8 Nov

dmaHey, Gangspil was just nominated for a Danish Music Award (Danish “Grammy”) in the category “Traditionsprisen 2016” (Traditional 2016), and of cause we are very happy about that.

One of the reasons that we are happy is that all the nominated are very good and well respected musicians and bands, so in that way we kind of feel that we already won a little, just to be part of this nomination.

The winner of the “Traditional Music” category will be revealed at the great galla party in Tønder Kulturhus on November 26th, and that’s also when we find out who will receive the prize in the category “Årets Musiker/Instrumentalist 2016” (Folk Musician/Instrumentalist of the Year 2016), were as well Kristian, Sonnich and I myself has been nominated, in direct competition with each other, as well as two other great musicians from the Danish folk scene.

This is going to be super fun, and we consider this a great tribute to our debut album, as well as our project about presenting this great Danish music in The US, which we have worked so hard on doing the last couple of years.

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31 Oct

julThe Danish trio Gangspil – Lydom, Bugge & Høirup are getting ready for our fourth and last tour in The US this year, and it will happen between November 28th and December 4th.

I myself will leave Denmark a few days early, to spend some time in Oregon with my good friend violinist Ruthie Dornfeld and her family, whom I have come to know well through the years. Ruthie and I go way back, all the way to the early 1980’s, when we started ACO (The American Café Orchestra) together, and toured in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Finland  and The US.

On November 28th, Kristian and Sonnich will be arriving in Seattle, and then our very first American Christmass tour can take its beginning.

Our little tour will start in Poulsbo Washington and end in Portland in Oregon, where the dear Scandies will flock to join the very popular Scandinavian Christmass fair, ScanFair 2018.

But first we will visit to the State of Washington, where we are performing and teaching in traditional Danish music and dance at Sons of Norway in Poulsbo, and to the city of Olympia, to perform at Traditions Café, and as far as I know, we will do a concert in Seattle as well.

While being on the road we will take a little detour to the North, to Canada, to share real Danish “julehygge” with the people at The Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver where the Danish Pastor Birgitte Saltorp reigns.

But finally we will end this tour at the Scandinavian Christmass fair, ScanFair 2016, in Portland Oregon, with music and “julehygge” on December 3rd and 4th, befor we leave for Denmark on December 5th.

At ScanFair we do four concerts in a wonderful chaos of happy people in Christmass mood, and Scandinavian food specialities, such as meat balls, lutfish, apple fritters and medisterpølse (pronounced “meet-easter-pearls”), and lots of more or less homemade crafts.

I might add that our new album “Gangspil” (Capstan) containing traditional Danish music and singing, arranged for accordion, harmonica, fiddle, guitars and vocals, would make a very good Christmass present this year!

All in all I am pretty sure that Christmass mood will come to Frederiksberg, where I live, even earlier than normal this year. It would be rather strange if not!

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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: 


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


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!”

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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:, and about the trio at:


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
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Three tired musicians on a little trip to the Pasific Ocean, before we return to Denmark and the long bright 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 bright 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 received 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 (Greetings 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 and


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 ( 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!