Join us in Duluth on June 7th & 8th for Duluth-stämman 2024, a wonderful weekend of music, dance, learning, and community. A tradition that originated in Sweden, a stämma gathers musicians and dancers together to celebrate their tradition! This is an all-inclusive event that is designed to be family friendly and widely open to the public!


  1. This year's festival will be held at UMD and Chester Bowl.
  2. Friday Night Concert tickets limited to 325 (due to venue restrictions).
  3. Alcohol will not be available for sale.
  4. Workshops will be conducted on June 7th & 8th (Friday Afternoon and Saturday   morning). See the ticket section for details regarding workshop and to enroll.
  5. There will be food trucks on site during the Saturday events at Chester Bowl, and you can bring your own food into the festival.
  6. We are excited to offer free Saturday admission to all youth that bring an   instrument (17 and under). 
  7. The Rain Contingency Site on Saturday will be UMD. Pray to the weather gods.
  8. All performers receive an all-access weekend pass. Workshops not included. 9. Parking at Chester Bowl is somewhat limited. A bus line 
    * Programming details, performers, and schedule subject to change! *


3:00 - 5:00 PMWorkshops

Enroll in a variety of one hour long dance and music workshops led by this year's talented pool of wonderful teachers! Workshops from 3-4 PM and 4-5 PM. See ticket section for details.

6:30 - 8:30 PMFriday Night Concert

Join us at UMD's beautiful Weber Hall for a wonderful sampling of music from this year's blend of ensembles and soloists.

9:00 - 11:30 PMWelcome Dance

Shake off that rust and get to some dancin'!

9:00 Lauluaika
9:30 Paul Dahlin & Friends
10:00 OOOO
10:30 TC Nyckelharpalag
11:00 McNordiques

Tweeners: Kvinnekraft


9:00 - 10:00 AMDance Workshop

Get your stämma vibes flowing in style with Elise Peters! $30 Workshop Fee for this class. See Ticket Section for details!

10:00 AMGate Opens

for General Admission Tickets & Child Day All Access Pass Tickets


Concluding with a Land Acknowledgement, Mayoral Proclamation, and Welcome!

11:00 AM - 4:30 PMAllspel Stage

11:00 Lauluaika
11:30 Stoneybrook Orchestra
12:00 Sara Pajunen
12:30 ASI Spelmanslag
1:00 The Sutter Brothers
1:30 TC Hardingfelelag
2:00 Foot-Notes
2:30 Nyckelharpalag
3:00 Nordensong
3:30 Skalklubben Spelmanslag
4:00 Tjärnblom
4:30 Allspel

11:00 - 4:00 PMSkibakke Stage

11:00 Ameriikan Poijat
11:45 Kip Peltoniemi
12:30 Kanteleen Soittajat
1:15 McNordiques
2:00 Ponyfolk
2:45 Kvinnekraft
3:30 Zosha Warpeha

11:00 - 4:00 PMBäck Stage

11:00 Kyle & Cooper Orla
12:00 Beth Rotto & Ann Streufert
1:00 John Agacki
2:00 Paul Dahlin & Friends
3:00 Art & Ross
4:00 Twinflower

11:00 - 4: 30 PMUngdomsstämman

Youth Workshops

11:00 Song and Dance Games with Ross Sutter
12:00 Folk Dancing with KvinneKraft
1:00 Interactive Folktales with Rose Arrowsmith
2:00 Youth Tune Workshop with Ingela Haaland*
3:00 Youth Tune Workshop with Renee Vaughan*
4:00 Youth Pre-Allspel Jam*

*Instrument Required

11:30 - 4:30 PMYouth Arts & Culture Tent

11:30 Activity Tent Opens (Coloring, Friendship Bracelets, and More!)
1:30 Make a Paper Heart Basket with Mary Klockeman
2:30 Paint a Dala Horse Ornament with Carrie Danielson
4:30 Activity Tent Closes


Final "all play" gathering of the day at Chester Bowl. The day isn't over though! They're is still a lot of dancing to do at UMD later in the evening.

CLOSING DANCE at UMD (Saturday Night 6/8)

7:30 - 11:00 PMCelebration Dance

We'll dance, and keep the music alive... so the good vibes will take us to 2025! This dance will also be held on stage at Weber Hall.

