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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc Oct. 8-9

The incredibly talented trio of musicians, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, come to Seattle for the first time, in a weekend of concerts, workshops, and dancing! Mark your calendar if you haven't already!

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.

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.

The first concert is Saturday, October 8 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Doors open at 7PM and the concert starts at 7:30P. Tickets are $16 ($2 discount for members, students and seniors), $8 for youth. Tickets at the door, if available, $2 more. Tickets:

Sunday, Oct 9 Workshops with The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.
Co-sponsored by Skandia and the Seattle Folklore Society.
All workshops held at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood WA.
Sessions are open to musicians from all genres who have experience learning by ear.
We recommend that participants bring a recording device.

Doors open 9:30, registration at the door

10A-11:30 Session 1a: Olav Luksengård Mjelva
10A-11:30 Session 1b: Kevin Henderson

11:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Session 2a: Kevin Henderson
12:30-2:00 Session 2b: Anders Hall

2:15 - 3:45 Session 3a: Anders Hall
2:15 - 3:45 Session 3b: Olav Luksengård Mjelva

Single Class for Skandia or SFS member: $30
Single Class for non-members: $35
Single Class for kids 18 and under: $25
Full Day for Skandia or SFS member: $50
Full day for nonmembers: $60
Full day for kids 18 and under: $40

Want more? The second concert, which is followed by dancing, is at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, on Sunday evening October 9. The show starts at 7PM. Details and ticket information are available at

Tickets for both concerts are discounted for Skandia members. The band will have merchandise for sale at both concert events.

The October 9 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!

Skandia Ball Flyer....

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

It’s coming—Skandia’s 25th Springdans Northwest!

April 14–17, 2017, 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 will appear in your November newsletter. For more details about our visitors, email me at

—Judy Patterson
(for The Springdans Committee)