SEE YOU AT SKAGEN FESTIVAL?

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

LYDOM, BUGGE & HØIRUP ON TOUR IN THE US!

8 Apr

L, B & HIn June 2016 we’ll be back in The US with the trio of Sonnich Lydom (accordions and harmonicas), Kristian Bugge (violin) and Morten Alfred Høirup (guitars and vocals).

Already in July 2015, we did perform and teach at the great Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Festival in Port Townsend, Washington State, and in January 2016 we did a follow up-tour in the Pasicic North West, from Oregon to British Colombia. Now time is coming for a summer tour in the North West in June, and we just can’t wait.

The tour will take us to Nisswa Stämman in Nisswa, Minnesota, and to Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Oregon, but that’s not all. On our tour from the North to the North West, we’ll pass by Chrcago in Illinois, and I bet that we will visit another state or two, reaching Oregon. You can follow the development of the tour in the calendar of this site.

Lydom, Bugge & Høirup do concerts as well as dances, the repertoire is traditional Danish music, and the audience is usually a broad mix of people with an interest in traditional music in general, and people with Scandinavian roots.

Later, in October, the trio will be going to Minot in North Dakota to perform and entertain at the huge event Norsk Høstfest, and in December we’ll be at Scan Fair in Oregon – but that’s another story.

Here is a link to a video recorded in Seattle in januar 2016 – we are playing a set of traditional dance tunes from Sønderho on the little island of Fanø. 

You can follow the trio on Facebook on this address: www.facebook.com/traddk and on www.trad.dk

AN ENRICHING MIX OF TRADITIONAL AND NEW MUSIC!

4 Apr

Jensen & Bugge + HøirupI do appreciate my cooperation with violinist Kristian Bugge and accordion player Mette Kathrine Jensen. We have recorded several albums together, the latest one being “Slid din tid (2015) with music by Borcher Madsen, who was born at Falster in Denmark in 1815.

In Jensen & Bugge + Høirup, we are right now mixing the traditional danse music with new material that we compose ourself. At the same time we arrange the music tight, to make it work even better for listening as well as dancing.

New waltzes, polkas, english dances, sønderhonings, and even a new “russer”, all new music that is great to dance to.

You will be able to listen and dance to all this around the country during the coming months, and you can get more info on this website and at www.jensen-bugge.dk

BJØRNEKÆDEN, GÆSTEBUD AND THE OTHER ORIGINALS!

24 Mar
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Aerialists is a fine young band that did release their first album in 2016, and one of the tunes on is ‘Bjørnekæden’!

During the years musicians and bands around the world has recorded and published some of my original compositions and tunes. One of them is ‘Bjørnekæden’ (The Bear’s Chain), that I composed many years ago, together with Sonnich Lydom, a tune that I myself has recorded with bands like American Café Orchestra, Haugaard & Høirup and Himmerland.

In 2000 the English band 422 did record and publish ‘Ringen/The Ring’, from my solo album Vingården (1998), and in 2004 another English band, Kerfuffle, published their cd K2, with an amazing version of the tittle tune from Vingården. Unfortunately Kerfuffle stopped playing in 2010.

The German band Frunhofer Saitenmusik published their album Dreizig (30) in 2007, and one of the tunes on that album is ‘Begravelsesmarch til en Kær Ven’, in German: ‘Dänische Trauermarch’. Just a few years before that, a band from Texas – I am afraid that I don’t remember their name – published their version of ‘Gæstebud/Feast’.

The band Pflantzplätz from Switzerland, and the German band Fiunferley, has both recorded fine versions of ‘Bjørnekæden’, the latst mentionen band on their album Rooted, and the Canadian band Celtara, has published ‘Bjørnekæden’ on their first album More Than One True Love, and ‘Gæstebud/Feast’ on their second album Until Morning Light.