7:30 Skal Klubben or OOOO
8:00 ASI Spelmanslag
8:30 Button Boxers
9:00 TC Hardingfelelag
9:30 Nordensong
10:00 Lauluaika
10:30 Foot-Notes

Musical Performers

Nordensong with special guest Andrea Hoag Ensemble

Drawing on the history of Scandinavian, Celtic, and American folk music, Nordensong’s rich musical world breathes new life into these ancient traditions. Composer/guitarist Karl Lundeberg has written two albums worth of music featuring his own 12-string guitar, as well as GRAMMY-nominated Loretta Kelley on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and Laura Hummel on Swedish nyckelharpa, resulting in Nordensong’s bold, exciting sound that is a completely new re-imagination of musical eras and genres. They will be joined by award-winning master fiddler Andrea Hoag, whose music is “deeply rooted in the Swedish soul” (Falukuriren). More about Andrea at

Zosha Warpeha Soloist

Zosha Warpeha is a composer-performer working in a meditative space at the intersection of contemporary improvisation and folk traditions. Using bowed stringed instruments alongside her own voice, her long-form compositions explore transformations of time and tonality. She performs primarily on Hardanger d’amore, a sympathetic-stringed instrument closely related to the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, as well as five-string violin. Her current acoustic and electro-acoustic work is informed by the cyclical forms, rhythmic elasticity, and the physical momentum of Nordic folk music.

Sara Pajunen Soloist

Sara Pajunen is a composer-improviser and an audiovisual artist based in what is now called Minnesota (USA). Trained as a violinist and employing locally-responsive media ranging from field recordings to drone imagery, her work is motivated by interactions between her ancestral roots, American cultural histories, and connection to our environments through sound.

Pajunen has released six albums using folk and traditional music as the basis for singular collaborations. Her interests also lie in blurring human perceptions and cultivating presence through listening, using sound to shift our relationships to our surroundings and accepted histories. Longterm project Mine Songs: Sounding an Altered Landscape employs acoustic violin and hardanger d’amore, environmental recordings, image, historic material and processed sound to create a variegated depiction of Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range, her childhood and ancestral home.

Pajunen has performed extensively in North America and Europe and her work has received funding from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Kone Foundation, New Music USA, American Scandinavian Foundation, and the Arts Council of Finland, amongst others. She holds classical music degrees in both the United States and Finland and a Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory.

Paul Dahlin & Friends Ensemble

Paul Dahlin is a Swedish-American fiddler from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was heir to a rich tradition of music from the Swedish province of Dalarna. His maternal grandfather is Ivares Edvin Jonsson. His uncle is Bruce Johnson.

By the time he was 17, Paul was performing regularly with his elders at Swedish American events. As he mastered the idiom, he moved into the lead role while playing with his grandfather, who had Americanized his name to Edwin Johnson, and Uncle Bruce. The three fiddlers called their group the American Swedish Spelmans ("folk instrumentalist") Trio.

Dahlin began teaching Swedish instrumental music at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. In 1985 he developed his class into the ASI Spelmanslag ("fiddlers' team"). When the group performed in 1989 at Sweden's largest folk music festival, Musick vid Siljan, Dahlin was hailed by his Swedish colleagues as an important keeper of a deep musical tradition that includes wedding tunes and dance melodies that are more direct and less ornamented than some strains of contemporary Swedish fiddling. His original composition "Danielpojkens Polska" was selected from 40 entries as the most outstanding composition in its genre at Sweden's Dalarnas Hemygdsrings competition. The tune is in the traditional polska form. Not to be confused with the polka, it is the "oldest dance rhythm in Sweden" and is considered by some scholars as a predecessor of the triple-meter waltz.

Skål Klubben Spelmanslag Ensemble

Skål Klubben Spelmanslag is a traditional Scandinavian folk orkestra, founded in 1990, that plays "gammaldans" music of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark on fiddles, accordion, guitar, pump organ, and double bass. The orkestra is comprised of 14 traditional folk musicians from central Minnesota.

Skål Klubben Spelmanslag was featured in the national broadcast of River of Song, Music on the Mississippi, on PBS television. They have traveled twice to Scandinavia to take part in music festivals and learn new tunes, and have hosted many Scandinavian groups on tour in America.

The orkestra has three recordings to their credit and have performed annually at many festivals around the midwest. They have been regulars at the Minnesota State Fair, Nisswa-stämman in Nisswa, MN, and Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA.

McNordiques Ensemble

An accordion, Irish pipes and a nyckelharpa walk in to a bar... and the music was really good... no joke!

