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The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc Returns to Seattle

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, the hot trio of gents from Norway, Shetland, and Sweden, return to Seattle for workshops and a house concert on Sunday, April 2. Mark your calendar, and plan to attend!

This powerhouse trio has been touring all over Europe and the United States, getting rave reviews everywhere they appear. Fiddlers Olav Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (Shetland) play tight, driving, layered music, managing to make three fiddles sound like six or seven. Their music is both gutsy and sweet, with moments that drive forward and others that quietly sing. It’s a show not to be missed, especially in an intimate setting.

Workshops with Olav Mjelva and Anders Hall will be held on Sunday, April 2, in the afternoon, hosted at Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami’s home. Teaching will begin at 2 p.m., with workshops planned to finish at 5:30 p.m. All instrumentalists are welcome. Suggested donation for the afternoon is $30 for Skandia members, and $40 for nonmembers. Participants may wish to bring a recording device.

The evening house concert will begin at 7:30; doors open at 7 p.m. The concert, held in a private home in Ballard, is by reservation only. Tickets are limited, and it is expected that the show will sell out. Tickets are $20 per person; when you reserve, you will be given the address where the concert is being held. You may want to bring extra cash with you to the show, as the band will have CDs and other merchandise for sale, and there will be refreshments available by donation.

Ready to reserve, or have questions? Email music@skandia- When reserving tickets, be sure to tell us whose name the tickets should be listed under, how many you would like, and how we may contact you in case of questions.

—Martha Levenson


It’s coming—Skandia’s 25th Springdans Northwest!
April 14-17, 2017

2017 Springdans Application Form

Springdans Northwest will revisit Jämtland, the focus of our very first camp. The province is rich in dance traditions, from graceful and lilting to the kick-up-your-heels dances of Föllinge.

Teaching will be two Swedish dance experts and four fine Jämtland musicians. Each musician is hugely talented, and together, they are a force. Three are riksspelman, or “fiddlers of the realm,” who earned their national titles for their fine playing.

Join us for great dance music, played not only on fiddles, but also on accordion and bass. For now, save the dates.

Applications are linked above. For more details about our visitors, email me at

—Judy Patterson
(for The Springdans Committee)


25th Springdans Northwest a popular event.

Registrations for this anniversary weekend came flying in the mail. As submissions go to the Skandia editor, Springdans Northwest has a waiting list for women, men, and couples. There may still be room for musicians. If you are an interested musician, or would like to be on the dancers’ waiting list, contact Kathi Ploeger at

—Kathi Ploeger

Bart Brashers powers nyckelharpa program at Springdans

One of the foremost nyckelharpists in the U.S. (and founder of the American Nyckelharpa Association), Bart Brashers has agreed to lead the nyckelharpa group at Springdans this year. Bart has assisted with Springdans for much of its history, sometimes as music director and often as nyckelharpist extraordinaire. He says he plans “the usual afternoon sessions,” including new tunes, tips, and techniques, and tuning and adjustment for the instruments. Springdans is nearly full, but there is still room for an extra musician or two, so quick tempo, now!

—Peter Michaelsen