Kerstin Blodig: vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán, bass-maker, foot
Ian Melrose: vocals, guitar, low whistles, seljefløyte, whistle percussion
A voice as clear as Norwegian fjord water, a whistle like a breath of mist over the Scottish highlands, two beautifully harmonising and groovy guitars - weaving flowing arrangements around ballads about trolls, kelpies and other water-spirits, driving up-tempo tunes with plenty of room for spontaneous ideas and improvisation.
Kelpie is two internationally renowned solo artists in their favourite duo project.
Kerstin and Ian founded the duo Kelpie in 1997. After a total of 15 years of playing together in different projects and on many CD productions they are an experienced and totally synchronized team, who effortlessly understand each other and can react to the slightest nuances in each other’s playing. This quality is particularly evident in their live concerts, which have earned them an international reputation. The legendary “Kelpie-wall-of-sound”, this opulent acoustic orchestration impresses with carefully crafted guitar and vocal arrangements, the varied use of ethnic flutes, bodhrán, bouzouki and the sparse but effective use of bass-maker, delay-effects and foot percussion. It’s hard to believe there are only two people playing!
What audiences particularly react to is the passionate, obvious and infectious joy these two full-blooded musicians experience in making music together, a joy which often results in euphoric demands for more and more encores.
“fireworks for body and soul”
Offenburger Tageblatt (D)
„Everything was perfect. Two excellent instrumentalists, two wonderful voices, a captivated audience and a perfect sound … Kerstin Blodig’ s Norwegian roots and Ian Melrose’s Scottish heritage fit together perfectly, as if it had never been otherwise. Of course there are strong historical connections between Norway and Scotland, but the musical ties were never so apparent as with Kelpie.”
„Virtuosic and compelling.“
Just like the water-spirit they get their name from, which appears at lakesides in the form of a beautiful white horse, Kerstin Blodig and Ian Melrose cast a magical spell over their audience, leading them into other-worldly realms – a dream journey you don’t want to wake up from …”
Kieler Nachrichten (D)
“Here we had two professionals playing the audience into a state of ecstasy - sweet heavy melancholy from delicate ballads and pulsating dynamics from powerful songs … The duo Kelpie had the audience screaming for more.”
Landeszeitung Bückeburg (D)
“ … the performances really shine”
Canadian Guitar Festival, Del Vezeau (Can)
“A superb mixture of music, humour and exquisite stories …”