Knockengorroch will also be a home-town festival for local combo The Galloway Agreement - an exciting new collaboration featuring established musicians Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Wendy Stewart (clarsach, vocals), Ruth Morris (alto, tenor nyckelharpa
) and Stuart Macpherson (double bass).
As well as singing in the film, Lucie employs a wide range of instruments, from an old Scandinavian fiddle called a nyckelharpa
to a musical saw.
Based in Dublin, Slow Moving Clouds are fiddle player Danny (who has collaborated with Irish poet Tom French and produced the acclaimed Lankum), cellist Kevin Murphy (whose CV includes Irish post-rock combo Seti The First alongside The Waterboys, Dave Gahan and The Band), and Finnish instrument maker Aki (nyckelharpa
As always, McKennitt's Irish and Scottish heritage is in full evidence on her latest offerings, but with its wealth of exotic instruments like nyckelharpa
and hurdy-gurdy, Lost Souls incorporates influences from all over the globe.
The Swedish trio Bazar BlEN have played together for the past 20 years, offering instrumental music that mixes the traditional Swedish instrument nyckelharpa
with percussions and bass-guitar, making their music appealing to an international audience.
Christian's cello playing forms the core, augmented by Indian sitara, Indian sarangi, Swedish nyckelharpa
, Indian dhilruba, Indian swaramandala, medieval psaltery, lapsteel/electric/acoustic guitars, bamboo flute, ethnic percussion, electronic keyboards and more.
Showcasing the best of today's folk scene, the line-up features a mix of local talent and artists and folk dance groups from around the globe, including Liverpool-born Steve Tilston , festival favourites Allan-Yn-Fa, Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa
supremos Vicky Swann and Jonny Dyer and theatre star Bob Fox.
In addition to the fiddle, Jarvela plays a pump organ called a harmonium, the nyckelharpa
(a keyed fiddle), the mandolin, and the kantele (a plucked string instrument similar to a dulcimer).
The author also includes string instruments of other cultures and offers illustrations and descriptions of traditional bowed string instruments such as the Arabic rebab, China's erhu and the nyckelharpa
Clare Salaman, who appears with the Ian McMillan Orchestra as well as performing her own work, is a multi instrumentalist and composer who plays violin, baroque violin, hurdgurdy, nyckelharpa
, medieval vielle, rebec, hardanger fiddle and accordion.
Sanderson was particularly struck by Camaras playing of a traditional West African one-stringed instrument called the ritL She was a fiddle-player herself, in the Scots tradition, who had also become enchanted with the Swedish nyckelharpa
, a multistringed fiddle (with resonators) and keys.
The groupsings multi-harmonies a cappella, sometimes accompanied by a Swedish keyed fiddle, nyckelharpa
, guitar, recorder and flute.