The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Shetland’s own Kevin Henderson returns to celebrate our 40th Festival with The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, the ever popular trio of talent who combine musical traditions from Shetland, Norway and Sweden to create their own unique sound.
From the moment Kevin Henderson, Olav Luksengård Mjelva and Anders Hall first played together in 2009, they felt a particular chemistry in the sound they created. Some seven hundred gigs later, playing at major events across Scandinavia, mainland Europe, North America and the UK, that chemistry continues to draw the trio together. Their use of standard fiddles, octave fiddle, viola and Hardanger fiddle has led to them being likened to a string quartet rather than just a trio and they last appeared at the Festival in 2014.
Their two albums have charmed listeners in the same way that their live performances beguile and satisfy, and they have received recognition including a Norwegian Folk Award and a place in Songlines magazine’s Top of the World selection for their first album. As dedicated tradition bearers, they have also created their own annual fiddle camp, which has taken place in Norway (2018) and Sweden (2019), while seeking out the tunes that will emerge on their much-anticipated third album in 2020.