Genre-defining, ground-breaking artists from Scotland collaborate with the best roots talent from across the Northern hemisphere in these unique, exclusive Music Hall sessions. Explore the contemporary folk music of Scotland, Canada, Scandinavia, the Baltic region and more with the very best musicians from these regions.
Scotland meets Norway in this new season of Northern Arc Music Sessions
Pre-show events in the Music Hall café, start at 6.45pm
Put yourself in the mood for discovery by attending pre-show presentations of Norwegian traditions, artists and links between Scotland and Norway (more info below).
The bar will be open for one hour after the show for meeting the artists and informal networking, the concert will begin at 7.30pm
Karen Matheson Band with Erlend Viken Trio
The lead singer of Capercaillie heads up the second show in our Northern Arc season. Described by the New York Times as "spellbinding and evocative... she takes folk music to a celestial high", Karen has stunned audiences around the world and introduced the beautiful Gaelic language to countless thousands of people. A special night awaits for those who attend.
When Sean Connery described Karen Matheson as having "a throat surely touched by the hand of God." and Billboard magazine described her as "the finest Gaelic singer alive today..." this tells only part of the remarkable story of a singer at the forefront of the Celtic music scene. Her new album "Downriver" (released Nov 2005) is mostly inspired by traditional gaelic songs she grew up with and is mainly an acoustic affair, leaving space for the voice which has mesmerized audiences throughout the world during her career.
Norwegian threesome the Erlend Viken Trio present contemporary Nordic music - Folk/Old-Time Music/Norwegian Desert Blues. Erlend Viken Trio members: Erlend Viken - fiddle & Hardanger fiddle Juhani Silvola - acoustic & electric guitars Jonas Bleckman -cello.
Karen Matheson about Erlend Viken trio: ‘Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to tour Scandinavia and experience beautiful music and so it will be a dream come true to work with Erlend and the trio in this one-off concert in Aberdeen.’
Pre-show event: David Officer | starts at 6.45pm in the Music Hall café
David makes noise as Dæmons. He will give a short talk and play music from the Fram EP, inspired by Amundsen and Scott's Race to the Pole, and a commission for the opening of a new museum building in Oslo, performed in front of the Norwegian King and Prime Minister. David is also a professional wildlife and landscape photographer based in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
Buy all three Northern Arc Sessions for £33 inc. bf