North Atlantic Soundscapes  - Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle


Angelika Nielsen   fiddle, viola
Thomas Loefke     Celtic harp

                                                                        photo:Helmut Wilhelm

The Norðan CD is out now on Tutl and Laika records.

Islands in the North Atlantic inspire the music of the duo Norðan, Tory Island in the Northwest of Ireland, the Hebridean Island of Staffa, the Shetlands, Lofoten in the East, Iceland in the North and right in the middle: the Faroe Islands.

Originally these 18 islands were settled by Irish monks, then the Vikings took over. Dramatic coastal landscapes with cliffs, many hundreds of meters high, lush valleys, fjords and lakes set the mood on the islands. Light, colours and weather change by the minute on these mountains in the sea habitated by 50 0000 people, 80 000 sheep and millions of birds.

Faroese violinist Angelika Nielsen and harpist Thomas Loefke combine in their soundscapes their own compositions with music from the Faroes and Ireland.

The music is accompanied by a slide show with photographs Thomas took during his island travels.

With violin, harp and pictures the two musicians take their audiences on a breathtaking adventurous journey to the North Atlantic.

2013 Angelika and Thomas performed the probably first ever harp and violin seacave concert as part of the concerto grotto concert series in Klæmintsgjógv on the Faroese island of Hestur. Since then this has become an annual event in their tour schedule.


Brimgjáir  Døgg og Sproti

Som Den Gyldne Sol  Loch Ossian 

Døgg og Sproti (live)  Alvastakkur
Djupini   Tjørnarøkur (live) 
At the River of Thor

Steinurin í Íðu/Skorarheyggjurin (live)  
At the River of Thor/Brimgjáir (live)

Concerto Grotto


Galleries:   Norðan    Concerto Grotto    Faroe Islands                       
Downloads:    photo1   photo2   photo3   photo4   photo5
   Angelika about the CD Norðan on KVF  (in Faroese)

Angelika Nielsen is the Faroe Island's number one traditional fiddle player. With deep roots in the musical tradition of her home country she also feels at home in jazz and classical music. After growing up in a musical family, she studied music in Reykjavik and Copenhagen. With her band "Kvonn" ("Angelika" in the faroese language), the Faroese Symphony Orchestra, with the Jazz formation Yggdrasil, with Aldubaran, with Norland Wind or as a solo artist she has toured all the Scandinavian countries, the USA, Australia, Japan, Greenland, Germany and Hungary. Her latest CD: Svabonio.

Thomas Loefke learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland's leading harp players - Máire Ní Cháthasaigh, Helen Davies and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has been playing professionally and has won several international prizes, including first prize at the O'Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue. When not on tour with Norðan or Norland Wind  he also tours with Riverdance fiddle player Máire Breatnach, with  US-Cello / guitar-duo Acoustic Eidolon, pianist Lutz Gerlach, and as soloist.
Latest album:
Rock Pools

Norland Wind
Norland Wind trio
Thomas Loefke 
 Máire Breatnach
Acoustic Eidolon
 CDs & sounds
photo galleries
contact & links
Tour D/CH:
20.04.18        D-13469 Berlin LabSaal 20.00,  tickets: +49 30 41107575
21.04.18        D-22880 Wedel Reepschlägerhaus 20.00, tickets: +49 4103 85057  
22.04.18        D-15345 Rehfelde-Zinndorf  St. Annen Kirche 17.00,  tickets: +49 33433 65982   
23.04.18        D-28857 Syke Wassermühle Barrien 20.00,  tickets: +49 4242 7170
24.04.18        D-59348 Lüdinghausen Kirche an der Burg 19.30,  tickets: +49 2591 949935
25.04.18        D-89134 Blaustein-Bermaringen Martinskirche 19.30, info: +49 171 2710944
26.04.18        D-72290 Loßburg-Lombach Bürgerhaus 19.30  info: +49 171 2710944
27.04.18        D-72393 Burladingen-Hörschwag Rössle 20.00, tickets: +49 7124 9335251
28.04.18        CH-1225 Chêne-Bourg, Point Favre 19.00, tickets: +41 79 832 65 46

Tour New Zealand:
14.06.18        NZ-Te Pahu Te Pahu Sound Lounge 20.00
15.06.18        NZ-Whangarei Folk Club 19.30
16.06.18        NZ-Auckland House Concert, Kathy Mc Donald 19.30, bookings: +64 276622364 
17.06.18        NZ-Coromandel The Club 14.00
18.06.18        NZ-New Plymouth 4thWall Theatre 19.30
19.06.18        NZ-Wellington Old St Paul‘s Cathedral, lunchtime concert: 12.15
20.06.18        NZ-Onekaka Mussel Inn 20.00
21.06.18        NZ-Havelock Captain‘s Daughter 19.30, bookings: +64 3 5742440
22.06.18        NZ-Nelson Fairfield House 20.00, bookings: +64 3 54 83640 
23.06.18        NZ-Southbridge Mistlewood Gallery 19.30,
24.06.18        NZ-Dunedin Dunedin Folk Club, 50Dundas 19.30, bookings:
25.06.18        NZ-Wanaka Cardrona Hall, Cardrona 20.00
26.06.18        NZ-Hokitika Old Lodge Theatre 19.30, bookings: +64 3 7558101
27.06.18        NZ-Picton Le Cafe 19.00, bookings: +64 3 573 5588    
29.06.18        NZ-Palmerston-North Palmerston Folk Club, Theosophical Society Hall 20.00

Tour Faroe Islands:
21.08.18        FO-280 Hestur Klæmintsgjógv “Concerto Grotto“ 13.00, with Kristian Blak piano
22.08.18        FO-100 Tórshavn Blåbar 21.00, with Lutz Gerlach & Ulrike Mai piano
23.08.18        FO-620 Runavik Bókasavnið við Løkin 20.00, with Lutz Gerlach & Ulrike Mai piano
24.08.18        FO-826 Trongisvágur / Suðuroy Salt 19.00, with Lutz Gerlach & Ulrike Mai piano
29.08.18        FO-476 Gjógv Gjáargarður 20.00

contact:    tel: +49 171 271 0944    www.nordan.fo