TMSA have put up some photos on Facebook – not on a permalink yet so hope this persists. It’s a good photo of Phil and me in the session.

Posted by TMSA Edinburgh and Lothians Branch on Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Peter Hedlund

Another fantastic Northern Streams festival well and truly underway! Today I attended three great workshops, the first with the brilliant Peter Hedlund (featured photo) who taught us three great tunes. It was great to see and hear Peter’s “number 3” nyckelharpa, built in Kjell Lundvall’s “Nyckelharpverkstan” in Söderhamn. This workshop with Peter alone had four nyckelharpas present – I believe the largest number in one room in Scotland, ever! There have been five at the festival – one of the V-Dala Spelmanslag has one as well.

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Over the weekend it was great to meet up again with some of the fine musicians who go to the sessions at the Steam Packet Inn in Isle of Whithorn. Fortunately the nyckelharpa is welcome there, and although I usually do some drone accompaniment for most of the jigs and reels, I am increasingly finding that I can play more tunes on the nyckelharpa. They are also happy to play Swedish tunes and have even brought one or two into their repertoire.

The photo teaches me a lesson – not to leave my little session friendly camera two stops underexposed when I have been playing with it for other things. I’ve done the best I can with tweaking and will try harder next time!

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Sunshine in Glasgow! A great Fika session this afternoon, many thanks to people for welcoming the nyckelharpa from the east We played a great selection of tunes, including lots of my favourites. Must take a recorder next time to get the tunes people don’t know the names of 🙂

dusty nyckelharpa

The nyckelharpa had a great time again at the Edinburgh Scandi Session – together with the fun of meeting a microphone from the BBC! The producer of BBC Radio Scotland’s “Travelling Folk” had sent someone along to listen to us and talk to us. Yay! (They are doing a special on Scandi music next month.)

We had our home Yule Session yesterday – we played about 40 tunes using various combinations of fiddle (4), guitar (2), cello, ukelele, lever clarsach (2), piano, whistle (2 at least), three-row nyckelharpa, erhu, kontrabas nyckelharpa, 80 bass accordion … I think that’s it. It was a tremendous amount of fun! Many thanks to everyone who attended, musicians and those who fed and watered them 😃 and took photos.

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The nyckelharpa resting beside the lever harp

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