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Live | Musicport Festival 2015, October 16-18

Posted on September 11th, 2015 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

Transglobal Underground

The 16th Musicport Festival returns to Whitby, North Yorkshire this October

Acts from around the globe will converge at Whitby Pavilion in October for three days of musical festivity. Now in its 16th year, the Musicport returns from October 16-18, with a host of reputable musicians, who will bring five stages to life.

Headlining the Friday night slot is Terry Hall (lead vocalist of The Specials) with a DJ set, before the London-based world fusion group Transglobal Underground (pictured above) take the Saturday headline slot and acclaimed musician Eliza Carthy and her Wayward Band round off the weekend on Sunday.

Other performers include the Catalonian salsa orchestra Tromboranga, the British folk singer Emily Portman, fiery Finnish fiddle group Frigg, folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow, Tibetan singer Ngawang Lodup, singer-songwriter Paul Armfield and many more. There will also be the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards Ceremony, an event celebrating the region’s local music scene and fresh talent.

Tickets for the entire weekend are priced at £99 (£95 concessions), while 11-18 year olds get half price entry and under-11s are free. Day-tickets are also available.

For tickets and more information, including a list of confirmed acts, visit or call 01947 603475.

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Frigg to perform at St Mark’s Church Hall, November 22

Posted on November 10th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The Nest Collective present Finnish/Norwegian folk band Frigg on November 22 at London’s St Mark’s Church Hall

The internationally renowned Scandinavian folk band Frigg are touring in the UK this month. Named after the Norse goddess of love and fertility, Frigg combine the Finnish fiddling tradition with Norwegian atmospheres, Irish folk music and American bluegrass to create a blend all their own called Nordgrass. Their last album, Polka V, was a Top of the World in the March 2013 issue (#90).

Click here to buy tickets.

Frigg’s full UK tour dates include:

November 19 – Horsham, The Capitol
November 20 – Abergavenny, Borough Theatre
November 21 – Southport, The Atkinson
November 22 – London, St Mark’s Church Hall
November 23 – Poole, Lighthouse Centre for the Arts

Frigg perform at Shetland Folk Festival, Norrsken, 2009:

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Top of the World: Frigg – Polka

Posted on March 10th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Fiona Talkington

Scandi fiddling

This is a five-star album. Now get out there, put your dancing shoes on and spend hour after hour with these fantastic Finnish fiddlers. You won’t be disappointed. Frigg was born with a Finnish-Norwegian line-up and although the music of Finland now dominates, the spirit of adventure, which captured the music world in their early days, is as strong and inventive as ever. The Finnish fiddling tradition, with its roots in Kaustinen, was very much defined by the group JPP, who have been together for 30 years. The surname Järvelä was at that band’s core, and younger members of that family are at the heart of Frigg too. They’re consummate musicians and composers, brimming over with energy and an awareness of the textures, harmonies and rhythms that make their compositions more than merely a set of good tunes. 

The opening of the album reminds me of the feeling you get as the Rolling Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’ starts up – pure adrenalin. Guitarist and dobro player Tuomas Logrén writes a mean schottische. Antti Järvelä’s ‘Bø!’ is one of those unstoppable fiddle tunes that you might dance to all night at the Kaustinen Festival. Then there’s time to get your breath back and shed a tear with a beautiful wedding waltz, share a joke or two in the ragtime ‘Big Brother’. This is a CD to have on permanent repeat.

TRACK TO TRY: Vierivä (The Rolling Schottische)

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Joe Boyd’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the March 2013 issue of Songlines (#90)

Posted on January 31st, 2013 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .

The March 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from tomorrow and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by American record producer and writer, Joe Boyd.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from American duo Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer; Malian ngoni star Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba; Italian troubadour Vinicio Capossela; energetic Finnish fiddling from Frigg; Senegalese musical ambassador Abdou Diop; New York bluegrass group The Dust Busters with John Cohen and the youthful We Banjo 3, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba ‘Ne Me Fatigue Pas’ on Out Here Records
* Nicolas Repac ‘Chain Gang Blues’ on No Format
* Frigg ‘Vierivä’ on Frigg Ltd
* Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer ‘Willie’s Lady (Child 6)’ on Wilderland Records
* Ballaké Sissoko ‘Asa Branca’ on No Format
* We Banjo 3 ‘Over the Waterfall/Liberty Polka’ on We Banjo 3
* Abdou Diop ‘Kodo’ on Sterns 
* Vinicio Capossela ‘Abbandonato’ on Ponderose Music & Art
* The Dust Busters with John Cohen ‘The Honest Farmer’ on Smithsonian Folkways 
* Arifa ‘Maktub’ on Mundus Production

Plus Joe Boyd’s playlist:

* Carlos Gardel ‘Mano a Mano’ on Nimbus Records
* Toots & the Maytals ‘Premature’ on Island Records
* Étoile de Dakar featuring Youssou N’Dour ‘Jalo’ on Sterns
* Detty Kurnia ‘Sorban Palid’ on Riverboat Records
* Forro in the Dark ‘Asa Branca’ on Nublu Records

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