Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Dance
Events in Northern California

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Regular Events


Mondays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class in Sacramento CA
.  Six week sessions.  7-9:30 pm at Hamilton Street Park Community Center, 4855 Hamilton Street, Sacramento CA 95841.  Contact Marida Martin: (916)358-2807 or see http://www.folkdance.com/scandi/class.htm for more info. Classes continue in summer.

1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays  
Scandinavian Folk Dance Class, Santa Cruz, 7:30-9:30 pm, Market Street Theater/SCO Clubhouse, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz CA. Instruction in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish folk dance by Ellen Moilanen. $2/session for SCO members, $3 for others. Everyone welcome. For information see http://sites.google.com/site/scandsantacruz/  or call Ellen M. at 831-336-9972 or <mikelblock@gmail.com> .

Tuesdays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class, Petaluma CA.  7:15 to 9:15pm at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma.  We encourage anyone interested in Scandinavian dancing to come, beginners especially.  No partner needed.   Teaching by Vince Taylor, Emma Charlebois.   Info: Vince Taylor vtglass@vom.com  or (707) 996-8300 Classes continue in summer.

Tuesdays  (mostly)
Open Sessions for Fiddlers and Nyckelharpers (aka fiddling with Fred) 8:00-10:30 pm  at the home of Fred Bialy and Toby Blomé, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito. Contact ahead of time for updated schedule of gatherings or to be put on Fred's list . Contact: Fred or Toby, (510)215- 5974, <bialy10@comcast.net>.

Wednesdays Weekly
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring dance class and performance group. Everyone welcome. Masonic Hall, 980 Church St., Mountain View, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Info:  http://www.ngls.net Contact: Anne Huberman or Greg Goodhue: (408)259-9959,408-259-9959, <http://www.ngls.net>, <goodhue@hotmail.com>.

Thursdays Weekly
Scandiadans 7:00-10:00pm, at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. Hwy 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd, east (up the hill)~ 1/2 mile, second right onto Butters Dr., go another 1/2 mile. On the right, look for post with 3115 on it (also “Scandiadans” sign). Take steep driveway down to a large parking area. Call Jane or Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or fjtripi@juno.com for information.   Teaching 7-8:30 pm.   

Fridays weekly
Scandinavian Fiddle Class, 7:30-10:00 pm.  at the home of Anita Seigel in Los Altos, location may vary. See http://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/scandinavian-music-sessions or call Jeanne Sawyer 408-890-6102 jsawyer@SawyerPartnership.com  for information and location/time changes. You may ask to be placed on our class email list. Continues throught summer.

1st Fridays Monthly
Scandinavian Cultural Evening 7:30 p.m., usually at Scandinavian Cultural Center, 240 Plymouth, Santa Cruz.  See special events calendar section for more info.  Contact: Michael or Ellen at <mikelblock@gmail.com>, (831)336-9972, or <http://www.scc-santacruz.org/>.

1st Saturdays Monthly     Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3, June 7
Nordic Footnotes 1st Saturday Scandinavian Dance Party ,  7:30 p.m. - midnight,  usually at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church (Location may change), 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025. Entrance to parking lot is on Monte Rosa, just off Sand Hill Road. Teaching session 7:30-8:30 pm before party. Cost $8. For information and directions see http://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/home or contact Jeanne and Henry 408-890-6102 jsawyer@SawyerPartnership.com , Sarah Kirton (650)968-3126 sarah.kirton@sbcglobal.net ,or Jim Little and Linda Persson (650) 323-2256 jglittle@aol.com.

Second Saturdays before the Second Saturday Dance
Open Sessions for Fiddlers, 2 - 5 pm afternoon before 2nd Saturday dance at the home of Fred Bialy, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito, (510) 215-5974 or bialy10@comcast.net . This is a practice session for the Monthly Second Saturday Scandinavian Dance. Call ahead as meetings occasionally canceled or moved, and times may vary.

Second Saturdays Quarterly March 8,  May 10
, October 11, December 20 (3rd Saturday) 
Scandia 2nd Saturday Dance (note dates above)
usually at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. Highway 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd east to Butters Dr.  Cost $7. Musicians are encouraged to come and play. Dance teaching 7:30-8:30 pm, dance 8:30- 11:00 pm. For information call Jane and Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or fjtripi@juno.com . Location may vary.  Does not meet in January, February, June, July, August, September or November. 

Second Sundays monthly
Bameleikkaring (Children's Norwegian Dance)
classes,  1:30 - 3:30 pm, at  Nordahl Hall, 580 W.  Parr Ave., Los Gatos. Contact Ginny Hansen (925) 634-0266 uffda7@pacbell.net  (both location and day may change, so call ahead).


Special Events


February 14-16, 2014
San Francisco Bay Area Scandia Festival, Petaluma CA featuring Swedish dance teachers Bengt & Britt-Mari and Swedish musicians Andströms. Weekend package for all workshops and dances $90. For more information and registration (
begins 12/3/2013) please visit  
https://sites.google.com/site/scandiafestivalpetaluma/

Feb. 17- March 2, 2014
Events with Andströms are listed below.  For more information about Andströms see
https://sites.google.com/site/nordicfootnotes/home/schedule/andstroem-special-event

If you are interested in a private lesson with any of the Andströms musicians (fiddle, bass, accordion), contact jsawyer@sawyerpartnership.com. Date and time are to be arranged for mutual convenience.


Feb. 20, 2014
Andströms at Scandiadans for a dance party,
7:00-10:00pm, at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. Call Jane or Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or fjtripi@juno.com for information.

