Fall Swedish Music & Dance Weekend

October 21-23, 2022

Välkommen till Fall Swedish Weekend Music & Dance Weekend 2022! This year marks 47 years since Edwin Johnson and his family first came to Folklore Village. We hope you’ll join us for this weekend of music, dance, food, and fellowship!

More information about the 2022 Fall Swedish Weekend, including registration information, will be available soon. 

Please note: this is a vaccination-required event. All participants must provide proof of vaccination as part of the registration process.

Artistic Staff 

Paul Dahlin and his late mother Nancy performing together in the 1970s.

Paul Dahlin
For decades, Paul has been sharing the folk music of Dalarna, Sweden brought to the U.S. by his grandfather Ivares Edwin Johnson, who emigrated to Minnesota in 1924. Paul learned to play fiddle from his grandfather when he was a young boy. Paul, his grandfather, and Uncle Bruce formed the group American Swedish Spelmans Trio and performed at the Snoose Boulevard Festival in Minneapolis, on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion, and even for the King of Sweden! Edwin Johnson died in 1984, but his musical legacy lives on in Paul who, together with his family, carries on the style of music Grandpa Edwin played as a young man–traditional dance polska, vals and gånglåt walking tunes. Paul was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 1996.

Through the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and at Folklore Village, Paul’s goal has been to make this rich traditional music available to all those interested, teaching the melodies and communicating the subtleties in the rhythms to keep the music as authentic as possible–even if it has a slight American accent. Each year Paul creates a team of musicians: the “Folklore Village Spelmanslag.” Paul will be joined by wife Marikay on the cittra (zither.)

Roo & Larry at Folklore Village

Roo Lester & Larry Harding

Roo Lester & Larry Harding are well known for their fun and sensitive teaching style, making them a favorite with novice and experienced dancers alike. Roo’s teaching is infused with a great love of dancing and a desire to help others to love it too. Today she is recognized as one of the foremost experts of Scandinavian dance in the United States. Roo is the type of teacher interested in your learning, and she does everything she can to make you proud of your dance progress as the weekend unfolds.

Becky Weis

Becky Weis has played and studied nyckelharpa on both sides of the Atlantic. She is known as a teacher and a player for dancers, and has fun teaching and making tunes danceable. Becky guides playing with technique tips, and likes the spirit of getting a good tune going.

Becky is also a scholar in the Swedish nyckelharpa tradition, the subject of her doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology. She serves on the board of directors of the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag, and teaches both nyckelharpa and hardingfele at St. Olaf’s College.

Earl & DoAnn Holzman

Earl and DoAnn Holzman have been involved in Scandinavian dancing and music for more than 40 years. DoAnn will be teaching the beginners nyckelharpa workshop. Earl has been building Nyckelharpas for over 10 years and is currently the only full-time nyckelharpa builder in North America. DoAnn helps with making bows. There will be a full selection of his nyckelharpas and bows available to try. Earl will be available for minor adjustments and repairs of any nyckelharpas. 

Char Bostrom

Char Bostrom, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been pursuing her love for and interest in Scandinavian dance fiddling for many years.  In the greater Twin Cities area pre-Covid she played for four dance groups and is a member of the Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra.  She has traveled around the country and Scandinavia attending workshops and playing for dancing. Char will play for Roo’s dance workshops.