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NW Spelmänsstämma 2016

The 2016 Northwest Spelmänsstämma is right around the corner! The annual gathering will take place on Saturday, September 10, at the lovely home of Jim and Margaret Noyes in Clearview. This year, we feature all Northwest musicians, with a focus on tunes by local composers. In addition to teaching local tunes, there will be a wide range of music workshops, including one for musicians who would like to learn at a slower pace.

While there won’t be any dance workshops this year, we hope the dancing folk will join us in the evening for a potluck supper, followed by a short concert featuring local composers’ tunes and then the usual dance to live music.

We ask for a donation of $15 (nonmembers, $20) for the full day, and $10 for the dance/concert only.

Workshops start at 1 p.m. and continue until 5:15 p.m. A potluck supper follows at 5:30 p.m. Please plan to bring a dish to share that will serve 10–12 people. At 7 p.m., there will be a short concert featuring local composers followed by open dancing to live music at 7:45 p.m.

If you are willing to volunteer with a short and simple task, such as setting up snacks for a break, please contact Chris Dunkle at

Directions to the Noyes home:

Jim and Margaret’s place is located at 6618 196th St. SE in Clearview (Woodinville/Snohomish/Maltby area). Their phone number is (425) 482-9848.

From I-405 north: Get off on Highway 522 going east toward Woodinville/Monroe. Take the 3rd exit (Hwy. 9) going north. Pass Maltby Rd. and turn left on 188th SE. Next, go left on 67th and then right on 196th. It is the first driveway on the left.

Coming south on I-5: Get onto Hwy. 9 headed south. Pass Snohomish and Clearview. Turn right on 188th SE, then turn left on 67th, then turn right on 196th. It is the first driveway on the left.

—Chris Dunkle

Save the date!

October 8–9 is a weekend you won’t want to miss! Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, a fiddle trio consisting of Olav Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Isles) visits Seattle and Tacoma. Each fiddler is regarded as a leader in his tradition. The blend of dance music they perform focuses on their three home traditions, weaving together glorious harmony and rhythm to create an innovative sound. Included are a concert on Saturday evening (Seattle), music workshops all day Sunday (Seattle), and a concert/danceSunday evening (Tacoma). More details in upcoming newsletters!

—Martha Levenson