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13 Aug

Norsk HøstfestNorth America’s largest Scandinavian heritage festival will take place in Minot, North Dakota from September 28th and until October 1st 2016.

Ten thousands of people travels every year to Minot to participate in this cornucopia of Scandinavian nostalgia, culture and proudness of family roots.

I the four large halls that provides the frames for this festival, visitors will find formidable vikings, troll kings, Scandinavian as well as local crafts, Swedish meat balls, Norwegian heerings and Danish ‘medisterpølse’ and ‘Æbleskiver’.

There will be stalls with Nordic knitting, costumes, Swedish clogs, Danish lego, cruises on sale, a young and slim Miss Norsk Høstfest, plus, of course, great American draws like Emmylou Harris, Chicago and Neil Sedaka.

Furthermore the audience can experience the cosy atmosphere while lots of musicians from The US and Scandinavia – including Gangspil – Lydom, Bugge & Høirup, and our friends Skålmusik from Minnesota, entertains several times a day with a good mood and music and dancing from the old homelands.  

I was at Norsk Høstfest with fiddler Harald Haugaard many years ago, and it’s going to be fun to return with Sonnich Lydom and Kristian Bugge.

On our way we might do a few gigs in Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota, but I’ll tell you more about that when I have news.

More info at: http://www.hostfest.com 


6 Aug

forsideOn September 3rd at Bartof Station, Solbjergvej 3, 2000 Frederiksberg. Just across the Frederiksberg Metro Station.

An evening with newly composed and traditional music and songs from Denmark, sweden and Norway, arranged for dance and concert!

Entré 100 kr./ 50 kr. for people who are studying.

Doors open at 8:00 pm



9 pm: Fru Skagerrak plays for 45 min.

9:45 pm: PAUSE

10:05 pm: Gangspil plays for 45 min.

10:pm: PAUSE

11:00 pm: Both bands play for dancing for about an hour


Maja Kjær Jacobsen (DK): Violin, hardangerfiddle and vocals, Anna Lindblad (S): Violin, vocals & Elise Wessel Hildrum (N): Violin, flutes and vocals



Sonnich Lydom (DK): Accordions, harmonicas, Kristian Bugge (DK): Violin & Morten Alfred Høirup (DK): Guitars og vocals



2 Aug

L, B & H“Hi friends! We’ve decided to use the name of our first CD: “GANGSPIL” (in English: Capstan) as the name for the trio. We think it fits our music well and smells nicely of sailors and sea spray from the waters around Denmark.”

This is how we write at our Facebook-page, and we continue:

“We’re planning a celebration of that name change at the coming weekend’s great festival Musik over Præstø Fjord a bit south of Copenhagen. We hope you’ll like this idea and help celebrate it with us on Saturday night from 20.45 in the great Danseladen!”

Get more info at: www.trad.dk and or at: www.facebook.com/traddk


22 Jul

L, B & H AstoriaOur little traveling duo, Lydom, Bugge & Høirup has been invited to perform at Musik over Præstø Fjord Festival  on August 6th, which also happens to be the day that I turn 55 years old.

We will be on stage from 8:45 PM to 10:00 PM 20:45 til 22:00, – and the idea is that we’ll play music from our concert repertoire – traditional music from around Denmark, arranged for accordion, harmonica, violin and guitar that is – and then people will dance as they know best.

As mentioned, I turn 55 that day, and I am really looking forward to meet colleagues, friends and acquaintances from near and far on the day.

You can get a lot more info about Musik over Præstø Fjord Festival at: www.folkemusik.com, and about the trio at: www.trad.dk


27 Jun

Jensen & Bugge + HøirupTogether with the duo Jensen & Bugge, I’ll perform at Mariehaven in Ansager, Jutland, on the 10th and 21st. of July.

(LATEST NEWS: The dance on the 21st has been cancelled. Keep posted about new date)

The 10th of July we will play our unique mix of new and old folk music, and the 21st of July, it’s all about playing for the dance – a new concept at Mariehaven.

We have for quite a while worked on new arrangements that will work very well as concert music, but also as dance music.

We love this concept, so do come and join us at Mariehaven. Check out the video from Højbystævnet 2015, where the Finnish bass player, Tapani Varis, joined us for a Danish Hopsa!


27 Jun
L, B & H Skyer.jpg

Three tired musicians on a little trip to the Pasific Ocean, before we return to Denmark and the long light nights, to celebrate midsummer in pouring rain and dramatic thunder storms. Photo: Jamie Fox

“If I had wings, I would fly home with you, to the light nights, please bring them all my greetings!” – From Hils fra mig derhjemme, a Danish emigrant song from 1922

We just returned from our second tour in the US. This time we did 14 concerts in the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Oregon

Our trio, Lydom, Bugge & Høirup, are promoting our new album, Gangspil (Capstan, ande a few of our concerts was streamed on the internet, we were interviewed on a couple of radio stations, as well as promoted on a few news papers.

Our take on the traditional music of our home land was in fact reciewed well by an enthusiastic audience, of whom quite a few had Scandinavian roots.

