Fionia String Band is a meeting of two generations of folk musicians with a shared passion for traditional melodies. They deliver rustic and lively folk music from polkas and lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes, mainly from the Scandinavian repertoire as well as traditional music from Québec and Cape Breton. The band consists of two of Denmark’s top fiddlers, Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman, with Theis Juul Langlands, a teacher at Denmark’s only traditional music academy, on piano. They play with passion and intelligence and are obviously having a great time playing together. The music is easily accessible and offers a refreshingly modern interpretation of Danish traditional music.
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Snowflake Trio is a great example of two strong cultures coming together to find and appreciate the musical links between two areas in the world. Representing Norway and Ireland, the band comprises Nuala Kennedy on flute, vocals and whistle, Frode Haltli on Accordion, and Vegar Vårdal on Hardanger Fiddle. With members who are equally versed and highly regarded in classical music, jazz and of course traditional music, this trio is a unique combination of virtuosic musicians who play with a great sense of pure delight and joy.
Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin started playing together as teenagers around 1980. They met and jammed on nyckelharpa and guitar with Roger Tallroth at a festival in 1989. While Olov and Mikael were playing fairly straightforward folkmusic duets, Roger’s chordings and rhythms provided a different twist on Swedish traditional music. They recorded an album and took on the name Väsen—a Swedish word with many meanings, “essence” among the most prominent. It was originally meant to just be an album title, but soon people were calling to book the band Väsen and the name stuck. The band’s popularity gradually grew, along with their international reputation. They have now released 15 albums and continue to tour regularly.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is an exciting new trio featuring 3 top young fiddlers from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Anders Hall, Olav Luksegård Mjelva and Kevin Henderson have combined their three distinctive styles to create a new diverse sound.
Peter is a tremendous fiddler from Denmark, calling the island of Fanoe home. A highly regarded traditional player with almost 40 years of experience, he has played and instructed many notable musicians, including Artist in Residence, Harald Haugaard! Along with his musical wife and daughter, he has played for many traditional folk dances over the years. Performing at the festival with Peter is the noted accordionist, Ole Mouritzen. Together, they will be a welcome addition to the festival!