Magnus Wiik – guitar, banjo, dobro, vocals
Laura Ellestad – hardanger fiddle, vocals
«A lovely and personal musical round-trip based around nine Norwegian, four American, two Irish and one French-Canadian tune» - Tor Hammerø, TordeJazz on the debut album On The Water
«At its best the duo sounds refreshingly good, and manages to give a new dimension to the melodies» – Bjørn Aksdal - Bladet Folkemusikk, review of On the Water
«A transboundary release» - Bjørn Karsrud, Avisa Valdres on the debut album On The Water
«The musicians balance the different styles and traditions well, and demonstrate possibilities for different kinds of interplay leading the way forward» LIRA loves On the Water - Gunder Wåhlberg – LIRA
Ellestad Wiik Duo is living proof that folk music knows no boundaries. Laura Ellestad was so fascinated by Norwegian folk music that she packed her bags in 2008 and moved from Calgary to Valdres to study Hardanger fiddle. Magnus Wiik fell in love with both Irish and American folk music in the mid-2000s, and has taken over a dozen trips abroad to study these traditions. It took a Canadian to get him to open his ears to the music of his home country, but now he’s listening!