Skandinavian festival in Minnesota celebrates 20th anniversary – with Danish guests

29 Mar

Nisswa-Stämman is a small exclusive folk music festival that runs every year in June. It’s happening in the little town of Nisswa, situated in the North American state of Minnesota, also known as ‘Land of 10.000 Lakes’.

I did visit the festival for the first time in 2007, together with the Danish violinist Harald Haugaard. We were the first Danish band playing at the festival, and I really liked it there.

Later, in 2016, I visited the festival with the trio Gangspil, and now when they are celebrating its 20th anniversary, I have been invited to play with the trio Jensen, Bugge & Høirup, featuring the old Danish-American fiddler and accordion player Dwight Lamb.

When we visit the festival this summer, it will be as part of a tour down through the American MidWest, playing concerts in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa, which we are very much looking forward to.

Dwight Lamb, who are a descendant after a Danish emigrant, his grand father fiddler Kræn Jerup (Chris Jerup),who emigrated to the US from Jutland in Denmark in 1893, has a huge repertoire of old long forgotten Danish tunes that he actually learned from his grand father, .

Those tunes will be a large part of the repertoire that we will be playing and recording on this tour, but at Nisswa-Stämman we will perform in two variations: One featuring Dwight Lamb and his repertoire, and a slightly different one as the trio Jensen, Bugge & Høirup.

This is going to be good fun, I know that already…