Kerstin Blodig & Ian Melrose
A Kelpie is a spirit in Scottish mythology who appears at the waterside disguised as a beautiful white horse. Once mounted the unsuspecting rider is taken to the bottom of the loch never to be seen again. In Norway it is the water troll „Nøkken” who lives in a lake, occasionally surfacing to lure people to their doom. As this creature is to be found both in Celtic and Scandinavian mythology, it is a fitting symbol for the music, combining material from these two cultures with musical experimentation, letting unusual harmonic textures and rhythms flirt with traditional Celtic and Scandinavian music.
When Kerstin’s crystal-clear vocals mix with Ian’s haunting low whistle they evoke a whole gamut of images, from the serenely majestic Norwegian fjords to the magnificence of the Scottish highlands. These qualities coupled with their virtuoso guitar-playing – Kerstin’s groovy plectrum guitar together with Ian’s exquisite fingerstyle technique – are the basis of the special Kelpie sound: An exciting blend of old and new – intricate vocal and instrumental arrangements with room for improvisation and spontaneous ideas.
Kelpie`s debut CD Kelpie was released in Europe by Westpark Music and in North America by Alula Records. The brand-new album Var det du –Var det deg? sees Kelpie joining forces with Norwegian producer and multi-instrumentalist, Leiv Solberg, and top-class session musicians Urs Fuchs and Peter Jakk.
Kelpie tour regularly in Northern Europe and North America.
„Original and fascinating interpretations of Norwegian and Celtic material. Virtuosic and compelling.“
„A high-quality musical programme performed with great skill, passion and an incomparable lightness; the audience was totally enthralled“
Stadland Nordwest-Zeitung, Germany
„The currently most fascinating combination of Celtic- and Scandinavian folk music….“
“fireworks for body and soul”
KERSTIN BLODIG (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán) is regarded as one of the most important interpreters of Scandinavian and Celtic world music.
As founding member of a wide variety of different projects, ranging from studio work, folk-pop and theatre music productions to the Celtic groups Talking Water, Norland Wind and Touchwood, her creativity covers a very wide range. She cultivates her Norwegian roots not only with Kelpie, but also in her solo performances and her band-project Valivann. Her recent solo-CD Trollsang (Westpark Music) sets even higher musical standards than her debut album
Valivann, which won the renowned German Critics Prize (May 2002) and was also released by the world-music label ALULA in North America. Being one of the finest women guitarists in the acoustic scene today, she has recently become endorser of Gibson Guitars.
„Blodig impressed us with one of the most expressive voices I`ve ever heard“ Glåmdalen, Norway
IAN MELROSE (guitar, vocals, whistles, seljefløyte), from Ayr in the Southwest of Scotland, belongs to the cream of Europe’s acoustic guitarists. He is also an internationally acclaimed composer and arranger. He has been lead guitarist with Clannad (World Tour, Grammy Award winning CD Landmarks), is a founding member of The Island Tapes multi-media project, and plays with Kerstin also in Talking Water and Norland Wind. The Duggan brothers of Clannad hired him as producer, arranger and guitarist for their album “Rubicon”. As a solo guitarist he has played many of the worlds major festivals, including the Montreal Jazz festival (CAN) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). His solo CDs, Wolves, Between the Sighs, A Scottish Legacy and most recently A Shot in the Dark (Acoustic Music Records), have gained him rave reviews in the international music press. He is official endorser for DR strings and Avalon guitars.
„ … a top-class guitarist … brilliant fingerpicker“ The Times (GB)
„ …one of the best Celtic-influenced fingerpickers on the scene today“ Acoustic Guitar (USA)