Whisky & Witches: The Dark Side of Whisky-a chilling night of whisky, music & folklore performed by Christine Kammerer
We’ve got shivers down our spines at the prospect of this intriguing event happening on Friday 4th: Whisky & Witches is a chilling night of whisky, music and folklore hosted by The Mother Superior on Leith Walk, Edinburgh from 7.30pm. The music will be a combination of Scottish and Nordic folk music and we’re delighted that the event is interpreted and performed by our very own guide, Christine Kammerer.
The stories and music chosen for this special Samhain/Halloween edition of this event are tailored to elevate your experience of the whisky — deepen the connection to the story and soul behind the drink — to the ghosts and ghouls, and darker creatures of folklore and myth which inhabit these hauntingly beautiful regions in which the whiskies are born: Highland Park (Orkney, Islands), Nc’nean (Speyside), Laphroig (Islay), Clydeside (Lowlands) and a special Nordic Surprise: Stauning (Northern Jutland, Denmark).
Christine Kammerer is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer who is also lead singer, lyre player, and co-founder of Gjaldulei and Jotun Revolution: she is also Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. She specialises in curation of cultural heritage, identity and community through historical music but is a diverse composer and songwriter.
Christine’s music is a crossover between singer/songwriter and a fusion of Nordic and Celtic folk soundscapes, with a distinctive cinematic and symphonic character to it. With her hypnotic, melodic and sonorous voice she draws the listener into a universe, which moves from tales of human nature to musical stories about folklore, myth and legend. Christine explained: “Music and folk music have always been part of my life. In High School I majored in Music and Drama, and afterwards continued down this path, when I took an intensive 6-month course at The School for Music and Theater in Toftlund, Denmark. I went on to do a BA in Musicology and Cross-Cultural Studies and then a Master of Arts in Culture and Communications from Copenhagen University. In my masters I specialized in Living History and in the discussion, portrayal and performance of cultural and collective identity in different genres of music. Since then, I have studied the ancient technique of Kulning (Nordic Herd Calling) and am currently studying Music Production and Marketing at MPW (Music Production for Women).”
Over the past 5 years Christine has performed at markets, festivals and venues in Denmark, the UK, Germany and USA. She has collaborated with: Lofotr Viking Museum (NO), Moesgaard Museum (DK), The Scottish Crannog Centre (UK), Helsinore/Kronborg Castle (DK), Kjell Braaten, Bethesda Nordic, UNESCO RILA / University of Glasgow, Ledreborg Castle, Land of Legends and several municipalities in Denmark.
With her band Gjaldulei she performed for Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, at the opening of the exhibition “Togtet” at the National Museum of Denmark. Recently, Kammerer performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (2021) and DKOS at Celtic Connections 2022, The Bungalow (2022), and in 2021 she did a commission for Bethesda Nordic.
In 2021 Kammerer’s song “Eversong” was among the finalists in World Songwriting Awards