Mesmerising evening of Northern de-lights

Rona Wilkie and Marit Falt. Photo contributed.
Rona Wilkie and Marit Falt. Photo contributed.

Award-winning Scottish-Norwegian duo Rona Wilkie and Marit Falt are bringing their mesmerising blend of Celtic fiddle, Gaelic song and Scandinavian strings to the High Peak.

Currently touring with their new album ‘Turas’, which has received rave reviews, the duo will bring their unique sound of the North to Chinley Community Centre on Saturday March 15, at the invitation of Blackbrook Valley Arts.

From evocative near-classical movements through elegant polskas, to buoyant reels and raw, piercing vocals, their music is playful, borderless and thrilling.

Rona is a virtuoso fiddle player and won BBC Scotland Musician of the Year in 2012. Norway-born Marit is one of the world’s most expert players of the Latmandola, as well as a top cittern and guitar player, and arranger.

Together they create a startling and beautiful new sound that explores the traditions of Celtic, Gaelic and Nordic tunes, with occasional darker edges of the Western Isles and Scandinavian winters.

In 2012, Rona and Marit won the prestigious Danny Kyle award for new musical talent at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.

Rona said: “The way that the Gaelic and Norwegian and Swedish languages are sung is very similar, and the melodies of the languages are similar as well. But we’re also exploring the differences in the music – in the tempos, time signatures and even the tone of the instruments.” Doors at Chinley Community Centre open at 7.30pm ahead of an 8pm start. Tickets, priced £7, are available on 07977 678355 or via www.blackbrookarts.org.uk.