The McNordiques blend Celtic, French and Scandinavian music in a way that shines through to make your toes wiggle with joy. The McNordiques are Tom Klein (uilleann pipes), Dan Newton (accordion), and Renee Vaughan (nyckelharpa). Together, it's a unique sound... one you are not likely to hear anywhere else!

Ponyfolk Ensemble

Ponyfolk was formed in 2014 by Clifton Nesseth (vocals, strings, guitar, keys, synthesizers) and Paul Sauey (vocals, strings, guitar, bass). Based out of Duluth and Minneapolis, MN, the pair’s multi-instrumentalist abilities and vocal harmonies have carved them out a reputation of creating maximalist soundscapes that are defined by droning layers of guitars, strings, and a synth bass. They're Nordic roots are ever present in harmony and modality.

Pony’s music has been described as “the dark side of Simon & Garfunkel” and “early Pink Floyd mixed with the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.” That said, they'll be "keeping it trad" at the stämma, and they'll be joined by their new band members, Alex Jakob Nelson (pump organ), Mikey Marget (cello), and Lewis Franti (percussion).

Tjärnblom Ensemble

Traveling on a modern “Snoose Boulevard Highway,” Tjärnblom’s repertoire consists of Swedish, Finnish, and Minnesota tunes, old and new, both for dancing and listening. The band took its name in honor of a band member’s Swedish grandfather; translated from Swedish, Tjärnblom means “woodland lake flower”. Tjärnblom’s instrumentation features Swedish nyckelharpa (a folk instrument with 4 playing strings, 37 keys and 12 resonating strings, played with a short bow), mandolin/guitar, cello, and harmonium (a portable type of pump organ). Tjärnblom’s arrangements draw on traditional styles -- countermelodies, harmony and rhythm -- sometimes going in nontraditional directions. On occasion, näverlur (a birchbark natural horn) and Udu add unique sound color. Tjärnblom has recorded three CDs, “Nicollet Island Waltz”(2015), “Starry-Eyed” (2017) and "Woods" (2023). As a group, Tjärnblom has studied with Swedish musicians, Leif Alpsjö, Maria and Anders Larsson, and Finnish musician, Arto Järvelä.

Kip Peltoniemi Soloist

Kip Peltoniemi began performing in 1965 when he sang the “House of the Rising Sun” on the "The Empty Stocking Fund" Christmas radio show radio in Wadena, Minnesota. This unusual selection was made because it was the only song he knew and he wanted to be on the radio. Nonetheless, it set the tone for the rest of his genre-bending musical career. In the 1970s, he began playing Finnish and Zydeco music on the two-row button accordion. Later, in the 1990s, two famous Finnish musicians, Arto Järvelä and Kimmo Pohjonen, recorded several of Kip’s intrumentals and songs, including “The Two-Row Concerto” and “Hennepin Avenue Waltz.” This led to trips to Finland, where he guest-taught and recorded at Sibelius Academy in the Folk Music Department. In 2002, the Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest newspaper, named his recording, “Minnesota Tango,” the folk album of the year. In 2020, Kip switched from the two-row diatonic button accordion to the more versatile five-row chromatic button accordion. He continues to play Finnish and Scandinavian music, but usually pelimanni fiddle music, not accordion tunes.

Ameriikan Poijat Finnish Brass Band

Ameriikan Poijat (Boys of America), Finnish American Brass Septet, was founded in 1990. They’ve played performances in some rather unusual settings, such as in an ice arena, in fishing boats on the Finnish Perhojoki river, on a raft in an abandoned mine, at Finnish border defense installations, at a McDonnell-Douglas military aircraft plant, in a Wisconsin cow pasture, on a Florida beach, at an instrument museum, in a barn, and in a one room schoolhouse. This seven-piece group is very mobile, and the Finnish brass music we celebrate seems to have drawn us off the beaten path. Made up of Midwestern musicians, some of Finnish descent, we have been sharing the charm of the old Finnish brass band music and have also performed the newer compositions for septet that have proliferated recently. They have traveled all over the United States and to Finnish communities in Canada. 2017 (Finnish Centennial) was their sixth tour of Finland.

They have released six CDs and have published their sheet music for other bands to play.

The Sutter Brothers Duo

Ross Sutter is best known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. He accompanies

himself on guitar, dulcimer, button accordion, and bodhran. He has performed at countless venues throughout the region and beyond, from concert halls to libraries and

schools, from senior centers to international festivals. For some years now, Ross has served as the MC and leader of dancers around the majstång at Swedish midsommar

celebrations, including New York City’s in Battery Park.