Particularly inspiring was the visiting at Nisswa-Stämman in Nisswa, Minnesota, and the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Astoria Oregon.

On both festivals the focus was on the music as a time machine and a unifying force. Children, youngsters and adults united in the dance and music, while given ample opportunity to speak about from where we come as emigrants, about who we are and what we have in common.

A particularly good talking point was our version of the old emigrants song, Hils fra mig derhjemme (Ggreetings from me at home), that I sing using it’s original lyrics.

A lot of Americans with Scandinavian roots has either a close relation to this song, or they remember their parents or grand parents sing it with quiet voices and serious looking faces.

From our version of the song many was taken with surprise that the song is actually Danish, and was sung the first time at Tivoli in 1922. The song about the Danish sailor, far from home, who is afraid of loosing connection to his people in the old land, hits directly into the heart of any emigrant, him or her being from Denmark, Syria or Iraq.

The talks after the concerts was many and rich, and thy were a lot about the old land, about the ones who left home, and about the concern for the ones who stayed home.

Sonnich Lydom (Two row accordion and harmonica), Kristian Bugge (Violin) og I myself will be returning to the US in the end of September, to perform at a huge emigrant festival called “Norsk Høstfest, in Minot, North Dakota.

Here you will see about 80.000 people meet for about 5 days to celebrate their Scandinavian roots with a astonishing mix of music, dancing, traditional cooking, porcelain painting, cruises, knitting clubs, and much more.

You can get much more info about Lydom, Bugge & Høirup listen to the music and watch the videos at www.trad.dk and www.facebook.com/traddk


27 May

Ingelas Vals i A

In 2008 I wrote Ingela’s Valtz, in memory of my wife, Ingela Ellen Marianne Eidorff, and it has been a huge pleasure to play it around the world with different bands ever since.

I happen to know that this little happy waltz is being played in Denmark, Germany, USA and Canada, and now it can also be played on the other side of the globe

The Australian musician, composer and music activist, David De Santi, released the music collection, “Good Tunes Book – a collection of folk music from around the world”, together with his son, Samuel De Santi.

In this collection as one of the last tunes, you will Ingela’s Waltz noted next to, amongst others, Westphalia Waltz from Prince Edward’s Island, and the Scottish hit Dark Island.

Good Tunes BookDavid has earlier released music collections music from Australia and Italy, and in this new collection, he and his son are focussing on the rest of the world.

In this new and good looking music collection, which contains not less than 157 favorites, David and Samuel thanks Folkets Hus Spillefolk (www.spillefolk.dk) for use of their large music collection of Scandinavian music.

Finally a small hint for guitar players who want to work with Ingela’s Waltz in A major: It sounds great to play the tune in G major, with a capo on second fredge, which makes i A major, and that is actually how it was originally composed. Have fun!


9 May
Min gamle far , Fin Alfred, og jeg i skoven i maj. I den første weekend i Juli står vi på scenen sammen på festivalen i Skagen.

My old dad, Fin Alfred, and I posing for the camera in a Danish May forest. On the first weekend of July we will be on stage together, at the Skagen Festival. Photo: Carl Alfred.

On the first weekend of July Fin Alfred and I will take the trip to Skagen Festival in the very North of Denmark. Fin will do a couple of concerts there, featuring a selection of his many songs, while playing the accordion. I’ll back him on the guitar, and sing along.

We are very much looking forward to visit Skagen and to meet the many fans of songs and ballads that travel to this exciting festival every year.

Fin Alfred has been singing and playing for more than 60 years, and in 2002 he went to Tønder in the very South of Denmark, to pick up a Danish Music Award (Danish “Grammy”), in the category “Danish Ballad Album of the Year”.

By using his large and unique collection of songs and ballads, Fin tells the story of the blacksmiths, the masons, and the other proud craft men, but he also tell about Bombardine, scavenger Niels, Olsen from Hauser Square, Sister Petrea and many more. Fin Alfred says:

”The young generation who grew up right after 1945 need to get out and see the world, and if you came from a home, like I did, where there were five people in three rooms, youth hostels and shelters around in Europe became a kind of refuge where young people met and played music and sang together. Being a traveler it was normal to carry a banjo, mandolin or guitar, and where ever we came we sang Danish, German and American folk songs. The songs still live around in the country, even they, with only a few exceptions, never is to be found in the acknowledged song books. Maybe they survive because they in a simple way expresses something basic about sorrow, happiness, hope and longing, indignation and doubt.”

Chris Nickson from the British folk, blues and world music magazine fRoots wrote:

“Apart from singing in a wonderfully warm, gentle voice, Fin Alfred contributes accordion, banjo and mandolin, all played very well (…) Now a mere 20 albums into his career, this look back on songs from his wanderings, the pieces that haven’t made it into songs books, offers a great insight into the roots of modern Danish folk music.”

We will be approaching Skagen with the car full of instruments, walking shoes, and cameras. Will we see you up there?

Get more info at: www.skagenfestival.dk