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Happy New Year!

Hello, everyone!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated this page, but we hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and a good New Year’s Eve. We want to wish you and yours the very best in 2010 and we look forward to coming to your area in the near future. Godt nyttår!/Bonne année!/Happy New Year!

Musically yours,
Trent, Kevin, Olav and Annika

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North Atlantic News – April 20, 2009


Atlantic has just finished three wonderful performances and taught one workshop
this past April 17th, 18th and 19th, 2009 in the vicinity of Bergen, Norway.  Here’s a summary of the weekend’s events.

Our Friday
evening concert on April 17th was in a coffee house setting in the
Arent Meyers kjeller (cellar) where Bryggen Kunstskole (Bryggen
Art School)
operates in the Bryggen district of downtown Bergen, Norway.  The building was not a large one, but the
setting was intimate, the acoustics were wonderful and the audience was
enthusiastic.  Friday nights at this art
school is where a bi-weekly series called “Friday Academy”
takes place, where musicians and artists share and discuss their work and their
artistic fields.  After the concert was
finished, their Friday night tradition is to serve a hearty bowl of soup after
the show to musicians and audience members alike.  We thank Jette, the art school staff and
workers with Bryggen Folkemusikk for making the Friday evening performance

Saturday afternoon performance on April 18th was for the students of
Fana Folkehøgskule, a Bergen area boarding
college on the south side of Bergen.  We were delighted to have three students from
Olav’s traditional folk music class perform a set of Shetland jigs and a set of
Shetland reels with us.  This student
body was exploring the theme of “Sea Shanties” and was learning about music
inspired by the sea for an upcoming boat trip to The Orkney Islands of Scotland
later this spring.  Our concert was one
part of the larger academic presentation for the day.  We thank Fana Folkehøgskule for having us as
part of their “Sea Shanty Day” and wish the students every success with their
upcoming voyage.

The Sunday
performance on April 19th took place at the Osterøy
Museum in the Gjerstad district of the
island of Osterøy,
north of Bergen.
One of Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag’s groups, “FelaLiv”, opened the evening for
us with something you don’t see too often; fiddlers needing a conductor to perform a piece.  Nine fiddlers from FelaLiv performed a small ensemble piece for hardanger fiddle called "Huldrasong", with Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag member Liv Skoglund conducting the group.  We were also teaching afternoon workshops
in Shetland fiddling, Norwegian and Swedish folk songs, solo and fiddle
accompaniment on guitar, and piano accompaniment for Shetland and Norwegian
fiddling.  Thanks to Jon Jelmert, Una Ainna O’Keffe, Silje
Midtbø-Vevle, Hogne Midtbø-Vevle, Silje Solberg, Daniel Gullbrå, and Svein Høgemo for attending and being wonderful
students for us to work with.  All seven
students shared what they learned to a receptive
audience before we gave our musical offerings
in the evening performance.  We thank Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag and the Osterøy Museum for making the Sunday workshop
and concert possible.

We trust that
we will see you at a future event.  Until
next time, enjoy your music, let people know about us and leave us a message!

Trent, Kevin, Olav and Annika

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Happy Easter!

Hello, everyone!
From all of us to all of you, have a wonderful Easter season and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances.
Musically Yours,
Trent, Kevin, Olav and Annika
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Hello, everyone! 

It’s been a while since the last blog update, but because our weekend shows and workshop is getting close, we now have some details we can share on the upcoming Osterøy workshop Sunday, April 19th at the Osterøy Museum in Gjerstad, Osterøy, Norway.  Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in attending.

The fiddle and piano accompaniment classes will be taught in English.

The guitar/bass class and vocal classes will be taught in Norwegian.

All fiddlers, guitarists and bassists are asked to bring their own instruments.

All vocal students are encouraged to come with their best singing voice.

For the piano students, some keyboards will be provided, but if a piano student has his/her own electronic piano and bench they can transport for the workshop, this would be greatly appreciated by the organizers and the teacher.

It is advisable that students bring the following items as they will not be provided:  
  Pencil/pen and notebook to take notes.
  A recording device for use in class (MP3 recorder, Mini Disc, etc.).
  Spare strings, accessories, etc.

Admission Rates for Sunday, April 19th (in Norwegian Currency)

WORKSHOP: kr 250,-


CONCERT: kr 100,-


To register for the workshop, contact Hilde Midtbø via mobile phone at +47 97 50 48 47.  Food will be available for purchase by the Osterøy Museum between the workshop and concert.  We hope to see you there!

Musically Yours,
Trent. Kevin, Olav and Annika

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Tre konserter og et dagskurs med Nordatlantisk

Kjære alle!

Nordatlantisk skal spille tre konserter i Bergen og på Osterøy i april 2009. Vi skal gi et dagskurs også på søndag, 19.april. Det er kalanderen vår:

Fredag kveld, 17.april, kl.1900
på Bryggen Kunstskole, Arent Meyers kjeller i Bergen
Kontakter: Eric (+47 92 06 62 15) eller Jette (+47 91 54 53 76)
Takk til Bryggen Folkemusikk

Lørdag morgen, 18.april, kl.1330
Fana Folkehøgskule på Milde (sør fra Bergen på Mildeveien 190)
Kontakt – Fana Folkehøgskule tlf. 55 52 63 60

søndag, 19.april
Folkemusikk dagskurs på Osterøy Museum på Gjerstad (RV 566) på Osterøy fra kl.1500 til kl.1800

felesløtter fra Shetland – Kevin Henderson
norsk folketoner – Annika Westgård
gitar og bass akkomp. – Olav Tveitane
piano akkomp. – Trent Bruner

Konsert med Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag gruppe "Felaliv" kl.1900.