Bart Sutter is the author of ten books, and the only writer to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories. He has read his poems in venues that range from Pittsburgh’s International Poetry Forum to The World of Accordions Museum, from the American Swedish Institute to Braham Pie Day. Bart has had four verse plays produced,

including Cow Calls in Dalarna, the premiere of which was sponsored by the Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth.

When Ross and Bart perform as a pair, their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy intimacy unique to sibling acts.

ASI Spelmanslag Ensemble

The ASI Spelmanslag is the fiddling group of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We play the traditional folk music of Sweden, primarily from the region of Dalarna. Their repertoire includes traditional dance tunes such as waltzes, schottisches, and polskas.

Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag Ensemble

The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (Key Fiddle Group) was formed in 1998 to practice and perform Swedish folk music. Their repertoire is drawn mostly from folk tunes in Uppland, Sweden, where the nyckelharpa tradition has its roots. Whether leading a procession, playing for dancing, performing in concert or providing focus for special events, the TC Nyckelharpalag enthusiastically carries on Swedish traditions through music. In performance members of the group wear folk-dräkt, folk costumes modeled after clothing worn on special occasions in the 19th century. The group is based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota and affiliated with The American Swedish Institute.

Twin Cities Hardingfelelag Ensemble

The Twin Cities Hardingfelelag is a group of five to seven players of the Hardanger fiddle, the national folk instrument of Norway. We provide dance music at Scandinavian dances and events in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and greater Minnesota such as: The Nordic Ball, The Scandinavian Ball, Syttende Mai Festival, Norway Day, Nisswa-Stämman, Scandinavian Folk Music Festival, Minneapolis Arts Festival, the American Swedish Institute’s events, and the Festival of Nations.

Kvinnekraft Ensemble

Kari Tauring, Carol Sersland, and Mary Klockeman have been singing traditional Norwegian folk music individually for many years. Drawn together in 2013 by the desire to share vocal dance tunes with harmonies, descants, and other vocal ornamentation. From cow horns to the luring calls of fairy women to the trance inducing dance tunes, KvinneKraft summons up the most magical of Norwegian folk music. They weave music and stories together that wake up ancestor memories and entice everyone into a circle dance!

Emerging from the pandemic shutdown, the three found strength and power in singing together again. The three began exploring singing for dancing together in 2013 along with Janet Hill and Arna Rennan and performed as Nordivas until just before the pandemic of 2020. KvinneKraft means WomanPower - sustaining and uplifting power that comes from singing songs of the powerful women within their shared Norwegian heritage and deep Nordic roots.

In their repertoire are ancient ballad dances, leikarring or circle song dances, turdans or set dances, bygdedans or paired dances, and gammeldans (waltz, schottische, and polka).

They sing and embody runes as old as 169 CE and family heirloom kulokk, an oral tradition equally as ancient. Norwegian women’s working songs for churning and wool work find roots in chanted Edda poetry. You will hear nature instruments designed to attract or repel both animals and the magical folk of water, forests, and mountains. KvinneKraft takes us on a time traveling adventure of Norwegian culture.

Stoney Brook Fiddlers Ensemble

Back by popular demand, Arnie Arneson leads this crowd-favorite youth group through a musical journey of traditions. Part chamber-orchestra, part dance band, part comedy troupe, you'll find yourself mesmerized by these talented youth.

For many years, Arnie has been a huge inspiration for countless students, and his work to keep traditional and orchestral music accessible in and around the Brainerd area has been deeply inspiring. Don't miss this group when they perform at the festival!

Lauluaika Ensemble

Lauluaika, Finnish for "Song Time", is a group of musicians who share a passion for singing and playing Finnish folk tunes for audiences who enjoy listening or dancing. Their repertoire includes Finnish couples dances such as waltzes, polkas, humppa, jenkka, mazurkka, and hambo, as well as lively group dances for all ages to enjoy. ​

Lauluaika musicians play a variety of instruments including mandolin, two row button accordion, violin, guitar, bass, octave mandolin, harmonium, jouhikko, kantele, nyckelharpa, and percussive instruments such as tambourine, and pimpparauta.

