With an intoxicating mix of whirling polskas, groovy reels, passionate love songs and breathtaking hymns, Canada’s Skye Consort and Swedish singer Emma Björling have enchanted audiences here and abroad with their unique mix of Celtic music as well as traditional music from Quebec, Sweden and Norway.
CBC Music called their recent album on the Leaf Music label “breathtaking” with arrangements that are “masterful and varied,” and Sweden’s Lira Music Magazine praised the new album as “heart-melting … it would be hard to find something better than this.”
With voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, and cittern, these extraordinary musicians reunite for a tour this fall including several dates in Quebec, including Wednesday, November 6 at Salle Bourgie in Montreal.
The Canadian ensemble Skye Consort, which performs a mix of classical and world music, first joined forces with award-winning Swedish singer Emma Björling in 2017. When a cancelled flight, due to a huge storm in Iceland, left Emma stranded in Montreal, the musicians had extra time for an exchange of ideas and musical friendship – and this project was born.
This music “opens the door for us to a spellbinding world,” said ICI Musique, “The balance between familiarity and exoticism is ravishing.” This album is now available at leaf-music.ca and all major digital music services.
Formed in 1999, Skye Consort has performed at music festivals across eastern Canada and the United States. From the start, the group’s goal has been to bring an art-music aesthetic to music from many different world traditions.
Emma Björling (lead voice, shruti box, perc.) is an award-winning Swedish singer, composer, arranger, active in the renowned Scandinavian bands Kongero and Lyy. Both bands have toured the world, and are busy in the European Folk/Trad scene. Emma teaches and conducts workshops all over the world.
Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 pm at Salle Bourgie, 1339 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal. Tickets: $ 15 – 28, mbam.qc.ca or 514-285-2000