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 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!


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:


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: and on


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


24 Mar

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!


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.


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