VAN DIEMEN’S FIDDLES

HOMEWARD : STARS OF THE SAPPHIRE LOUNGE

Four Winds Festival
Friday 15 April 2022, 8.00 – 9.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui

Van Diemen’s Fiddles are joined in their Four Winds set by piano accordian maestro, Dave McNamara. This virtuosic group will delight and move you with buoyant and nostalgic folk tunes from around the world, travelling from Scotland, Ireland, England and Denmark, through Turkey and beyond. Their eclectic and evocative program features original arrangements of Hildegard von Bingen, Klezmer tunes, contemporary originals and more!

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TOUR

Musica Viva Australia – Borderlands National Tour
26 April – 14 May 2022

Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Canberra

For centuries, generations of musicians wrote dances and masses, symphonies and quartets, as their homelands changed ownership under their feet. Or their nations remained steadfast, allowing the most magical cultural overlaps at the border fringes.

Through composers such as Samuel Scheidt and Dietrich Becker, you will hear the trials of battle – loss, regret, resentment – and, at long last, healing. Listen to composers who were touched by the Thirty Years’ War within the Holy Roman Empire, their countries crumbling around them.

María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (Iceland) and Donald Nicolson (Australia) are living composers who will bring you closer to our time. Just as Van Diemen’s Band invites instrumental guests from across Australia’s state borders, these composers remind us how we’re still united through music – no matter what borders lie between us.