Northern Streams 2017

Nordic & Scottish music, song and dance

Artists – 2017

Invited guests are:

Lärka: Eilidh Steel & Alice Thorsell (Scotland/Sweden)

KLB: Kari – Lappalainen – Brodal (Finland/Norway)

Harta: Christine Martin – Ross Calderwood – Jack Evans (Scotland)

Reidun Berg (Norway)

Mark Neal (Scotland)


Scroll down for more information on our guests:

Lärka: Eilidh Steel & Alice Thorsell (Scotland/Sweden)

Blending Swedish and Scottish fiddle music and song, Lärka (Alice Thorsell and Eilidh Steel) enjoy delving into old music collections and drawing inspiration of stories, language, history and landscape of both their cultures. Beautiful lyrical playing which intertwines the strings with vocals in elegant arrangements.

Eilidh Steel Lärka

Lärka: Eilidh Steel

Eilidh Steel is from Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and started playing traditional and classical music at the age of six. She spent her childhood attending various music courses, performing with the Helensburgh Fiddlers, playing and leading orchestras and spent some of her final year at school on tour in Russia and Romania with a local folk band.

She was awarded the Sir Jimmy Shand Scholarship to study a BA Honours degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Since graduating Eilidh has been in great demand as a performer, composer and tutor, and has spent much time touring and recording.

For eight years, on the side of being a musician, Eilidh was Artistic Director of the Scots Fiddle Festival, one of Scotland’s biggest traditional music festivals.

Lärka: Alice Thorsell

Lärka: Alice Thorsell

Alice Thorsell is a Swedish fiddler who has her roots in the beautiful county of Dalarna. She picked up her violin at the age of four, and she soon started to perform with her two sisters. At age 16 she attended the Falun Conservatoire of Music for studies in classical violin. During this time she participated in projects concerning swedish folk music, singing, jazz and she also discovered the joy of improvisation.

To learn more about Scottish music and culture, she moved to Edinburgh with the intention to stay in the city for three months, but she ended up staying for over a year. Her love for the city was simply too great not to stay, and today she fondly looks back on the countless nights in folk sessions and open mic nights. After moving back to Sweden in 2016, she completed a six month course in Irish trad music and is still very excited to learn more music of the British Isles.

KLB: Kari – Lappalainen – Brodal (Finland/Norway)


KLB: Olli Kari, Elina Lappalainen, Jon Hjellum Brodal

A bit about KLB:

Crispy Nordic tunes from Norway and Finland plus original compositions form the core repertoire arranged for the KLB trio. Punchy bass solos, flaming bowings and plenty of moustache wax is all part of the experience.

Elina and Jon first created the soundscape to the inter-Nordic dance phenomenon Ruija by Väkevä Collective in 2015. This collaboration led the duo to continue on its own.

Elina and Olli have played together for almost ten years, from Helsinki Music Centre to Beijing and back. They have worked in close collaboration with the Finnish professional and semi-professional folk dance scene by composing, playing and arranging music for dance performances during many years – sometimes even taking a step or two themselves. The trio’s extensive knowledge gives the perfect opportunity for everyone to get acquainted with Nordic songs, tunes and dances.

Olli Kari (Finland) – accordion

Olli Kari belongs to the new edge of Finnish contemporary folk music. Having graduated from the very first Nordic Master of Folk Music joint programme (2011) between Sibelius Academy, the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and the Nielsen Conservatory in Odense, Olli has given concerts across Europe. With accordions of all sizes as Olli’s main instrument, he currently spends his days delivering archaic shepherd tunes with the band Armas, and folk punk attitude with Vimma Allstars.

Elina Lappalainen (Finland) – double bass

Elina Lappalainen is in the front row of Finnish folk ’bass-ism’. Recently graduated from the Sibelius Academy folk music department, Elina tours a lot with her band Hyvä Trio, combining folk tradition, new compositions and stage clownery. Throughout her career, Elina has examined the double bass’ role in folk music and what it could be on an academic level. She especially loves playing in small bands, bringing the bass to the front, together with the other instruments.

Jon Hjellum Brodal (Norway) – fiddle / Hardanger

After completing the bachelor’s degree in folk music at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Jon is now involved in a lot of different projects, including touring with the folk trio Vrang, and together with storyteller Anette Sandvaer. Inspired by several masters and other musicians, he is eager to find his own style, often through different collaborations. As a solo artist, Jon received further attention after winning his class in the 2016 National Folk Music Competition.

Harta: Christine Martin – Ross Calderwood – Jack Evans – (Scotland)

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Harta – Christine Martin, Ross Calderwood, Jack Evans

Harta is a new trio from Skye and Lochalsh who play an intriguing mix of old Scottish melodies and dance tunes alongside music drawn from the Nordic traditions.

Christine Martin plays nyckelharpa, Ross Calderwood plays smallpipes, and Jack Evans plays guitar, bouzouki, and whistles.

As well as being a musician and music teacher, Christine Martin runs the music publishing house Taigh na Teud (, and has produced many popular and successful books of traditional music.

Ross Calderwood is an experienced piper but also a highly regarded pipe maker ( based in Balmacara. He uses native Scottish woods to create his pipes, which he sells all over the world.

Jack Evans is known for his work in some of the best Scottish bands (Jock Tamson’s Bairns, The Easy Club, The Ghillies, The Cauld Blast Orchestra), and is the fretted instruments tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, at Plockton, Wester Ross ( (


Reidun Berg revised

Reidun Berg

Reidun Berg (Norway)

Reidun Berg has been dancing traditional Norwegian folk dances since the age of 10, and have  attended multiple courses on instruction and guidance within the field through ‘Noregs Ungdomslag’, which is the only body of its kind in Norway that tends to education in traditional dancing. She has been an instructor for children’s dancing circles for 15 years, and pensioners’ circles for an additional 5. For the last 27 years Reidun has been a dancer for the Hamar based dance circle Folkedanslaget Sølja.


Mark Neal (Scotland)

Mark Neal

Mark Neal

Joining us for Scottish aspect of the Northern Streams Ceilidh Band is Mark Neal. Originally from East Kilbride, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark has been playing various instruments since the age of 5. He moved to Edinburgh to study a degree in physics then a Phd in Musical Acoustics, before turning to music as a full time career. Although most of his time is spent performing and writing music he also runs the recording studio The Sonic Lodge.

Mark plays with Eilidh Steel – a Scottish duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Their performances combine many of their own tunes and songs along with old traditional music on fiddle, guitar and vocals. With many influences from Argyll and the West Coast of Scotland. They have toured extensively around Europe with concerts in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections, outdoor gigs to over 4000 people in Verona, supported the pop band Madness and have been the backing band for actor/singer Ewan McGregor. In addition to playing, Eilidh and Mark are both experienced tutors, and are available for workshops and master classes in single instrument or mixed instrument settings.



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