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Showcase Scotland 2010

Publisert: 04/05/2010 av Tomas Lauvland Pettersen


One of 2010’s biggest events for the Norwegian folk music scene was without doubt the upcoming Spotlight Norway at Showcase Scotland in Glasgow.

The 28th of January 2010 marked the start of Showcase Scotland’s “Spotlight on Norway” event which presented five Norwegian artists chosen in partnership with the Norwegian Traditional Music Agency and Celtic Connection. Representing Norway was a veritable Premier Division of the nation’s folk music elite: Valkyrien Allstars, Majorstuen, Skaidi, Gjermund Larsen Trio, Synnøve S. Bjørset and Unni Boksasp Ensemble.

Showcase Scotland, a division of the massive Celtic Connection festival, is the largest gathering of the international music community in the Scottish calendar. A chance for promoters, record labels, agents and festival organisers to meet both the Scottish industry and each other, and an opening to see, firsthand, a vast display of performances from the cream of Scottish talent.

Each year Showcase Scotland also invites another country or region to present their music at the same venues. This has given the Norwegian Traditional Music Agency, Music Export Norway and the Norwegian Embassy in London the opportunity to sign a partnership agreement with Showcase Scotland in 2010. Norway receives the handover from Quebec who is partner in 2009. The agreement gives Norwegian artists a significant opportunity to play for a global audience, eager to discover new music to bring back home.

Says the Norwegian Traditional Music Agency’s Silje Førland Erdal: ‘This initiative presents Norway’s prime folk performers with a unique opportunity to present themselves on one of the scene’s major showcasing arenas and to network with key international reps. ‘Spotlight on Norway’ also represents a strengthened status and increased international focus on traditional Norwegian folk music.’

As a lead up to the Spotlight Norway at the Celtic Connections festival, Valkyrien Allstars, Gjemund Larsen Trio and Synnøve S. Bjørset performed at Foyles, Charing Cross on the 26th of January.

Spotlight on Norway profiles and artist interviews:

Gjermund Larsen Trio



Synnøve S. Bjørset

Valkyrien Allstars

Unni Boksasp

The artist interviews above are included in a special Showcase Scotland edition of MIC's 'Listen to Norway' magazine which can be viewed as a PDF here.

Related companies:

Showcase Scotland (Festivals\Outside Norway; Conferences / Seminars\Outside Norway)

Norwegian Traditional Music Agency (Booking Agencies)

Valkyrien Allstars (Performing Bodies\Bands (rock/pop/jazz etc.))

Majorstuen (Record Companies; Performing Bodies\Bands (rock/pop/jazz etc.))

Skáidi (Performing Bodies\Bands (rock/pop/jazz etc.))

Related persons:

Silje Førland Erdal, Artist promotion and booking

Synnøve S. Bjørset, Fiddler

Unni Boksasp, Folk singer

Gjermund Larsen, Fiddler, Cellist, Folk artist

Related events:

26.01.2010 Valkyrien Allstars, Gjemund Larsen Trio and Synnøve S. Bjørset in London

28.01.2010 Unni Boksasp at Showcase Scotland

29.01.2010 Showcase Scotland 2010

29.01.2010 Unni Boksasp Ensemble at Showcase Scotland

29.01.2010 Synnøve S. Bjørset at Showcase Scotland

30.01.2010 Majorstuen at Showcase Scotland

30.01.2010 Valkyrien Allstarsp at Showcase Scotland

31.01.2010 Gjermund Larsen Trio at Showcase Scotland

Related articles:

Unni Boksasp: Stepping it Up, and Overseas.

Valkyrien Allstars: All the Young Dudes

The Norwegian folk music scene

Synnøve S. Bjørset



Gjermund Larsen Trio

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