“I was born in Belfast and grew up in County Down, went travelling and spent time in France, Germany and Sweden, and by pure chance when passing through, got the opportunity to start work in Copenhagen,” says O’Hare. “37 years later, I’m still here.” In 1978, a weekend of Scottish, English and Irish folk music was arranged for the first time by local band Scrumpy at a small Copenhagen venue called Vognhjulet (‘the Wagon Wheel’). Word spread and expectations grew year on year, but ahead of its ten-year anniversary, the festival found itself facing a crossroads.

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