WORKSHOP                     kr 250,-
KONSERT                        kr 100,-

Kontakter – Hilde Midtbø – mob. +47 97 50 48 47
                 Randi Andersen, Osterøy Museum – tlf. +47 56 19 34 40

Vi spør deg om å gi informasjon til alle du kjenner. Tusen takk.

Med vennlig hilsen
Trent, Kevin, Olav og Annika

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April 17-19 Weekend in Bergen and Osterøy, Norway

Hello, everyone!

Our traditional folk music group, North Atlantic, has a three concert weekend along and one workshop confirmed for April 17th, April 18th and April 19th, 2009 in the Bergen, Norway area. Our dates are listed below along with updated information as we currently have it.

Friday Evening, April 17th, 2009, 7:00 PM CET
North Atlantic Concert at Bryggen kunstskole – Arent Meyers kjeller, Bergen, Norway

We will be a part of the “Friday Academy” series presenting a lecture/concert with a slight tutorial angle on highlighting the connections between Norwegian, Shetland and Canadian traditional folk music.

Contact numbers: Eric (+47 92 06 62 15) or Jette (+47 91 54 53 76)

Presented by Bryggen Folkemusikk (www.bryggenfolkemusikk.no)

Saturday Morning, April 18th, 9:00 AM CET
North Atlantic Appearance at Fana Folkehøgskule

Mildeveien 190, Bergen
Our group will be playing for a academic seminar on "Sea Shanties" for the students of Fana Folkehogskule, a boarding college located in the south vicinity of Bergen in the Milde district.

Hosted by: Fana Folkehogskule c/o Olav Tveitane
Contact number: +47 55 52 63 60

Sunday, April 19th
North Atlantic Folk Music Workshop & Concert with Felaliv
Osterøy Museum, Gjerstad, Osterøy, Hordaland
Workshop: 3:00 P.M – 6:00 P.M. CET
Concert: 7:00 P.M. CET

North Atlantic, in cooperation with the Osterøy Museum and Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag, will conduct a folk music workshop between 3:00 P.M. (kl.1500) and 6:00 PM (kl.1800) Sunday, April 19th at the Osterøy Museum in Gjerstad, south of Lonevåg off RV 566 on the Island of Osterøy, north of Bergen.

Separate workshops will be offered in Shetland fiddling by Kevin Henderson, Norwegian folk songs by Annika Westgård, guitar/bass accompaminent by Olav Tveitane, and piano accompaniment by Trent Bruner.  Food will be available for purchase by the Osterøy Museum following the workshop.

North Atlantic will also perform a concert that same evening at 7:00 P.M. with one of Osterøy Spel- og Dansalrag’s groups, "Felaliv".

ADMISSION (in Norwegian Currency)
WORKSHOP:                        kr 250,-
CONCERT:                           kr 100,-

Contact – Hilde Midtbø: cell +47 97 50 48 47

Everyone is welcome to attend. We hope to see you at one or more of these events. We kindly ask you to spread the word to all your friends and fellow musicians about this upcoming weekend. Thank you.

Musically yours,
Trent, Kevin, Olav and Annika

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Kevin Henderson Interview on NRK P2 Radio!

Hello, everyone! 

North Atlantic’s fiddler Kevin Henderson appeared on the Norwegian radio channel NRKP2 (Norwegian Royal
Broadcasting Radio 2) Tuesday evening, January 13th, 2009 at 20.30 CET,
(8:30 P.M. Central European Time).  He was a featured guest on Radio’s
folk music show called "Folkmusikktimen".   Follow the link below to
tune in to the broadcast from NRK’s weekly traditional folk music


those not fluent in Norwegian, check the program listings for søndag,
11.01 , kl.1803 (Sunday, January 11th, 6:03 P.M.) with host Leiv
Solberg for a repeat broadcast.  Kevin’s appearance will take place during the second half of the
show.  To listen live, select NRK P2 from NRK’s radio player, NRK Nettradio.  Happy listening!  Spread the word to all your friends and invite them to tune in!

Musically Yours,
Trent, Kevin, Olav and Annika

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Welcome to our space at Windows Live!

Greetings, everyone! 

Welcome to our very own Windows Live
page.  We trust this will help you get to know us better and that you
in turn can get to know us.  As we become more familiar with what this
page can do we’ll be adding more features and news from our
newly-founded group and sharing the very best in traditional folk music
of Canada, Shetland and Norway.  We will have entries on this blog in both English and Norwegian, so for those of you who are fluent in these languages, we will do our best to accomodate you where we can.  To hear some of our live audio, check our page at http://www.myspace.com/northatlanticmusic. Drop us a line, say hello and let us
know what you think!

Warm regards,
Trent, Kevin, Olav and Annika

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