Majorstuen, returning to Ireland after their successful first visit last year.
There will be very considerable Scandinavian representation at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry next month, with an act from either Norway, Sweden or Denmark playing each day through the convention and at all of the major events. Rather than isolating each act, including Majorstuen, Frikar, Habadekuk, Fiolmionisteriet, Goran Premberg and Matts Nilsson, and listing the events at which they are performing, you are invited to work your way through the events below and find the Scandinavian acts in the line-ups yourself, and while you’re at it you can check out the other European and the North American performers as well.
Tuesday 26 June
A Taste of NAFCO
featuring Blazing Bows (Ireland) featuring Cathal Hayden, Dezi Donnelly, Tola Custy, Ed Boyd and John Joe Kelly, Lau (Scotland), Habadekuk (Denmark), Troy MacGillivray, Shane Cook and Jake Charron (Canada), Majorstuen (Norway) and Andrea Beaton, Janine Randall with Dawn and Margie Beaton (Cape Breton).
McGrory’s, Culdaff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
9pm Doors open at 8pm | €15.00
Wednesday 27 June
A Feast of Fiddles
with Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill (Ireland), Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA), Eric Favreau, Pierre Chartrand and Friends (Quebec), Four Men and a Dog (Ireland), Habadekuk (Denmark) and Nic Gareiss (USA).
Sandino’s, Water Street,
Derry/Londonderry BT48 6BQ
9pm Doors open at 8pm | £15.00
Thursday 28 June
Fiddle & Feet
with Frikar (Norway), Pierre Chartrand, Eric Favreau and friends (Quebec), Anne Conaghan and Connie McKelvey with Fidil (Ireland), Goran Premberg, Mats Nilsson and friends (Sweden), West Kerry Set-Dancers, Joe McGuiggan, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin (Ireland), Frank McConnell (Scotland) and Nic Gareiss (USA). Newly commissioned work by Shetland Islander, Chris Stout (Sail/Seol) featuring Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Nollaig Ní Cathasaigh, Zoe Conway and more. Plus a new dance piece by Breandán de Gallaí featuring champion Irish dancers from across Derry and Donegal.
Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street,
Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6EB
8pm | £15.00 | family ticket £50
Friday 29th June
Women of the Fiddle
with The String Sisters (featuring Liz Carroll, Liz Knowles, Catriona MacDonald, Annbjorg Lien, Emma Hardelin and Liz Doherty with David Milligan, James Mackintosh, Conrad Ivitsky and Tore Bruvell), The Wrigleys (Orkney), Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (England/Australia) and Andrea Beaton, Janine Randall, Dawn and Margie Beaton (Canada).
An Grianán Theatre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
8pm | €15/€13
Friday 29 June
The North Atlantic Céilí
A unique Céilí experience featuring dances from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Shetland, Canada and more with music from The McGlone Brothers ‘Céilí Time’ (Ireland), The Ian Muir Scottish Dance Band (Scotland) and musicians from Canada and Sweden.
The Plaza, Main Street, Buncrana, Co. Donegal | 10pm | €10
Saturday 30 June
Fiddles on the Foyle – Family Day Out.
Performances from youth groups from Derry, Donegal, Scotland, Sweden and Newfoundland and the More Strings Attached/ premiere of newly commissioned piece ‘100 Fiddlers at 55° North’ by Neil Martin performed by fiddlers from the NAFCo International Youth Camp. Fiddle art, come & try sessions, fiddle train, face painting… a fiddle-themed fun day out for all the family in association with Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Saturday 30th June, 12 noon-8pm, Queen’s Quay,
Sunday 1 July
The Chieftains Welcome
featuring Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA), Annbjorg Lien (Norway), Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton, Pierre Schryer and Friends (Canada) Fiolministeriet (Denmark), the Inishowen Traditional Music Project and Coyle School of Irish Dancing.
The Plaza, Main Street, Buncrana,
Inishowen, Co. Donegal
8pm Doors open at 7pm | €20
Published on 24 May 2012