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Himmerland and Nuala Kennedy


Thu 24 Mar 2016, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Keith Gosney

Himmerland with Nuala Kennedy are fresh from sold out performances at Glasgow’s iconic Celtic Connections Arts and Music Festival
Himmerland with Nuala Kennedy will be touring New Zealand for three weeks in March and April. They are invited guests at: CubaDupa Street Festival in Wellington; Tauranga Jazz Festival and the Canterbury Folk Festival plus are playing at clubs and venues all over New Zealand.

“On a mild autumn evening in March at one of Australia's major folk festivals, the huge crowd in the big marquee claps and shout their admiration for the band on stage. This is a Himmerland concert, this Danish band is one of the most travelled outfits on Denmark's roots and folk music scene. Right now it is the drummer Ayi Solomon that has all the audience's attention. Bathed in coloured light from the spots, he sings and dances around behind his drum-kit, while his hands flash over the skins so fast that the eye can hardly keep up with them. Then the rest of the band join in on saxophone, guitar and flute the marquee throbs with new roots, world music and happy listeners.”

Himmerland: A group of exceptional musicians, each with different life stories and traditions in their rucksacks. They come from Denmark, Poland, Ireland and Ghana. Their original music is infused with different traditions from: the Faroes, Sweden, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany Belgium, Scotland, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, South America, Britain and Ireland.

They represent a Denmark where people from around the world can meet, live together and all contribute to a sweetly simmering cultural melting pot of new world music. Nice!

Nuala Kennedy: Buoyant Irish singer and flute player with a hauntingly beautiful voice and adventurous instrumentation, has become a close friend of HIMMERLAND. Nuala Kennedy's singing and flute playing springs from the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland and from the depths of her imagination. From Glasgow to Hawaii, The Yukon to Cape Cod and, California to Drogheda, Nuala Kennedy is a musical adventurer who is known world-wide as a superlative performer of traditional music with it being described as unique, evocative, and soul-satisfying.
The Irish Times says “a flute player and composer of remarkable finesse, fearless of the unknown”.

Eskil Romme: (Soprano Saxophone) has lived in
Himmerlands in Northern Jutland most of his life. During the 30 years Eskil
has been playing he has mixed traditional Danish music with jazz and other related genres. His very own "North Sea blend" of sounds and styles has influences from Scandinavia and UK. In 2009 he released the album
" Himmerlandsmelodier", which was the beginning of the band Himmerland.

Sigurd Hockings: (Guitar) Sigurd is known from bands like Habbadám and Fromseier Hockings. He is one of the most skilful and versatile folk guitarists in Denmark. Inspiration for his individual and accomplished playing style has come from Scandinavian and Celtic music traditions.

Ayi Solomon: (Percussion, Vocals) is from Ghana but has lived in Copenhagen
for more than 30 years. Solomon enjoys great respect wherever he has played both in Denmark and internationally. He has performed and toured with a wide range of top professional bands. Among the best known are "Pierre Dørge and The New Jungle Orchestra", "Moussa Diallo Band" and "Palle Mikkelborg". He is a lively entertaining and accomplished performer in multiple musical genres like world music, rock, pop and jazz. He has released two albums in his own name.

This is a Hawkes Bay Community Event “Great Concerts for Great People”. For additional information contact the concert coordinator phone 0274 462 727.