Dreamers’ Circus is a driving force in Nordic folk music. The endlessly innovative young Danish trio is made up of Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen on violin (who appeared at SMF 2016 with the Danish String Quartet) and Ale Carr on cittern. Drawing inspiration from the deep folk traditions of Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, the ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards, has collaborated regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic and has toured throughout Europe and beyond. The trio’s adventurous approach, coupled with their outstanding musicianship, has brought Dreamers’ Circus to the forefront of the world music scene.
Seamus Egan is one of the most influential artists in Irish traditional music. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work, to his founding of Irish-American band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has put his mark on the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and low whistle, winning a breathtaking four All-Ireland Championships on four different instruments by the age of 14. For this SMF appearance, Egan presents his latest project, made up of Moira Smiley (banjo, accordion and vocals), Kyle Sanna (guitar) and Owen Marshall (mandolin), following his 2018 SMF debut as part of Smiley’s “The Voice is a Traveler.”