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Himmerland with Mairi Campbell
Himmerland with Mairi Campbell
HIMMERLAND” , – Denmark , Ghana and Sweden, is inspired by the exciting and very varied cultures of the five experienced musicians in the band – We fusion the different cultures and genres that are brought into the band, but always with respect form the origin of the traditions – By our touring in UK over the last years, we met Scottish Mairi Campbell and we’re happy to invite her to come and play and sing with us.
MAIRI CAMPBELL(Vocal, Viola) Mairi Campbell is a pioneering figure in Scottish music. Her musical interests
are wide ranging, from playing Scottish dance music to pushing the boundaries of the traditional music
scene with her soundings and improvisations. Mairi has won several awards for her musicianship including
Instrumentalist of the Year and Scots Singer of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
“her voice can stop the clock”The Scotsman
ESKIL ROMME (Soprano Saxophone) is from Funen, but has lived in Himmerlands in Northern Jutland, most
of his life. During the 30 years Eskil has played, he has mixed traditional Danish music with jazz and
otherrelated genres. On his many travels in Scandinavia and the UK, he has developed his very own “North
Sea blend” of sounds and styles. In 2009 he released the album ” Himmerlandsmelodier”, which also was
the beginning of the band Himmerland. Eskil is the artistic director of the small but well-reputed Halkær
Festival, and he is known for its many international tours with bands like “Færd” and “Kryss”.
JENS ULVSAND (bouzouki, vocals) From Sweden, has been an integral part of the Swedish folkmusic scene
in the last 25 years. Beside his work as a touring musician, Jens is a highly respected teacher at the Music
Academies in Malmø, Sweden and Odense, Denmark, and he has a long career as composer for Swedish
theaters. Jens Ulvsand has years of experience on the Swedish folk music scene, and combines his work in
Himmerland with Trio Mio, with membership of Swedish Avadå Band, and toured the world with Danish
Færd, KRYSS and Jullie Hjetland & Jens Ulvsand duo.
EMIL RINGTVED NIELSEN (Electric bass guitar) is from Aarhus, Denmarks next biggest City – Emil
belongs to the new upcoming generation of very well skilled young musicians. He has played with a number
of the new bands that shows where Danish Folkmusic goes these days .. bands as Mads Hansens Kapel and
Tailcoat, and he’s an experienced player at Traditional Danish Dancing .Emil studies El bass at the Music
Academy of Aarhus.
AYI SOLOMON (percussion, vocals) is from Ghana but has lived in Copenhagen for more than 30 years.
Solomon enjoys great respect wherever he has played the last several years, both in Denmark and
internationally. He has released two albums in his own name, and he has performed and toured with a
wide range of top professional bands and projects in genres like world music, rock, pop and jazz.
Among the best known are “Pierre Dørge & The New Jungle Orchestra”,”Moussa Diallo Band” and “Palle
“Mairi Campbell has got to be one of the most fascinating women on the planet.” – Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show