The soaring, joyous music of Baltic Crossing comes from the folk scenes of the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. This young quintet’s musical prowess and love of old dance traditions make for brilliant sets of jigs, polskas, waltzes, schottisches, and other tunes. Ian Stephenson (guitar) and Andy May (Northumbrian bagpipes and piano) hail from England; the Scandinavian side is comprised of Danish musician Kristian Bugge (violin) and Esko Järvelä (violin) and Antti Järvelä (mandolin and double bass) from Finland. The repertoire is mostly instrumental, although the group occasionally raises its voice in unexpected, almost anthemic accompaniment. Lotus alert: Fans of the Scandinavian fiddle powerhouse Frigg will recognize brothers Esko and Antti, and will find a lot to love in Baltic Crossing.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 7pm
Friday, Sept. 25
First United Methodist Church, 7–7:45pm and 8:30–9:15pm
Presented in partnership with the IU Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and the IU Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Friends of Old Time & Celtic Music and Women of Lotus