Twinflower Duo

Twinflower is the wooden flute duo featuring Amy Shaw and Laura MacKenzie, accompanied by Chris Bashor, guitar.. Named for a wildflower that is native to both North America and Sweden, Twinflower performs traditional music from Scandinavia on two wooden flutes. The duo’s special focus is the vibrant flute tradition that existed in parts of Sweden during the 19th and early 20th centuries. When people think of folk music, the fiddle often comes to mind; however, the wooden flute was another popular instrument in the Nordic countries. In the southern provinces of Sweden, many flute players in rural places had rich repertoires of polskas, waltzes, and other dance tunes. Many of these beautiful old flute tunes have been preserved, and a new generation of flute players is literally breathing new life into them. Thanks to a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Amy and Laura were able to study with some of these tradition bearers in Sweden (specifically, Andreas Ralsgård and Markus Tullberg). Having returned home to St. Paul, Minnesota, they are excited to share this music with audiences in the Upper Midwest.

Foot-Notes Ensemble

Foot-Notes hails from Decorah, Iowa. The band has made a name for itself as a bearer of Norwegian-American old time dance music, bringing back tunes from the house party and barn dance era of the Upper Midwest.

Foot-Notes has played for hundreds of community events and dances, including those in a historic two-room schoolhouse in Highlandville, Iowa, a regular event that began in the mid-1970s with Minnesota fiddler Bill Sherburne.

Beth Hoven Rotto has led Foot-Notes since the group was established in 1991. Guitarist, Jon Rotto is also a founding member. Erik Sessions picked up the mandolin to keep the Foot-Notes sound created by Jim Skurdall and John Goodin. Nina Sessions is one of the next generation of musicians, carrying the bass line after Bill Musser.

Everyone is invited to attend a Foot-Notes dance celebrating the opening of the exhibition Hand Me Down the Fiddle- Norwegian Fiddlers, Fiddles and Fiddle Tunes in the Upper Midwest at Vesterheim Museum in Decorah on Friday, Sept. 13, 2024.

Ole Olsson's Oldtime Orkestra

Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra (usually referred to as O.O.O.O.) is a fun loving group of musicians who first met at the Good Templar Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota playing for Scandinavian dances in times gone by. Nowadays, they still play some pretty darn good Scandinavian music for oldtime dancing and/or just plain enjoying. They play fiddles, accordions, pump organ and guitar, and sing some funny Scandinavian vaudeville songs that may occasionally make Lutheran ladies smile. They play for festivals and lutefisk feeds all around Minnesota and even make it out of the state once in awhile in their old yalopy to perform in far flung places. They have traveled from New York City to Thousand Oaks, California; from Minot, N.D. to Swedesburg, Ia., all in their quest to spread the joy of Scandinavian folk music and perhaps find the perfectly formed piece of lefse.

Kanteleen Soittajat Ensemble

Many Kantele (the beautiful and mysterious dulcimer-like instrument from Finland).

Beth Rotto & Ann Streufert Ensemble

Ann Streufert and Beth Hoven Rotto have been arranging and playing their favorite Scandinavian tunes on twin fiddles for over 30 years. They feel that making music with each other is truly “playing.” They have performed at Nisswa-Stamman many times and have worked on numerous music projects together. Since 2008, they have led the Burning Bright Fiddlers, an ensemble of all ages who offer a medley of Scandinavian tunes at an annual holiday benefit concert.

John Agacki Soloist

People in the Duluth area will recognize the name John Agacki, the smooth-voiced troubadour who brings sea chanties and Celtic ballads, as well as original music to Duluth area venues

and music festivals. In fact, his original music won first prize in a Garrison Keillor talent contest that led to his music being used for Keillor’s Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day events. He’s

currently under contract writing music for TV and film.

His Finnish heritage led him to become the founding editor of the Työmies’ Finnish American Reporter. He’s been a regular at the Julebyen Scandinavian Christmas Festival in Knife River. John will be performing some Finnish songs and Scandinavian-inspired instrumentals accompanied by his 12-string guitar and button box accordion.

What is Ungdomsstämma?

Ungdomsstämma, or “youth stämma” is a free outreach event new to Duluth-Stämma this year. It is aimed at all youth ages 7-18 who play a non-amplified (non-electric) instrument and who are interested in learning more about Scandinavian folk music. Workshop leaders Ingela Haaland and Renee Vaughan will teach familiar tunes by ear during two afternoon workshops sessions. Youth who participate in the tune workshops at 2:00 and 3:00 pm will have the opportunity to perform onstage during the Allspel at 4:00. There will also be opportunities for other youth activities and jam sessions throughout the festival. No prior experience with Scandinavian folk music is necessary to participate in Ungdomstämma. For additional information, please contact Carrie Danielson at [email protected].


