October 26 ~ 28, 2018
October 27 ~ 29, 2017: This wonderful weekend was filled to the brim with rich Swedish folk fiddling and dance workshops, fabulous food and fellowship, and dancing into the evening.
Our guest staff:
Immigrating from Rättvik Sweden in 1924, Edwin Johnson (born Ivares Edvin Jonsson) kept and shared his love of traditional Swedish folk fiddling throughout his life. Edwin passed it on to his son Bruce, his grandson Paul Dahlin and Paul’s son Daniel, and these three now play as Ivares Pojkarna – the Ivares boys. Their repertoire is primarily tunes from the Lake Siljan/Rättvik area but also includes many fine tunes made by Daniel. The three have a unique sound, with melody and harmony provided by Paul and Daniel, with Bruce’s old-style chording, learned from Edwin, bringing it all together.Mary Londborg and members of the ASI spelmanslag rounded out the fiddle teaching staff for our weekend.
Roo Lester & Larry Harding are well known for their fun and sensitive teaching style, making them a favorite with novice and experienced dancers alike. They offer a popular dance basics workshop on Friday afternoon. Roo & Larry are always interested in your dance experiences, and do everything they can to help you feel successful and good about your dance progress throughout the weekend. Thank you for bringing us some wonderful dances from Sweden!
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 she plays for four dance groups and is a member of Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra. Char has traveled around the country and Scandinavia attending workshops and playing for dancing.
Becky Weis, an ethnomusicologist trained at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, has been a leader in teaching the nyckelharpa in the upper midwest. Becky is also an accomplished Hardanger fiddle performer, and teaches Hardanger fiddle at St. Olaf College. She is a scholar in Swedish and Norwegian fiddle traditions. Ms. Weis is sought after as a fiddler and nyckelharpa player by dance teachers at Scandinavian dance workshops. Becky is a member of the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag and taught intermediate and advanced nyckelharpa.Tom O’Brien (beginning nyckelharpa) has been playing since about 2000 and has been a member of Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag since then. He studied at the Erik Sahlström Institutet in Tobo, Uppland, Sweden, and has written several tunes for the nyckelharpa.