Scottish-Nordic Festival Returns This Month

After 3 years of waiting, Northern Streams Festival will be celebrating Nordic & Scottish Music, Song & Dance fully in person again, in Edinburgh & Dundee.

Taking place 27-30 April, the 2023 festival features as its guests: Fromseier & Hockings – (Ditte & Sigurd) a Danish Folk Award winning fiddle/guitar/voice duo from Denmark with songs & tunes. They come from the tiny village called Øksendrup, where they also run a small organic orchard and cidery. Their tunes and songs are inspired by their surroundings and the people in them with voices and instruments intertwining, grooving and moving!

And The Låtmores – Paul Sinclair (fiddle) and Janeta Österberg (accordion) – a Scottish/Finnish duo with a mix of traditional and modern folk tunes including ones they like people to dance to…! They feature ‘Finlandssvensk Musik’ subculture of Finnish folk music in their repertoire as both Janeta and Paul are part of that community

Organiser, Fiona Campbell, said: “I really pleased we’ve been able to finally showcase the guest performers we had originally invited for 2020 – it’s now been three years but well worth waiting for the opportunity for Scottish audiences to see and learn from them in person! Also in our 18th (+2!) year, we are working in partnership with the North Atlantic Song Convention (NASC) in its first time in Scotland and the Pomegranates International Trad Dance Festival to bring the Nordic and Scottish mix to different groups of people during the weekend. Plus thanks to funding we’ve got some great ticket prices and discounts as we are aware things are currently a bit tight for many!”

The outline Festival programme is:

Thursday 27 April 7.30pm Evening Concert with Fromseier & Hockings & The Låtmores

Friday 28 April 2.30pm Workshop Danish Songs @NASC with Ditte Fromseier

 Saturday 29 April 11.00am Day Concert @Wighton Centre, Dundee DD1 1DB with Fromseier & Hockings & The Låtmores (tickets available at the door on the day)

8pm CEILIDH with Pomegranates International Trad Dance Festival with Fromseier & Hockings & The Låtmores providing a couple of dances alongside a Scottish Ceilidh Band

Sunday 30 April 11am Danish Tunes Workshop – Fromseier & Hockings

12.30pm ‘Finlandssvensk’ Musik (Finland-Swedish tunes) Workshop – The Låtmores

2-5pm Open Music & Song Session – FREE entry – in partnership with NASC

For more details of the Northern Streams programme, guest artists or for booking links, visit

All Edinburgh events take place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh EH1 1TE – where you can also purchase tickets in person or over the phone 0131 556 9579 if you prefer not to use the online booking options. Ticket prices range from £6 for a workshop – £14 for the concert tickets, with concessions and discount deals worth checking if you plan to attend more than one event.

Other ways to get details are by email: or tel: 0795 191 8366, or Facebook – TMSAEdinburgh&Lothians and Twitter @northernstream1.

The Northern Streams festival is organised by the Edinburgh & Lothians Branch of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) and acknowledges support from Tasgadh Traditional Arts Small Grants Scheme, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in association with the City of Edinburgh Council and Covid recovery funds from the national TMSA support for local Branches.

Jim Welsh

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