Scottish-Nordic festival returns next month.

An unique festival of Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance based in Edinburgh celebrates its 16th year next month, with another diverse line-up of invited guests.

Taking place 26-28 April, Northern Streams 2019, features:

  • Kata – a five women group who sing traditional songs from the Faroe Islands in a striking manner (photo featured above)

  • Caolmhar – a group of four young people from Sweden that play a range of Nordic & Scottish music and songs. 3 of them come from V-Dala Spelmanslag – Sweden’s longest-running student folk ensemble & three times student world champions!
  • EPK – Jocelyn Pettit with Rav Sira & Ellen Gira – a trio of top young musicians studying in Scotland, from Canada, Norway and the USA, who enjoy playing both Nordic and Scottish music. This will be their first headline concert since forming.

Organiser, Fiona Campbell, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to invite artists from the Faroe Islands as we’ve not yet had anyone perform at the festival from there. Kata have an amazing soundbringing to life old songs with intriguing stories from the Faroese tradition. I’m also pleased to have some of the young Swedish musicians who delighted festival audiences last year, returning to play andsing. And it’s great to be able to showcase the talent that Scotland attracts to study here, especially people who have a shared interest in exploring the Scottish and Nordic traditions.”

The festival opens with an evening concert on Friday, then a concert and ceilidh on Saturday – to give you the opportunity to try Nordic 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 tunes, songs and dances from Scotland, Sweden, Norway and the Faroe Islands. The workshop period ends with the Sharing Session we recently started where all the invited guest performers and participants get a chance to share what they have learnt from the workshops and performances. A second open session finishes the festival on the Sunday afternoon. (This session inspired the development of a monthly Nordic on the fourth Sunday of the month which will coincide with the festival in April).

All events take place at the Pleasance, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ. Ticket prices range from £6 for a workshop – £35 for an all-in-one weekend ticket. Concessions include TMSA members & Young Scot cardholders. See to book online and for other ways to buy tickets in advance including in person. (Tickets are only available at the venue during the event).

For more details of the Northern Streams programme visit or
email: or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook – TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1.

Northern Streams is organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) Edinburgh & Lothians Branch. Details about the Branch at: and TMSA –

We acknowledge support from the Tórshavnar Kommuna to cover the flights from the Faroe Islands and donations from other sources.

The workshops tutored by the guest performers are expected to be around the following topics:

  • Faroe Islands Songs including the song dance tradition
  • Norwegian Tunes & Accompaniment
  • Swedish Songs & Tunes
  • Cape Breton-Scottish Tunes, Connections & Accompaniment
  • Scottish Step Dance & Playing for Dancing

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).

Sat 27 April:

Evening concert and ceilidh @ 7.30-11pm Tickets: £12/10Kata (Faroe Islands/Denmark) & The Northern Streams Ceilidh Band

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 tunes and songs!

Sun 28 April:

Afternoon session @ 1.30-4.30pm Free and open to all to take part or come along and listen.

Bonus extra! We are planning a concert up at the Wighton Centre in Dundee on Thursday 25 April depending in funding – details will be confirmed soon hopefully!