola and d’amore, who operates at the interface between Norwegian folk music, improvisation and contemporary music. Creating dark, evocative and timeless soundscapes, his music has won an international audience and has made him a sought-after musician for various collaborations with other musicians.

Young harpist Catriona McKay might be informed by the folk tradition of her native Scotland, but her music moves far beyond that and she's a real virtuoso who freely and readily crosses musical boundaries. She's also an accomplished composer and arranger with an ear not only for a strong melody but also how to develop it.

In concert they will take the audience on a traditional music voyage with unique modern voices.

Nils Økland – hardanger fiddle
Sigbjørn Apeland – harmonium
Håkon Stene - percussion

Catriona McKay - harp
Chris Stout - fiddle
Alistair MacDonald - live electronics
Phil Alexander - piano/accordion
Olov Johansson - nyckelharpa

 

Concerts:

6/3 Stirling, Tolbooth.
7/3 Peebles, Eastgate Art Centre.
8/3 Dunfirmline, Carnegie Hall.  
9/3 Glasgow, St Andrews in the Square.
10/3 Mull, An Tobar.   
11/3 Aberdeen, Lemon Tree.