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NW Spelmänsstämma 2016

The 2016 Northwest Spelmansstämma is taking place on Saturday, September 10! This fantastic annual event is for musicians who want to learn Scandinavian tunes and styling, and for dancers who want to spend the evening dancing to great live music in one of the most beautiful spaces in the northwest—the home of Jim and Margaret Noyes, in Clearview.

This year we will feature all Northwest musicians, with a focus on dance tunes by local composers. There will be something for everybody: locally composed tunes for fiddle and nyckelharpa by David Lamb, Irene Myers, and Bart Brashers; traditional tunes and styling with Peter Michaelsen; and a session for musicians who want to go at a slower pace, with Leslie Foley.

While there won't be any dance workshops this year, there will certainly be an opportunity for a full evening for dancers, including a potluck dinner, a short concert featuring local composers, and a dance party with a wonderful variety of musicians throughout the evening.

We ask a donation of $10 for the evening concert and dance only.

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

—Leslie Foley


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

Skandia at Seattle Folklore Society’s
“50 Years of Folklore” festival

On Saturday, September 17, Skandia is pleased to help sponsor Seattle Folklore Society’s “50 Years of Folk” day- long celebration at Phinney Neighborhood Center. Skandia will hold a 2 p.m. music session, dance instruction at 3:15, and possibly a jam session. We will also host the jam tent in the parking lot. In addition, Skolkis will play at the evening concert, and Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag will run the instrument check.

Skandia is loaning SFS several canopies for outdoor space. We will be looking for volunteers to help put up and take down the canopies. We will have more details as the day approaches. See SFS’s website under “Late Breaking News” ( news/) for more information, or to volunteer. Come and help SFS celebrate!

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—Sal Gordon


Nordic Fiddlers Bloc Oct. 8

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, an amazing trio of fiddlers from Norway, Sweden, and the Shetlands, will give a concert and workshops co- sponsored by the Skandia Folkdance Society and the Seattle Folklore Society. The trio, featuring Olav

Mjelva (Norway), Kevin Henderson (Shetlands), and Anders Hall (Sweden), is known for clever arrangements, using the fiddles to create bass lines and riffs, and leaving the listener wondering how three fiddles can generate such amazing sound. Each of these fine fiddlers is known as a leader within their respective traditions.

The tour schedule includes a concert on Saturday, October 8, in the Phinney Community Hall. Tickets are available at Music workshops are scheduled for the following day, Sunday, October 9, at the Cedar Valley Grange. All three fiddlers will teach two sessions each during the day. Check Skandia’s website in the coming weeks for the full workshop schedule and fees.

Olav Mjelva is no stranger to the Northwest. He has performed and taught in the Seattle area several times. Olav began playing the fiddle as a child and branched out to play the hardingfele, which he uses in the trio, later. He is sought after as a performer, studio musician, teacher, and dance fiddler. A member of multiple groups, Olav has received the Spelemannsprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, for his debut solo album, and he was the Norwegian Folk Musician of the Year in 2013.

Kevin Henderson is regarded as one of Shetlands finest fiddle players. He began playing at the age of 9, and a year later was studying with the late, great Willie Hunter, perhaps Shetlands’ finest fiddler of our time. He is a founding member of the powerhouse Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid and is a member of the legendary Boys of Lough. Kevin has been active performing and teaching, most recently teaching at the renowned Haugaard International Fiddle School in Germany.

Anders Hall is from Hälsingland,Sweden. He is multi-instrumental, playing fiddle, viola, and hardanger fiddle. Not only is he well-versed in Swedish traditional music, but he also studied at the famed Ole Bull Academy in Voss, Norway. As a result, he is also well-versed in Norwegian traditions. He strives to fit together old traditions with innovative ideas and expression that have a unique way of engaging the listener.

Want more? The trio is also giving a concert followed by dancing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The concert and dance will take place in Christ Knutzen Hall, located on the main floor of the Anderson University Building, at 12180 Park Avenue South. There is parking in the University Center lot at the corner of Park Avenue South and 122nd St. South. Admission is $8 for the public and $5 for SCC members and may be purchased through the PLU concierge at (253) 535 7411 or at scancenter website.

Want to hear a sound sample? Check out The band will have its most recent album, “Deliverance,” available for sale at the show.

—Martha Levenson

The Skandia Ball is on its way!

Autumn is approaching, which means we have the Skandia Ball to look forward to! Save the date—Saturday, October 15th, at the Latvian Center, 11710 3rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 6–11 p.m.

We have fantastic bands playing for your dancing pleasure, as well as small sets that will tickle your fancy. Seattle is blessed with an abundance of talented musicians, and we, as always, have taken full advantage of that happy circumstance to plan an engaging program for Skandia’s annual gala dance event.

Remember that the Skandia Ball is very beginner-friendly, so go that extra step and invite some friends who have never danced. We will have a short teaching session before the dance, and there will be lots of mixers and other easy dances on the program. With great bands playing great music, even advanced dancers will have a great time.

The social hour is 6–7 p.m., during which we will also teach beginners some easy steps. The Call to Dance will be at 6:55 p.m., and the Grand March will start at 7 p.m. Then you will have a wonderful four hours of bliss, dancing to your favorite musicians. Put on your fancy clothes, bring some finger food for everyone to share, and don’t miss the fun!

—Bob Hamilton

Allspel tune list for the Skandia Ball

Hello musicians, one and all! I’m pleased to extend to you an invitation to play a rousing allspel set at the Skandia Ball. Check the tune list below, with cues for where to find each tune among our four allspel recordings. I’m guessing many or all of these are already in your fingers.

At 5 p.m., prior to the social hour at the Ball, we will run through the whole set. Plan to come for the whole rehearsal and you will get 1/2 off the price of admission, not to mention the good vibe of making a “joyful noise” together with favorite fiddlers, nyckelharpists, guitarists, bass players, accordionists, clarinetists, recorder players, ukelelists, tap dancers, etc. I’m really looking forward to having you join me.

Set list (Not necessarily in this order)

—Irene Myers