The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2018 will once again present a packed programme in a variety of venues and spaces, from Aberdeen’s flagship venues His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree, city centre open air locations, and the charming medieval campus of the University of Aberdeen, to village halls, historic buildings, and community spaces of Aberdeenshire, creating a unique region-wide buzz. NAFCo 2018 will combine an international festival with an academic conference to create a unique event devoted to celebrating Scottish fiddling and the many styles of fiddle music and associated dance traditions that exist around the North Atlantic, especially in Scandinavia, Europe, North America, Ireland, elsewhere in Britain, and some unexpected surprises as well.
NAFCo is a unique globe-trotting event for lovers of fiddle music, dance and learning. It is both an exhilarating festival, celebrating and showcasing the very best of fiddle and dance styles from around the North Atlantic seaboard and an international academic conference attracting some of the world’s top minds working on related research. There will be a large and varied programme of talks, presentations and hands-on fiddle and dance workshops taught by local, national and international tutors as well as a fiddle camp and performance opportunities for young musicians. Expect ceilidhs and a symposium, film screenings and pub sessions, club nights and pop-up gigs, busking trails and international concerts.
Appropriately based in North-East Scotland, noted for its outstanding tradition of fiddle playing and composition, the Convention will acknowledge centuries of cultural exchange in which the northern seas, far from isolating communities, were and are corridors through which they developed their distinctive but related musical traditions. This creative process continues apace as styles and influences ebb and flow between the old world and the new, between the north and the south, between time-honoured custom and modern innovation. Aberdeen, as seaport, airport, and high-tech centre can be seen as occupying a pivotal position in this dynamic interchange of traditional arts between nationalities and across the generations.
The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention has, since its inception in 2001, stood as a giant among traditional arts events across Europe and North America. Building on the great successes of NAFCo 2001, 2006 and 2010 in Aberdeen, as well as international events in Newfoundland (2008), Ireland & Northern Ireland (2012) and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (2015).