Dialogue of the Carmelites Swedish Royal Opera
Jazz Fasching Jam Session Amanda Sedgewick,
Thomas Prim and the Full Hand Blues Stampen Happy Jazz,
Sunshine/ Walking on Water/Breaking the ice
Milk (Band), Darts and Dinner at Engelen
Music Instruments Museum, Mohammad Rubaie,
Lunchtime Shostakovitch at Opera Cafe , Learys Sports Bar
Sculpture God OurFather on the Rainbow
Sightseeing boat trip around archipelago
We flew to Stockholm, the 'Venice of the North' for a winter break to explore the Scandanavian capital and seek out some live music.
|Cuban jamming at Fasching|
Back nearer our base on Gamla Stan, we caught the end of the set in Stampen Jazz venue,
|Happy Blues at Stampen|
Stockholm is choc full of museums covering all manner of memorabilia.
I visited the Music and Theatre Museum hoping to see some Hardanger fiddles . Housed in a very nice building, the museum displays though eclectic were underwhelming and featured more ethnic percussion than any other
|Arabic drumming at Music Museum|
|Poet and Musician Kurash Sultan Display at Music Museum|
Arriving late into Gamla Stan I was just in time to catch Scotsman, Dave Stewart's closing numbers at the Liffey Bar. Anticipating Christy Dignam's eagerly awaited gig at the same venue, Dave sang a heartfelt version of the Aslan classic, Crazy World. While a Scotsman singing songs songs by an Irishman was not quite what I had expected for a musical experience in the Swedish capital, it was heartfelt and memorable.
Wednesday is given over to lunchtime and evening events at the Royal Swedish Opera house where I saw a production of Dialogue of the Carmelites by Poulenc. (My review of a day at the Royal Swedish Opera)
The strange sensation of jouneying on a boat through ice was one of the thrills of a sight-seeing boat trip. Our guide Ana Li was excellent and at pains to include as much local insight as possible including our own national
Stockholm was a very relaxing city to spend a few days in. Getting around is easy and most sights and venues can be reached on foot. Eating out and drinks are very expensive but gigs and the opera tickets were cheaper than other capital city prices and there was plenty of diversions for a winter break. Lagom which loosely translated means an elegant sufficiency is a good word to sum up this Scandinavian capital.
|God the Father on the rainbow|