Welcome to the Nordic Harp Meeting 2015, 15-18 October in Turku, Finland!
The programme is still under construction, but it will contain workshops both on beginner and advanced level, as well as folk dances, ballad singing, storytelling etc. Among the teachers will be:
Anna-Maria Toivonen (rune singing, the traditional way to sing ancient Finnish poetry)
Arja Kastinen (kantele)
Dhäämien Määlasenen (Russian folk music)
Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen (kantele)
Henrik “Hummel” & Monica Schön (Swedish medieval ballads with voice, hummel and other string instruments)
Josef hörpuleikari (harp, song and chain dance)
Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch (English folk music)
Katja Nyuppieva (South Karelian folk music)
Maria Ojantakanen (Danish folk songs and the viking-age lyre)
Marit Steinsrud & Stein Villa (langeleik and Norwegian harp)
Pekko Käppi (jouhikko)
Tulikoira (Western Finnish songs and ballads)
Vincent Michaud (Gaelic harp and Scottish dances)
Wendy van der Meijs (harp for beginners)
The venue will be the LUMO centre (click for details), in an old-style farmhouse right in the middle of Turku City. Easy access by ferry or airplane, good bus connections. Friendly home-spun atomsphere and lots of learning, playing and jamming. Workshops of making simple folk instruments are being planned as well. Some instruments will be available for loan during the event.
Update (May 2015): Registration is open (proceed to the three steps of registration)
The participation fee is 80 EUR for the weekend, meals included. There are two alternatives of hostel accomodation, one of them within walking distance. Some free, very uncomfortable accomodation can be arranged if need be…
The Nordic Harp Meeting 2015 will start on Thursday evening, 15th October, with no official programme that night. The informal evening will include meeting old and new friends, having snacks, sauna and jamming ad libitum. On Friday, the programme starts with workshops, lectures, concerts etc, going on until Sunday afternoon with open end.
The organising committee for 2015 are: Helka “Harpbreaker” Ermala, Antti “Hairyface” Saarinen and Yrjänä “Pegleg” Ermala. If you have any questions, email to: