Biography

Kerstin Blodig
is regarded as one of the most important interpreters of Scandinavian and Celtic world-music. She studied musicology and Scandinavian languages and cultures, with particular emphasis on Norwegian folk music. Today she tours all over the world – including major festivals, studio recordings, and regular TV appearances – with a wide variety of different projects, including the Celtic bands Talking Water and Norland Wind. She cultivates her Norwegian roots in the duo Kelpie, in her solo performances and her new Pan-Scandinavian all-women trio Huldrelokkk. Her debut solo CD Valivann won the renowned German Critics Prize 2002. After the success of her 2nd solo album Trollsang, she released her third solo CD Nordisk Sjel. Being one of the finest women guitarists in the acoustic scene today, she is official endorser of Gibson Guitars.
„Blodig impressed us with one of the most expressive voices ever heard“ Glåmdalen (N)

Ian Melrose
from Scotland is a renowned guitarist, composer, arranger and producer in the European acoustic scene. Live- and studio projects have included Clannad (world-tour 1996, Grammy-Award-winning CD Landmarks 1998), with Kerstin in Kelpie, Talking Water and Norland Wind trio, the Duggan brothers (producer, arranger of “Rubicon” album 2005). He is also currently touring and recording with the guitar projects Celtic Guitar Journeys and FourStyles. Solo appearances at many major festivals including Montreal Jazz Festival (CAN) and Celtic Connections in Glasgow (Scotland). He has made 6 solo CDs including his latest world-music opus, Swirling Sands, and has two duet albums with accordion virtuoso Manfred Leuchter on Acoustic Music Records. He is an official endorser of DR Strings, G7th capos und Avalon Guitars.

“..displays Melrose as one of the best Celtic-based fingerpickers on the scene…” Acoustic Guitar (USA)

“ .. a first-class guitarist …… a brilliant fingerpicker!“ The Times (GB)