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Gangspil (Traditional Danish Trio)

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Sonnich, Kristian, and Vidar will guarantee you an entertaining and varied journey through the traditions of Danish folk music.


This lively group performs old rare dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø and Fanø to metropols like 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. “- an unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road..”

Gangspil have toured intensively and played more than 100 shows in North America since 2015! - as well as a good number in other parts of the world. The group has become a well-known name in trad- and folk circles both home in Scandinavia and abroad. In 2016 Gangspil received the "Tradition Award" at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy).

Sonnich 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 the Danish folk music. Sonnich 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 know from his work with the ULC trio and later quintet (adding jazz pianist Peter Rosendal and bassist Mads Vinding). ULC recieved the Danish Music Award (Danish "Grammy") in the category "Folk Album of the year" in 2001 and 2004.

Kristian has specialized in the strong 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. At the same occasion in 2012, Kristian received the prize as ”Danish Folk Artist of the Year and latest in 2016 he was awarded "Danish Folk Musician of the Year!”

Vidar Skrede is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and a popular tune writer—his compositions are played and recorded by bands like Fiddlers’ Bid and Blazing Fiddles besides with his own projects. He works and performs as a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, harding fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), and has a master degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He has performed with well-know US musicians like Liz Carrol and Bruce Molsky.

www.trad.dk

For more information email: Maggie at mcraemb7@gmail.com or call Beth at 413 429 1176

This concert series is supported by  Berkshire Veneer

This concert series is supported by Berkshire Veneer