Nordic Folk Alliance in Gothenburg April 1-2 2020 is a meeting place for musicians, the music business and lovers of folk music and global roots. Nordic Folk Alliance is a showcase, conference and a meeting place for musicians and the music business in the genre of folk and global Roots. We are happy to present some of the international music industry delegates during Nordic Folk Alliance 2020.
Anne Grete Kamilles
Anne Grete Kamilles is Chairman of the board of 'Musik over Præstø Fjord'. Music over the Praestoe Fjord Nordic Folk Festival is taking place every year in August, this year 6th–9th of August. The festival is situated one hour south of Copenhagen, Denmark. 80 percent of our program is filled with Nordic music, in Nordic languages, dancing and a lot of 'buskspil'/jam. We have four stages with professional folk music: The Dancebarn' The Singers Tent, The Dancing Tree Stage, and The Cafe-Stage. There are workshops, film, vikings, carny folk, good food, bars, courses for musicstudents from anywhere. People at all ages participate. The number of participants is set to maximum 3 000 in total. www.MoPF.dk
Anne Grete Kamilles is the director and booker.
Iris Nemani is Harbourfront Centre's Chief Programming Officer responsible for overseeing and delivering Harbourfront Centre's diverse arts, culture and educational programs. She has worked in the arts and culture sector for almost 30 years, bringing her expertise and leadership to a variety of arts organizations. In 2015, she was the Managing Director of PANAMANIA, the arts and culture program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. a 35 day multidisciplinary cultural festival that took place across Toronto. In addition, she was General Manager of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Historic Distillery District, and has held senior positions at Dancap Productions Inc. producing various megamusicals including Jersey Boys and Livent Inc with its productions of Showboat, Ragtime and Phantom of the Opera among others.
Claus Vittus got hooked on folk and blues in the 70ties, musicjournalist since 1980, presenter & documentarymaker at the national Danish radio DR since 1990, podcaster, presenter, moderator at Tønder Festival and booker at Himmelstorm festival.
Craig is director of TwentyTwo Promotions, a Glasgow based agency and events company representing artists throughout the world. His roster includes leading names from the Scottish folk scene, including Talisk, RURA, Blazin’ Fiddles, Ímar and Siobhan Miller, as well as select international artists: Frigg, Vishtèn and Madison Violet. He is also a director of the Orkney Folk Festival and sits on the boards of both Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections and Showcase Scotland Expo.
Nod Knowles is a founding member and currently Administrator of the European Folk Network (EFN) – the new democratic, not-for-profit membership network for everyone working in traditional music and arts in Europe. EFN exists to support and broaden awareness of the arts of tradition as a cultural and educational force in Europe and already has over 80 members from 22 nations. The first EFN conference was held in Brussels in November 2019 and EFN is planning activities for 2020 and beyond. EFN aims: to encourage, promote and support developments for folk music and associated arts in their diverse forms and origins; to create opportunities for artists, organisers and audiences from European countries to meet, communicate and collaborate; and to foster relationships with artists, organisers and audiences beyond Europe. Nod Knowles is a former President of Europe Jazz Network and his career roles have included Head of Music at Scottish Arts Council, CEO of Bath Festivals and founding organiser of the UK/Ireland Jazz Promotion Network. He has held various advisory positions (e.g. with British Council) and as an independent consultant and producer he has worked nationally and internationally with a wide range of artists and organisations in research, review, funding, touring, artistic direction and project management.
After more than a decade of managing danish and international artists, Laia Kverneland works now as international projects manager at Tempi, handling the export activities, as well as artist counselor in internationalization strategies. Tempi’s primary objective is to promote folk, world and related music genres in Denmark and at the same time to promote Danish folk, world and related genres internationally. To achieve this we initiate, develop and take part in a variety of different projects and collaborations. We organize trade missions and also offer practical and strategic support, advice and guidance for Danish bands and artists looking to export their music and live shows. We work under the tagline: Roots music of Denmark - and within that, we collaborate with all parts of the music scene. From bookers, venues, festivals and musicians - to institutions, museums, libraries and whoever what’s to work and present music from within our area.
Åke Lundström is the executive producer för Nordic Folk Alliance and the Nordic representative for Folk Alliance international. He is also the CEO of the showcase festival Live at Heart that takes place in Örebro, Sweden in September every year. He has a background in film business and started and was the first CEO for the Stockholm film commission and the regional film fund in the Stockholm region. Since 2012 he is producing documentary’s for Swedish television and has his own production company, Eyra Media.
