Presented by Folk&Roots…

 

Yarrow & Pine is a storytelling, musical performance consisting of gathered songs interwoven with stories and poems related to winter and its traditions in English, Scandinavian and Bulgarian folk culture. A perfect winter warmer for the chilly midwinter evenings!

Bitter Blossoms is an exciting new vocal trio based out of The Netherlands. Phoebe Kirrage (UK), Julie Hasfjord (NO) and Viktoria Nikolova (BG) combine their skills and knowledge of traditional and classical music to create a unique performance of songs, stories, and tunes.

As an international ensemble, Bitter Blossoms draws on folklore and tradition from their own home countries, Norway, Bulgaria, and England, creating a show akin to the ensemble name itself – simple and beautiful, but with an undertone of a darker nature.

Bitter Blossoms gather and collect stories and songs that have been passed through generations. Some songs and tunes have been carefully uncovered by the Blossoms through ethnographic research and represent the syncretic connections between text and melody. Others have simply been gifted on an 18th birthday by a fellow folk musician. By weaving these elements together with their own musical arrangements and style, Bitter Blossoms seamlessly entangle musical traditions and stories that would have otherwise not met, in a collection of folklore-inspired performances.