Nordic folk band, Farandi's first UK show is part of their EuropeanFinding North tour. This multi-national group present a rich tapestry of folk music from across the Nordic countries.
The project features local Cornish accordionist, Tommie Black-Roff, who has spent the last two years delving into Nordic folk music. With this concert he brings his musical adventures home for a rare UK appearance.
They'll be supported by the local duo Cellar d’Or.
Farandi are six musicians from five countries brought together by a love of Nordic folk music.
Hailing from Denmark, Finland, the UK, Sweden and Belgium, they explore the potential of their respective traditions, from the elementary to contemporary, from the minimal to symphonic.
Described as a “transparent ocean orchestra” (Olof Misgeld), this multinational ensemble combines accordion, flute, bagpipes and a beating heart of three nyckelharpas at its core.
From the language of Old Norse, “Farandi” translates to English as “travelling” or “wandering”. The name reveals the band’s origin - a two year journey they completed together across 4 countries since 2017.
The group consists of flautist Mette Qvist-Jensen from NorthernJutland, bearers of the Upland tradition of nyckelharpa Petrus Dillner and Einar Zethelius, Belgian bagpiper Marieke Van Ransbeeck, Cornish accordionist Tommie Black-Roff, and the Finnish fiddler and nyckelharpa player Saana Kujala.
Individually they are known from numerous other projects such as Trio Törn, TEYR, HRD and Tagelfar.
Farandijoin forces to draw lines between distant folk cousins across northern Europe. Collectively they believe in folk music that unites people – musicians, listeners and dancers. To this end Farandi are dedicated to crossing borders to share their “amazing sound” (Emilia Amper).
“They create magic on stage.” Avisa Hordaland
The brilliant pairing of Anne Ellison-Webb and George Chippendale, both established solo performers in their own rights, brings two hand picked guitars, in every sense, which weave a complex but highly pleasing texture.
Credited to the musical partnership of Julie Matthews and Chris While it's well worth a listen to hear what good songwriting and performances sound like.
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