biographies

 

Kerstin Blodig is regarded as one of the most important interpreters of Scandinavian and Celtic world-music. She studied musicology, Scandinavian languages and cultures, with particular emphasis on Norwegian folk music. Today she tours all over the world - including major festivals, studio recordings, theatre productions and regular TV appearances - with a wide variety of different projects, including the folk-pop band Talking Water. She cultivates her Norwegian roots in her solo performances and in the duo Kelpie with the fingerstyle virtuoso Ian Melrose. Her debut solo CD Valivann won the renowned German Critics Prize. After the success of  her 2nd solo album: Trollsang, she has just released her third solo album Nordisk Sjel. Being one of the finest women guitarists in the acoustic scene today, she is official endorser of Gibson Guitars.

Thomas Loefke learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland's leading harp players - Máire Ní Cháthasaigh, Helen Davies and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has been playing professionally and has won several international prizes, including first prize at the O'Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue. In 1992 he recorded his first album. The 2nd album Norland Wind followed 1996, released by the Irish top class label Celtic Heartbeat. Besides his work with Norland Wind, he also tours with Riverdance violinist Máire Breatnach, Cello/guitar-duo Acoustic Eidolon, pianist Lutz Gerlach, flutist Ellen Czaya and as a soloist. Current CD: Northern Isles.

Noel Duggan hails from an Irish speaking and very musical family in Gweedore Co Donegal. He has been playing music from early childhood. After playing in dancehall bands in his youth, together with his brother Pádraig and Ciarán, Máire and Pól Brennan they formed the band Clannad that would soon achieve cult status. By the last 25 years they have carried the sound of the Irish language across the world. With 18 released CDs, worldwide chart appearances, innumerable prizes including Grammy and BAFTA awards Clannad is one of Ireland‘s most successful bands ever. Latest Album: The Duggans & Friends ”Rubicon”.

Angelika Nielsen is the Faroe Island's number one traditional fiddle player. With deep roots in the musical tradition of her home country she also feels at home in jazz and classical music. She studied music in Reykjavik and Copenhagen. With her band "Kvonn" ("Angelika" in the faroese language) or as a solo artist she has toured all the Scandinavian countries, the USA, Australia, Japan and Hungary. CD: Hvonn


Mads Klindt Poulsen - Danish piano, keyboard and organ player from Odense, Denmark. Started playing the piano at the age of 6, and soon discovered the world of jazz, blues, rock and pop music. Played early on with local bands and local heroes, and made his way to The Academy of Music and Drama in Odense, where he is currently studying jazz piano. At the school he was introduced to the world of folk music, fell immediately in love with it, and has been playing with various danish folk artists ever since.