Spring Norwegian Weekend

March 31 ~ April 2, 2017



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Featuring Norwegian guests Sigrunn Bæra Svenkerud and Geir Helge Espeset (dance) from Hallingdal; Hardanger fiddler Arne Anderdal from Voss; Vidar Skrede from Haugesund on regular (flat) fiddle; and with American Hardanger fiddler Karin Code.

Our Norwegian guests will share with us techniques in traditional Hallingspringar.  Sigrunn, Geir Helge and Arne were born in Hallingdal where traditional music and dance are a natural part of their social fabric. They learned from the “old masters,” absorbing the feeling and understanding of the dance and music as they practiced the steps and the notes. It is truly in their bones!  A three-time Landskappleiken winner, Sigrunn taught school for 20 years and now runs a bed and breakfast in Nesbyen (www.hagaled.no) at her old family farm. Geir Helge also has danced in many Landskappleiken. Today he lives on a farm in Valdres with goats, moose-hunting, a small butchery, a farm shop and a little cabinet shop.  Arne lives in Voss in western Norway where he is an archivist and music instructor at the Ole Bull Academy. An A-class Hardanger fiddler, he plays with the the Voss Spelemannslag.  http://www.anderdal.no

Vidar Skrede is a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, Hardanger fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. A 2016 transplant to Chicago from Haugesund, Norway, Vidar has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (Southwest Norway), and has a masters degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He is well known for his performing and recording with many folk bands.


Named as one of America’s “foremost Norwegian Harding fiddlers” in Spelemannsbladet, Norway’s premiere folk music journal, Karin Code has studied extensively in Norway and instructs and plays nationally.   http://homepages.wmich.edu/~code/karin/klc_bio.html.


Come for workshops in both music and dance, and fill your mind and spirit with the sounds of traditional Norwegian music! Full and part-time options.  You are invited to attend Aslak Lie Cabin building workshops:  Saturday 9:30 – 11 am and/or Sunday 11:15 am – 12:15 noon.

SCHOLARSHIP AID: Four dishwashing/laundry scholarships are available on a first-come basis. Please contact staff@folklorevillage.org ASAP for details. (Full-time tuition only $65!)

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Spring Norwegian Weekend is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.