Weekend - Adult

Enjoy access to the whole stämma on Friday and Saturday, including all performances and dances. Workshops not included. The cost of this pass on the day of the event increases to $45.


Friday - Adult

Enjoy access to the stämma on Friday only, including the Friday night performance and dance. Workshops not included. The cost of this pass on the day of the event increases to $15.


Saturday - Adult

Enjoy access to the stämma on Saturday only, including all performances at the Chester park. Workshops not included. The cost of this pass on the day of the event increases to $30.


Youth Participating in Saturday Workshops - Free!

By selecting this option, any youth with instruments (17 and under) who participate in the Saturday youth workshops receive free festival admission for the weekend.


Weekend - Youth

Non-participant youth (6-16) will enjoy access to the whole stämma on Friday and Saturday, including all performances, dances, and youth activities for $5! Kids who bring instruments on Saturday get in for FREE!


Kaustinen Tunes: All instruments, Intermediate

Instructor: Kip Peltoniemi
3 PM, Friday / Location TBD
The Kaustinen area in Finland has produced generations of pelimmanit (folk fiddlers, kantele players, pump organists, and accordionists). Several of the fiddlers, especially, were also prolific composers. This workshop will briefly discuss the most famous of these composers, and also introduce a Finnish 2/4 time polska by Otto Hotakainen, and, if time, a silia valssi by Viljami Niittykoski. The workshop is conducted by chromatic button accordionist Kip Peltoniemi, who has been a guest instructor at Sibelius Academy, Folk Music Department. All instruments are welcome.


Dance Workshop: Slängpolska

Instructor: Elise Peters
3 PM, Friday / Location TBD
In this workshop you will get to know and learn the basic structure of the smooth and elegant slängpolska . If you can walk, you can do this dance! During the session, Elise Peters will teach elements of the 3 components of the dance.


Swedish Fiddle Tune Harmony

Instructor: Mary Londborg
3 PM, Friday / Location TBD
Fiddle music has accompanied dancing for centuries in Scandinavia. Very early in the Swedish folk tradition, polskas were at the heart of Swedish fiddling and dancing, as well as walking tunes and tunes for different occasions. In the 1800s, Scandinavian fiddlers added waltz, polka, and schottis to their dance repertoire. Early in the 1900s, Swedish fiddlers developed a rich tradition of two fiddlers playing in harmony. Mary will teach a class on traditional harmony styles for Swedish fiddle tunes. The class will include techniques for making simple harmonies as well as more complex harmonies. Mary has been playing harmonies with the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag in Minneapolis since it was founded by Paul Dahlin in 1985.

At a later time, workshop registrants will be sent more information before attending this workshop. That will include recordings of 2-3 melodies for which I will teach harmonies. Please listen to the melodies often, sing/whistle them and of course, have them in your fingers on the violin. That way, we can work on learning harmonies right away!


Singing While Dancing

Instructor: Kvinnekraft "the singer-dancers three"
3 PM, Friday / Location TBD
Ancient runic shapes can be seen in the way the human body moves while walking, skiing, working, and dancing. The Norwegian words for movement in dancing and skiing are svikt (wave), tyngde (weight), and kraft (power). We will experience these runes and energies in the body, and see how they show up in traditional wool work, churning, and bobbin braiding. Experiencing these movements puts you in a timeless state. (Kari Tauring and Carol Sersland launched a series of Nordic Movement workshops with a FY2011 Legacy and Heritage Grant.)


Finnish Kantele

Instructor: Diane Jarvi
3 PM, Friday / Location TBD
Come learn how to play the Kantele! The kantele is a Baltic psaltery and is Finland’s national instrument. In this workshop we will learn to play the 5-string kantele. We will cover tuning, different fingering positions, chords and songs to sing. Instruments will be available to use at the workshop. Discover the unique and haunting sounds of this beautiful Finnish instrument!