Sigtryggur Baldursson is the managing director of Iceland Music, also a musician and a founding member of the Sugarcubes and the Smekkleysa label in Iceland. He sits on various boards on behalf of Iceland Music, and is still very active as an artist in the local and international music scene.
Tove Djupsjöbacka is a freelance journalist specialised in music and dance, based in Helsinki, Finland and writing mainly in Swedish and Finnish. Among her favorite subjects are folk and world music and she writes for among others Hufvudstadsbladet, Finland’s biggest Swedish-speaking newspaper, and special magazines like Finnish Music Quarterly and Kansanmusiikki. She also has a blog (in Finnish) at www.pinnanalla.fi. Tove is also Finland's only Master in flamencology and is especially interested in the characteristics of flamenco outside Spain. (Photo: Paula Partanen)
Ben Mandelson (UK) is an independent world music record producer and active musician. He was part of the key group of UK music professionals who, collectively, created the World Music campaign of 1987. He is Founding Director of WOMEX, and Supervisory Board member for the parent company Piranha Arts, which is based in Berlin, Germany. WOMEX is the world’s biggest professional music conference, tradefair and showcase event for World, Roots, Folk and Traditional music – held annually within Europe at the end of each October; the 26th edition will take place in Budapest, Hungary in October 2020.
Maria Theessink is the Artistic Director & Head of Press at Tønder Festival in Denmark. Tønder Festival is one of Northern Europe´s most respected festivals for roots & folk. In 2019 Tønder Festival celebrated it´s 45th “birthday”. Maria has been the Artistic Director since 2014.
Danielle Lefebvre is the founder and general manager of an agency for musical artists. She won the 2014 Agent of the Year award from the British Columbia Touring Council and was nominated for Capacoa’s Agent of the Year award in 2011. With a background that includes French horn studies in Quebec’s conservatories, piano and teaching certificates as well as various ear training and dictation awards, Danielle Lefebvre brings a unique expertise and synergy to her organization. Boasting an outstanding roster of artists, it has also started to focus its market development efforts in Europe, Mexico and the United States. Over more than 18 years of existence, the agency has built an excellent reputation in the industry.
Anne-Mari Hakamäki is the artistic director of Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, est. 1968, the oldest and biggest folk music and folk dance festival in the Nordic Countries. Rooted in the local living Kaustinen fiddle tradition, the festival offers both domestic and international acts with all the variety of folk music and dance, workshops, improvised jam sessions and dance performances. The festival is also a get-together of thousands of amateur folk musicians and dancers and hosts almost 30 stages and 1500 scheduled performances per year. The family friendly seven days long event takes place every summer in the middle of July.
Dublin-born Tom Sherlock has worked as a full-time music business professional since 1982 when he began employment with leading Irish folk music label, Claddagh Records. He helped establish Claddagh as one of the world's largest distributor of traditional music and opened up many new international territories for the label and its artists. During his fifteen years with the label Tom worked as A & R manager and also as production manager. Among the artists he worked closely with were The Chieftains. He also established a retail arm for the company and successfully managed Irelands leading folk and roots music record store -which still trades to this day.
Since 1997 Tom has worked in music management and event consultancy. He has represented many of the leading Irish traditional music acts among them Altan, Liam O'Flynn, The Poet and the Piper (Seamus Heaney & Liam O'Flynn), The Chieftains, Lankum, Karan Casey, Seamus Begley, Usher’s Island, Lunasa, Paddy Glackin and Roisin Elsafty. In recent years he has taken on management of the Danish band, Dreamers Circus.
Tom has wide experience of organizing tours in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Japan, China, Australia and has worked in most European countries. He works as a programming consultant and advisor to a number of festivals. A contributor to the respected reference works The Encyclopedia of Ireland and The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, he is an occasional lecturer in music business.
In 2012 he was Programme Manager of the North Atlantic Fiddle Festival (NAFCo2012) which ran successfully in Derry/Londonderry and Donegal. Along with Professor Rionach ui Ogain of University College Dublin he was co-editor of The Otherworld -Music and Song from Irish Tradition -an illustrated book with 2 CDs on Irish music and folklore published by The Folklore Council of Ireland.
He recently produced and presented a 6 part radio series entitled "Transmissions" that explored commonalities between various international folk musics - this ran successfully on RTÉ Radio 1 (Irish national broadcaster). Previously he served as an advisor to the Irish Arts Council and has also worked in consultancy roles for the Government of Canada, the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland), The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Danish Roots amongst others. Tom is currently engaged by Music Estonia and Tempi (Denmark) to offer mentoring courses to musicians in those countries. He served, as treasurer, on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin for six years (www.itma.ie) and previously served at board level for Open House Festival in Belfast and the Dublin Folk Festival.