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Swedish Folk Music at the Old Courthouse

28 October 2015

Swedish folk super group Väsen.


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in association with Moving On Music and MADD Music 4 Corners Festival, is delighted to present Swedish folk super group Väsen at The Old Courthouse, Antrim on Saturday 7 November at 7.30pm.

The Swedish trio’s music is a force of nature, both delicate and intensely energetic. It is the perfect marriage of three instrumental “voices”, the nyckelharpa, the viola and an alternatively tuned 12-string guitar. Olov Johansson’s nyckelharpa is central to the group. Unique to Sweden, its combination of fiddle-style bowing, keys and strings, produces a singing sound like no other instrument. Johansson and violist Mikael Marin met as teenagers in 1980 and quickly began to develop a musical kinship. When they met guitarist Roger Tallroth in 1989, they found their ideal rhythmical partner, creating music that was rooted in tradition, yet remarkably new. The rest is history (and geography) as the trio have spent over 25 years touring worldwide, winning fans wherever they go.

Brilliant musicianship, fleet-fingered invention, and constant surprise, Väsen are an absolute pleasure to witness. With respected reviewers such as Rob Adams advising to “…move heaven and earth for a ticket”, we suggest you do just that!

This spellbinding trio have enthralled audiences worldwide from Japan to the USA, so this is a unique opportunity to hear one of the finest folk acts in the world perform in Antrim Town.  Tickets are still available at £10/£8 concession and can be booked in person at the Box Office in the Old Courthouse, by phone Tel: 028 9448 1338 or online at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/boxoffice.

The tour is funded by an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Touring Award.