Ellestad Wiik Duo coming to Campbell River

The next act in the Otter's Holt House Concert series is coming to Campbell River on Aug. 8.

Laura Ellestad and Magnus Wiik play Norwegian

We are extremely proud to announce another prize-winning music selection for our continuing Otter’s Holt House Concert series.

Laura Ellestad (Hardanger fiddle and vocals) and Magnus Wiik (guitar, banjo, dobro, and vocals) are coming to our house on Monday, August 8 from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets are a suggested $20 per person, all of which goes to the artists.

The Ellestad Wiik Duo is living proof that folk music knows no boundaries.

Ellestad was so fascinated by Norwegian folk music that she packed her bags in 2008 and moved from Calgary to Valdres to study Hardanger fiddle.

Wiik fell in love with both Irish and American folk music in the mid-2000s, and has taken over a dozen trips abroad to study these traditions.

It took a Canadian to get him to open his ears to the music of his home country, but now he’s listening!

The duo has released their debut album together in June, entitled “On the Water” and we help them celebrate their album release tour by having them here.

The material converges somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean.

The majority of the tunes are Norwegian, but with Wiik’s guitar, banjo, and dobro accompaniment, the music always has one foot on either side of the Atlantic.

Ellestad Wiik Duo is curious about the music’s origins, but they are even more interested in experimenting with traditions.

As a duo, Ellestad and Wiik have toured in Norway, Denmark, and Canada and have performed at dances, concerts, and competitions.

They have delved into a large repertoire of traditional music, and their debut album presents a selection of this material.

“On the Water” was released on June 10, 2016 on Just for the Records.

The album contains nine Norwegian tunes, four American tunes, two Irish tunes, and a French-Canadian tune.

For additional information and reservations (required), either email barbaradenz@gmail.com or call at 250-923-6361.

We’ll take care of payment over Interac e-Transfer or cash and all the proceeds go to the band.

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