From coast to coast … in Canada

August 1, 2019
by Morten Alfred Høirup

The month of July offered a 3-week long and relatively intense tour with the project Scandinavian String Alliance, which consists of the pan-Scandinavian violin trio Fru Skagerrak, and the violin and guitar duo Kristian Bugge & Morten Alfred Høirup.

We played concerts on both the Canadian west and east coast, concerts that partly presented the trio's material, and partly the duo's material. But we started the tour with a home concert in Seattle, and here I experienced the first earthquake of my life. It measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, and was strong enough to wake me from my sleep in the middle of the night, and I had never experienced that before anyway.

The Bucharts Garden near Victoria on the Vancouver Islands – here we played as the sun went down. A really good experience.

The tour with Scandinavian String Alliance was exciting because we got to know each other quite well as musicians and people, and because we got to develop a repertoire together. Among the highlights were the concert at the flower park Bucharts Gardens near Victoria on Vancouver Island in the west, which offered a beautiful sunset and a lovely lively audience, and the concerts at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in the small fishing town of Canso, Nova Scotia on the Canadian east coast, where we met and shared the stage with Canadian and Scottish musicians.

The coming months will show what the future holds for the project here, in any case it has been a privilege to play with the fine young players, and super nice to get to know them via a sharp and ambitious project like this.

And Canada itself is a great country to tour in, I'm not done with that at all, that's for sure.