Musicians crossing sea for canal date

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SCANDINAVIAN musicians are travelling over the North Sea – to perform in north Derbyshire.

Baltic Crossing, a five-piece band made up of young folk musicians normally based in Finland and Denmark – plus some British faces – are to perform at the Hollingwood Hub, beside the Chesterfield Canal in Staveley.

Rod Auton, publicity officer for Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: “The band have played at big festivals such as Womad.

They also became the first folk music group to be selected for the ECHO Rising Stars recitals, where young talented performers were hand-picked to play at some of the world’s most famous venues.

“The band’s excellent blend of fiery folk music, dynamic stage presence and light humour crosses cultures and promises an entertaining, foot-stomping night out.”

The show is a combination of guitar, button accordion, pipes, fiddles, mandolin and double bass.

Baltic Crossing will perform on Wednesday, April 17, from 7.30pm.

All tickets cost £8 and some of the proceeds will go towards restoration of the canal.

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