Danish medieval folk band Virelai are heading to our shores. The four piece folk act are performing at Auckland Folk Festival, Luminate Festival and touring five dates across the North and South Island.
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Virelai are passion, they deliver a concert filled with joy. Performing their traditional music, Virelai perform dance tunes and interpretations of Scandinavian ballads, with instruments unique to New Zealand audiences - including the hurdy gurdy, darbouka and jaws harp.
They begin their tour of New Zealand opening the 46th Auckland Folk Festival, before making their way down the North Island to perform at the legendary Luminate Festival. They bring with them stories, an energy for parties and a desire to perform non stop. They have toured non stop in Scandinavia and Europe for the last twenty years.
"Listening to Virelai is a mythical journey back to the roots of the north, awaking everything that the modern age has bulldozed over. It is touching with stretched out hands and sensing the hopes and dreams of our ancestors. Virelai evokes history and tears down the divides because the music makes those who listen float together in joy and motion while the melodies lead the soul into the fire.
The rhythms pound, unfolding the story verse after verse... and the flutes are recalling what was long lost. Virelai is ferocity, eternal longing, gentleness and loving hearts. It follows the footsteps of the vitality from the time Denmark was born. You are invited to take part in Virelai´s journey through the ages and dip into the ocean of the collective memory of the nordic myths." - Susanne Clod Pedersen, Danish Writer