In the late 80’s I wrote the two first parts of ‘Bjørnekæden’ in 7/8, and I played it for my friend and colleague, Sonnich Lydom, who went straight home and made up a third part for the next day. Another good friend and colleague, mandolin and guitar player, John McGann from Boston, Massachusetts, really liked ‘Bjørnekæden’. We were touring in Scandinavia with American Café Orchestra that crazy summer, and John suggested to spice the third part up a bit, by adding a small rhythmic twist. Many fine musicians and music students has been struggling with this little challenge ever since.

A German group, Fei Scho, has recorded ‘Gæstebud/Feast’ on their album Vom Landler zum Funk (2012), furthermore in 2013 the Finnish band Häävi published their debut album, containing amongst others a very nice version of ‘Bjørnekæden’, in Finland also known as ‘Danish 7/8’. During the same year, the Canadian band Thereafter from Vancouver BC did publish their pretty version of the same tune on their album Ceremony.

Lately, in 2015, the young American violinist, Adrianna Ciccone, introduced her debut album, produced by master musician Bruce Molsky, an album containing amongst others her interpretation of my tune, ‘Lys Polska’, which I myself did record and publish with the violin and guitar duo, Haugaard & Høirup, many years ago

In the very beginning of 2016, the Canadian band Aerialists came out with their very own version of ‘Bjørnekæden’, and now I can’t wait to see what will the next development.

I am of cause very happy that musicians and composers around the world want to use my music as part of their repertoire, it is always fun and interesting to hear other peoples interpretation of ons own compositions, and it feels just great that this way the music takes its own ways and finds a larger audience!

I do have most of my compositions as written music, also ‘Bjørnekæden’ – just let me know!

JUST BACK IN DK AFTER 12 WELL-ATTENDED CONCERTS IN THE US & CANADA!

29 Jan
Port Townsend, Quimper Grange

Lydom, Bugge & Høirup performing an acoustic concert in Quimber Grange, Port Townend, WA, 22nd of Januar 2016.

Hey there! I just arrived in Copenhagen after an exciting and rather overwhelming tour on the North American and Canadian West coast, with the Danish trio Lydom, Bugge & Høirup. This way, thanks to our wonderful audience, we began this new year with a great success.

During this tour, accordionist and harmonica player Sonnich Lydom, fiddler Kristian Bugge and I, myself, on guitar and vocals, has been giving workshops as well as playing dances, performed direct on the air on a couple of radio stations, and played quite a few concerts in folk clubs and Scandinavian Heritage centres, in Washington and Oregon, and in British Columbia.

We have met a large and very enthusiastic audience, of which many obviously are descendants of Scandinavian immigrants, and pretty curious about traditional Danish music and dance.

Now I am back home, jet lagged, and busy working on the many tasks on my desk, while at the same time, looking forward to a year of several tours in The US together with the trio.

Please stay in touch via this website for more info on upcoming tours in, amongst others, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

LYDOM, BUGGE & HØIRUP ON TOUR IN CANADA AND THE US!

28 Dec

L, B & H (Høj opløsning) (1)From 13th of January to 26th of January 2016, we’ll be touring in the Pacific North West with the trio Lydom, Bugge & Høirup. We do this to present our new album, Gangspil (Captan), which we did release in the late summer of 2015. This is an album which our audience, as well as the critics, seems to like, both in Denmark and internationally.

The Belgian magazine “La Canard” named the trio: ”Three great masters of Danish folk music.”, and the German “Folkmagazin” said: ”Let yourself entrain by this catchy and convincing music, and furthermore a beautiful bird song from Morten. A Super CD by the three cheery master musicians.”

In Denmark “Rootszone”, a local online magazine, stated that: ”Gangspil” is historical Danish folk music, interpreted kindly and with respect, into a contemporary context, and damn well done”.

Click here to see a video from the Danish Tønder Festival, where we did celebrate the new album by inviting everyone for coffee and Danish “schnaps”, while playing a few tunes from the album.

