Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson

Tunes that create images, a hint of a memory or perhaps something yet to happen? Bridget Marsden (violin) and Leif Ottosson (accordion) form a duo whose interpretations of Nordic folk music take place in a filmic borderland of tunes and soundscapes. In the meeting between new compositions and traditional tunes the music is given new life in atmospheric arrangements and open solo outings.

Leif Ottosson is a young accordionist on the Swedish folk music scene who is said to be the first to have transferred the traditional fiddler’s style of playing to his instrument. He challenges the conventional way of using the accordion as well as being a brilliant instrumentalist with great artistic breadth. Leif has received several well-renowned awards including the Hagström Scholarship and the Andrew Walter Scholarship for Accordionists. Leif often distinguishes himself as a composer and arranger in the many groups that he plays with, not least in his band HiR.

Bridget Marsden is a violinist who walks her own path. An encounter with Swedish folk music made such a strong impression on her that she moved from England to Sweden, to study folk music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm . Today she works as a freelance musician and teacher. Bridget is specialised in the Bingsjö fiddle tradition, and has amongst other things produced When I Listen To Bingsjö, a unique solo project combining an exhibition with live performance. She was awarded the prestigious Päkkos Gustaf Scholarship in 2011. Bridget can also be heard in the group Stormsteg, who won Best Newcomer at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards 2012.

In Advance: £8 (£6 Concessions)
On the Door: £10 (£8 Concessions)
Family Ticket: £20 (in advance) £24 on Door
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