Feb. 21, 2014
Andströms concert followed by dancing. 7 pm at San Jose Odd Fellows Hall, 1035 Emory St., San Jose CA 95126. Cost $5. Sponsered by Svea Lodge #348 Vasa Order of America. Contact: Jim Melin jimmelin@jacklondon.net

Feb. 25, 2014
Dance party with Andströms in Petaluma CA. 7:15 pm at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma.

Info: Vince (vtglass@vom.com) or Emma (foremma@hotmail.com)

Feb. 27, 2014
Andströms house concert at the home of Daniel Steinberg in
Mountain View CA. 8 pm.   Reservations required.  Donation: $15-20, all proceeds to the musicians. Info & reservations: email (preferred): Concerts@InstantHarmony.com   or phone: (650) 947-9669.

Feb. 28, 2014
Andströms  concert followed by dance. 
7:30pm at the Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock CA. Info: Judy Kropp (209) 480-0387 (cell) Judy_Kropp@sbcglobal.net

March 1, 2014
Fiddle Workshops with Andströms(all instruments, all levels welcome). Teaching will be by ear, so bring your recorders. We will split into two or three classes depending on levels and interests. The focus is fiddle tunes, but other instruments are welcome to attend. There is the possibility of a separate accordion and/or a bass class as well: let us know if you are interested:  jglittle64@alumni.rice.edu. Private lessons are also a possibility.
Time: Saturday, March 1. Two sessions; Saturday morning, 9:30-12:30, and afternoon, 2-5. Place: Palo Alto CA. Details provided when you register: jglittle64@alumni.rice.edu. Cost: $20 each session ($40 for the day)

March 1, 2014
Mini-Concert & Dance Party with Andströms
Mini-concert with Andströms, followed by a dance party with live music provided by our guests and our own local musicians.
Time: Saturday, March 1, 8:00 PM
Place: St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park CA 94025.  Entrance to parking lot is on Monte Rosa Dr.
Cost: $20 suggested donation (Snacks appreciated!)

March 2, 2014
Concert (but there is room to dance, too!) by Andströms at Treasures Roadhouse, 2908 Freedom Blvd, Corralitos CA. Info: http://treasuresroadhouse.com




March 7-9, 2014
Väsen SF Bay Area Tour:

Friday, March7
Aptos CA (Santa Cruz area) St. John’s Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos.7:30 pm, $15 in advance / $20 at the door. Tickets available in advance online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/587261 More information about this concert: www.communitymusicschool.org
or call: (831) 426-9155

Saturday, March 8:
Los Osos CA(San Luis Obispo/Morro Bay area),  Red Barn Community Music Series, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos, CA 93402. Doors open at 4:30, the pot luck supper and pot luck band starts at 5:00 PM., and the show begins at 6:00 PM. No tickets are required but suggested donation is $15 at the door. All proceeds from the show go directly to the artists. BYOB and a dish to share for the pot luck supper. This show is made possible through the generous support of KCBX Public Radio and Live Oak Music Festival. 

Sunday, March 9
Berkeley CA
Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street,  Berkeley, CA 94704. 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm). $23 advance / $25 door.  For more information and details on advanced ticket purchase:  http://www.thefreight.org/vasen-1

 Väsen:

 Väsen is a band people rave about – mere praise doesn’t seem to be enough. According to the Utne Reader, the band “treads an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop.” National Public Radio’s All Things Considered puts it this way: “The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires. This is local music in the best sense of the term – believable, human-scaled, and fluent in the international language of musical interplay.” Here’s what the folks at Wired say: “The sound may be traditional, but the attitude is completely modern, mixing up the ideas of folk, the virtuosity of prog, and the humor of the insane asylum into a Cuisinart of acoustic bliss. Visualize whirled music.” World music or whirled, the musicians of Väsen take the traditional music of their native Sweden and blend it into a delicious mixture of distinctive rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and unstoppable grooves.

Mikael Marin plays viola, Roger Tallroth plays 12-string guitar, and Olov Johansson plays nykelharpa, a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle. In 1990, Olov became world champion of both the modern chromatic and older historical nyckelharpas at the first-ever Nyckelharpa World Championships at Österbybruk, Sweden. The trio has been performing and recording together ever since. They’ve appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, won the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy, worked with Mike Marshall and Darol Anger as well as with the Kronos Quartet, and recorded 15 albums, including their latest, Mindset, which the website about.com calls “the best they’ve ever released.” That same reviewer calls Väsen “one of the best bands in the world.” Not one of the best Swedish bands or one of the best traditional bands, just one of the best bands, period. The word väsen has several meanings – spirit, essence, noise. This talented Swedish trio conveys the essence of Swedish traditional music with a joyful noise that is very likely to raise your spirits!

April 11-13, 2014
Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne
, Alta CA. 
Dance instruction, taught by Tom Sears and Meg Laycock, will feature a survey of Norway’s regional traditions in various dance categories: Ballad (step) dans, Bydgdedans (including springars and pols), Gammaldans-waltz, polka, mazurka, reinlendar), Turdans (figure dances) and Songdans. Jolster Springar, which was presented last October stevne by Magnus Hope and Einar Eimhjellan, will be reviewed. Bill Likens will teach piano accordion and two-row diatonic button accordion

For more information/registration contact Meg Laycock meg_at_jstub.com or Zena Corcoran zmcorcoran_at_aol.com. or

June 14-21, 2014
Scandia Camp MendocinoFeaturing musc and dance of Scandinavia. For more information see < http:// www.scandiacampmendocino.org/>. Contact: Roo Lester ( roo<at>scandiacamp<dot>org ), Linda Gross ( linda<at>scandiacamp<dot>org ), Fred Bialy ( fred<at>scandiacamp<dot>org ), Chris Gruber ( chris<at>scandiacamp<dot>org ).

Last update 2/23/2014

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