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


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:


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


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 🙂


11 Jul

Slid Din Tid, album coverFinally it came, Jensen & Bugge + Høirup’s new album featuring compositions by “Music director” Borcher Madsen, who was born in July 1815, in Væggerløse, and who lived and worked for many years in Nykøbing F. The name of the album is “Slid din tid”, called after one of Madsen’s compositions, and it can be purchased from the online shops or We garanty for the honesty of both web shops.

During the coming months we will be playing quite a few gigs featuring the material of Mr. Borcher Madsen, and that we think is probably the best way of celebrate the 200 anniversary of the old master. Kristian Bugge tells

“We played both concerts, dances and workshops at the Borcher Madsen Festival at Lolland in June, and that’s when we celebrated our new album with a full house at Marielyst Højskole. Apart from that, we are going to do quite a few concerts and dances at Højbystævnet at Funen, Marefestival in Ansager, Gyngen in Århus, and Hagges in Tønder, during the next few months.”

Are you interested in booking Jensen & Bugge + Høirup for concert or dance, the just contact me at:

Here is a link to a video from Mariehaven where we played not long ago!


8 Jul
Foto: Henrik Jansberg

Photo: Henrik Jansberg

Our debut album, Gangspil (Capstan) was just released in The US. It happend in during our stay at the amazing “Festival of American Fiddle Tunes” in Port Townsend, W.A. We also performed a couple of direct concerts at and

We expect gangspil to be released in Denmark in the late summer of 2015, and we are very much looking forward to introduce the album, which is all about revitalizing some of the many fantastic traditional Danish tunes and songs, that can be found in the old archives, and amongst the oldler folk musicians in Denmark and abroad.

Keep an eye on and, here you can see when Gangspil is being released in Danmark!

More info about Lydom, Bugge & Høirup at:, or at


17 May
Musikdirektør Borcher Madsen

Musikdirektør Borcher Madsen

Borcher Madsen would have turned 200 years in 2015, and that’s worth celebrating!

Borcher Madsens name are often found in the old musicians music collections. He was born in Væggeløse at Falster in Denmark in 1815. He was son of a cooperage and musician namedMads Rasmussen, and he became one of Falster’s best musicians and luxuriant dance composers.

Borcher Madsen already started to play when he was a kid, and he became assisting teacher in Bøtø, but when the priest asked him to choose between taking his final examine and stay at the school, or to study the violin, his destiny was settled. Borcher Madsen moved to Nykøbing Falster and lived in Glahnstræde. He had quite a few students, and he was still playing in the age of 80. Borcher Madsen died in 1897.

The trio JENSEN & BUGGE + HØIRUP has been working for quite some time with the from Borcher Madsen’s repertoire, and during the Borcher Madsen Festival during 18th – 21st of June 2015, they will release the album “”Slid din tid”, containing the music of Borcher Madsens. At the same time they release a music collection with the known compositions of Borcher Madsen. More info at:


15 Apr

mahIn good understanding with the band, I am leaving the Himmerland, after 5 years of travelling and adventours around the world.

I wish Himmerland all the best, and I am looking forward to play a few final concerts with the band at Halkær Festival, on Ålands Islands and on Faroe Islands in July.

I will of course continue my musical life in many other constellations, I am releasing a couple of albums with different people during this summer, and I am, by the way, looking forward to get a little more time to compose some new music.

And now spring is here!