You’ll find our tour plan on this website, or by going to www.trad.dk

JENSEN & BUGGE + HØIRUP NOMINATED FOR DANISH MUSIC AWARD!

30 Oct

Danish Music Awards - FolkJust as Jensen & Bugge + Høirup was about to start a small tour in Jutland, we get the news that our new album, “Slid din Tid” has been nominated for a Danish Music Award (Danish “Grammy”) in the category “Tradition Award”.

DMA 2015 is held on November 28th, and of course we think that it is just fantastic that our recording of the music composed by Borcher Madsen, a musician and composer from Nykøbing Falster, can thrill people now, 200 years after he was borni.

This is were you can meet our trio in November 2016:

1.11: Juelsminde (Private)
3.11: Gyngen, Århus
5.11: Hagges, Tønder
8.11: Vingsted Centret
27.11: Redsted Sognegård, Mors

More about Jensen & Bugga at: www.jensen-bugge.dk

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE “FOLK MUSICIANS AWARD OF THE YEAR”!

30 Oct

SpillemandsprisenIt was a total surprize for me to recieve “Årets Spillemandspris” (Folk Musicians’ Award of the Year) at Musik over Præstø Fjord Festival this August. Yes, I was at the festival, and I was joining the award ceremony, but that was only to cover the festival for our online radio station.

As I found out that the host were actually addressing me, I had to give my recorder to a colleague, and go on stage to recieve the award. Here is a quote of what the master of ceremony did say:

“For more than 20 years he has beeen here and there and all over the place. As a musician, he is eminent on his instrument, the guitar, and as a composer, he has written quite a number of tunes. He plays in a lot of bands, and tours all over the world. He is known and highly respected amongst musician colleagues and audience on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean – he conveys his music with warmth and humor – and he is a fantastic storyteller!”

Thank you for the kind words and for the award it self. I am sorry that I only got to take a photo at late night, but I was so busy producing radio. Thanks again I appreciate this very much!

On www.radiofolk.dk you can hear radio recorded and “broadcasted” during Musik over Præstø Fjord Festival.

THANK YOU FOR AN ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE!

7 Sep
Ruthie Dornfeld, Jamie Fox, Kristian Bugge, Sonnich Lydom & Morten Alfred Høirup, af Martha Leveson

Ruthie Dornfeld, kamie Fox, Kristian Bugge, Sonnich Lydom & Morten Alfred Høirup, by Martha Leveson

During June 28th to July 5th 2015, I performed at Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, which is taking place every year at the old military center, Fort Worden in Port Townsend, in the State of Washington, on the American West Coast.

It was a very nice experience with a lot of workshops, music, dance, and a hole lot of concerts for thousands of people, with the Danish trio Lydom, Bugge & Høirup, who are right now celebrating their first album together, and with my old friend and colleague, violinist and vielle player, Ruthie Dornfeld, who lives in Seattle, and who is respected as one of the local stars, at the festival.

Here is a link to a video from the festival, featuring Lydom, Bugge & Høirup.

Amongst the more established names we met ver fine, and also awsome people like Rodney Miller & Sandy Bradley, Bruce Green & John Haywood, lisa Ornstein, André Marchand & Normand Miron, Jamie Fox and many, many more..

All in all a wonderful and, by the way, very hot week, at one of hte most inspiring and well arranged festival, that I have been at, with this very special mix of workshops, jamsessions, dance and concerts.

In the festival program I am mentioned as “One of the world’s most respected rhythm guitarists”, and even though this is probably quite an exaggeration, it is great to perform at a festival who describe you with a certain enthusiasm!

By the way: one of the big hits at the festival was “Ingela’s Waltz”, that I wrote in 2008. It was good fun to experience it being played for dancing one evening by a team of about 35 students, and to see how well it was recieved by the dancers, musicins and by the audience. Thank you to all who were involved, for giving me that great experience. I hope that I will have more of those during the coming years 🙂