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Northwest Spelmänsstämma

The 2015 Northwest Spelmänsstämma is here! The annual gathering will take place on Saturday, August 29, at the home of Jim and Margaret Noyes in Clearview. This year, we feature all Northwest musicians and dance teachers, and the Stämma has a Norwegian focus.

This year’s Stämma offers workshops for all instruments, with one session focused on nyckelharpa, taught by Anna Abraham, and one featuring drinking songs! Peter Michaelsen will teach Springleik, and Bill Boyd brings us tunes that are earworms, plus workshops on waltz and slängpolska. Want to dance? Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson will be teaching Springleik fra Vågå. This gliding, graceful springleik is from Gubrundsdal, Norway. It is very approachable, so come and try! See the full class schedule below.

Workshops kick off at 1 p.m. and continue until 5:15. A potluck supper follows. Please plan to bring a dish to share that will serve 10–12 people. Open dancing with live music will begin around 7 p.m.

If you are willing to volunteer with a short and simple task, such as setting up snacks for a break, please contact Emma Anderson 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.

—Martha Levenson


Springleik: Peter Michaelsen
Drinking Songs: Don Meyer and Kathi Ploeger
Coffee Break
Norsk Earworm Tunes: Bill Boyd
Slängpolska: Emma Anderson
Dance: Springleik fra Vågå, Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson, with music by Peter Michaelsen
Coffee Break
Waltzes: Martha Levenson
Nyckelharpa: Anna Abraham
Dance: Springleik fra Vågå: teachers, Jerry Walsh and Judy Patterson; fiddler, Peter Michaelsen
Potluck supper, followed by open dancing at 7 p.m.