Three nights, two nations, one unforgettable series

Karen Matheson will perform at Aberdeen's Music Hall
Karen Matheson will perform at Aberdeen's Music Hall

Scotland and Norway share an ocean, share a spirit of adventure and share a passion for their heritage.

And in a series of remarkable one-off nights in Aberdeen, the best grassroots talent from both nations are to come together on the same stage for an unforgettable melding of the musical souls of two great nations.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is committed to developing local and international musical collaborations and their Northern Arc sessions team up the best of our home-grown talent with the best from across the Northern hemisphere in exclusive Music Hall concerts.

Celebrating the Nordic soul which links the northern nationalities, the one-off events also promote positive integration of diversity through art and culture.

For the series is not just about music – and the pre-show events in the Music Hall café includes presentations about Norwegian traditions, artists and links between Scotland and Norway.

They will bring together Norwegian artist Ingeborg P Bodzioch, photographer and musician David Officer who has met with the Norwegian Royal Family and Aberdeen University professors in informal talks about Norwegian poetry, music and traditions.

And the explosive new series begins this year with an exclusive pairing of Scotland’s beloved own singer-songwriter Karine Polwart and Norwegian folk star Sigrid Moldestad on Saturday, February 7.

The second in the series – on Friday, April 3 – brings together the Karen Matheson Band with the Erlend Viken Trio.

A Gaelic singer whose voice is known the world over, Karen and her band will join the Norwegian trio in exploring new approaches to the medium of Gaelic and traditional song with the influence of the Norwegian hardanger fiddle, interested in folk/old-time music/Norwegian desert blues, as played by Erlend.

In the third concert of the series, on Saturday, June 27, modern folk music’s most innovative band Lau - brilliant musicians, thrilling performers and free-thinking visionaries – have chosen the stunning Norwegian trio Valkyrien Allstars, led by the incomparable singer / fiddler Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen to join them onstage at the Music Hall.

On all three nights, the Music Hall bar will be open for an hour of post-show drinks to give concert-goers the chance to meet the artists and informal networking.

Tickets for the concerts are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.