Dance Workshop: Ringlender Shottis

Instructor: Carol Sersland
4 PM, Friday / Location TBD
Carol Sersland learned the joy of Norwegian folk dance in tradition from her immigrant father. At last year's Landskappleik (Norway's annual national music and dance competition), Carol participated to honor her father's legacy. Dancing Telespringar with her Norwegian cousin's grandson, her performance was recognized with a second-place award. As an instructor, Carol strives to bring that same joy to dancers, both experienced and novice. During this session, she'll focus on a schottis variation called “Ringlender” from the Røros area of Norway. The class will start with the basics to build confidence and comfort with the movements. Upon that foundation the swinging motions will be added, and the real fun of the dance begins. The workshop will feature music by master Hardanger fiddler Rachel Ulvin Jensen. (Perhaps a look-back from the Nisswa Stammän will get you inspired to join; take a peek at Carol and
Bruce Bostrom dancing at the 2014 Nisswa concert:


Fiddle: Springarlike Tunes

Instructor: Zosha Warpeha
4 PM, Friday / Location TBD
"Zosha will teach a class on springleik, a type of tune played on flatfele in Gudbrandsdalen and surrounding regions of Norway. Characterized by a short first beat and lyrical melodies, this is a great introduction to uneven 3/4 meters. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced fiddlers with some experience playing by ear; other instrumentalists are welcome!


Sounds of the Iron Age: Nature Instrument Seminar

Instructor: Kari Tauring
4 PM, Friday / Location TBD
Whether vocalizing, clapping along, or blowing on a blade of grass, humans make intentional noise. In Old Norse there was no word for “music” as we know it. What did the Norway’s Iron Age sound like, and how do we know this? Scholars believe that women’s herding songs and calls are an unbroken tradition in Norway since the Bronze Age. Kari Tauring has been in Denmark and Norway studying nature instruments: bone flute, willow flute, billy goat horn, cow horn, and birch bark lur along with herding songs. In 2023, she won a Viking Connection Apprenticeship to learn about sheep tibia, swan ulna and radius, and bored core elder berry overtone flutes, and in Norway she learned about pulled core willow (selje) overtone flutes. Hear the instruments, stories, and lore around the sounds of the Iron Age.


Tunes of 1st-Generation Swedish Immigrants

Instructor: Renee Vaughan
4 PM, Friday / Location TBD
This workshop features tunes that 1st-generation Swedish immigrant musicians brought with them to Minnesota in the late 1800s to early 1900s. These tunes continue to be popular and played at stämma in Sweden today. Renee Vaughan is currently the Musician-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nordic Folklife. In 2022, Renee was awarded an American Scandinavian Fellowship to study with master musician Cajsa Ekstav where she learned about many of these immigrants and their tunes.


Hardanger Fiddle (all levels)

Instructor: Loretta Kelley
4 PM, Friday / Location TBD
Loretta will be teaching an “all-levels” class in traditional Hardanger fiddle. If you have had any prior experience playing folk music on the violin you are welcome to join. Loretta will be exploring the intricacies of bowing, rhythm and tone production, using simpler tunes as examples. If you do not have a Hardanger fiddle but have a violin you are welcome to sit in; Loretta will have a couple of “violin capos” to enable violinists to play along without needing to retune their violins.


Dance: Hambo

Instructor: Elise Peters
9 AM, Saturday / Chester Bowl
Many people consider hambo to be the national dance of Sweden. In this workshop you will learn the repeating pattern, and as a bonus, the “turn” can be applied to many of the polska style dances. Elise Peters looks forward to teaching you this favorite!


Swedish Folk Singing

Instructor: Rose Arrowsmith 9 AM, Saturday / Chester Bowl Learn to “trall” a lively dance tune, or sing a lullaby that will put even a troll child to sleep. Rose Arrowsmith shares a sampling of her favorite folk songs, learned from teachers such as Maria Röjås, Anders Larsson, and Lise Enochsson. As time allows we’ll add ornamentation, rounds, and harmonies. Singers will learn by ear and don’t need to have any experience speaking Swedish. Music and pronunciation recordings will be available for reference after the workshop.


Fiddle: Beginning Scandinavian Fiddle

Instructor: Zosha Warpeha 9 AM, Saturday / Chester Bowl Zosha will lead a fiddle class for beginner and early intermediate fiddlers. She will teach a Norwegian reinlender, a fun and bouncy style of tune that is danced to throughout the Nordic countries (variants and alternate names include ringlender, regnlender, schottis, shottis). This workshop will be taught by ear and participants will be given sheet music for the tune at the conclusion of the workshop. To really get the rhythm into your body, consider attending Carol Sersland’s Ringlender Shottis workshop the day before!


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2023 T-Shirt: 1st Annual Edition

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