Gangspil Concert

Two of Denmark’s leading folk musicians, Sonnich Lydom and Kristian Bugge of the band Gangspil, take you on a tour around the music traditions of their home country, backed up by the great Norwegian guitarist Vidar Skrede!

Put this concert on your calendar for September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Bethania Church on Mill Street. The cost is $15, paid at the door, which opens at 7:00 p.m.

This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country, from rural islands like Læsø to the city of Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels, and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. This will be an unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.

In 2016, Gangspil received the “Tradition Award” at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy) and played more than 50 concerts around North America as well as a good number in Denmark too. They are delighted and proud to play for us all!

Lydom (accordion, harmonica, vocal) is a master of Irish, French-Canadian, and especially Danish traditional tunes. During the last 25 years he’s been leading the revival for diatonic accordion and harmonica in Danish folk music. Lydom holds a special place in his heart for the music from the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He is best known for his work with the ULC trio and later quintet (adding jazz pianist Peter Rosendal and bassist Mads Vinding). ULC received the Danish Music Award (Danish “Grammy”) in the category “Folk Album of the year” in 2001 and 2004.

Bugge (fiddle) has specialized in Danish folk music traditions. He is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher. His debut CD was awarded “Danish debut of the year” and “Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the year” at the Danish Music Awards Folk 2006 (Danish “Grammy”). On the same occasion in both 2012 and 2016, Bugge received the prize as ”Danish Folk Artist of the Year!”

Skrede (guitar) is a leading musician in the Nordic folk music scene and a popular tune writer—his compositions are played and recorded by bands like Fiddlers’ Bid and Blazing Fiddles, as well as by his own bands. He works and performs as a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, Hardanger fiddle, fiddle, and Greek bouzouki. He is from Haugesund, Norway, and has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (Southwest of Norway), and has a master’s degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He has performed with well-known U.S. musicians Liz Carrol and Bruce Molsky and taught fiddling classes at Vesterheim this year.