Camps & Concerts

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The West Denmark Heritage Council is a distinct non-profit being developed to foster cultural events in the tradition of the West Denmark community and Danish Folk Schools. Through lectures, musical performances, artistic endeavors, camps, craft workshops, nature appreciation events, and other events we hope to sustain the rich cultural heritage historically imparted by the West Denmark community.

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* The highly acclaimed West Denmark Fiddle School returns!  11-15 June  2017. Again featuring international instructors lead by Harald Haugaard, of Denmark, and modeled after Harald’s extremely popular fiddle school in Breklum Germany, the fiddle school will be an intensive study in music based on Scandinavian and Anglo/Celtic traditions. For more information and to register for the Fiddle School, go to www.westdenmark.net

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*Family Camp:  June 30 – July 3rd, 2017.  Registration is open! Registration for the delicious, wholesome, as-local-as we-can meals caps at 120 people. You’ll want to be in that number! There is no cap on participation for daily activities. This mini folk school is a quality intergenerational event you won’t want to miss!   Here’s the link for on-line registration and more information: http://camp.westdenmark.org10253945_10203349607358099_5460661011959707125_n

The Heritage Council’s list of quality concerts, camps and events keeps growing! Here’s what we’ve done: 

* 25 March 2017: The Newlands Co-op Concert.   

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Vidar Skrede is a Nordic folk musician playing guitar, harding fiddle, fiddle and a Greek bouzouki. Sara Pajunen is a Minneapolis-based violinist and composer specializing in Finnish folk music. Their collaboration creates great music!

An afternoon fiddle workshop was held and the students joined the concert for a number.

 

* Olav Mjelva and Erik Rydvall: 29 November 2016                                  

websitejpgErik and Olav are a collaborative duo – Swedish and Norwegian – playing unique instruments – a keyed Fiddle and a Hardanger Fiddle. Interesting sounds, nuances and tunes that are both inventive and traditional.
* Bill & Kate Isles:  23 April 2016 

BillKateIslesPromo (2)Bill & Kate are an acoustic singer /songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota who tour nationwide.  They use a wide variety of musical styles, and are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs.

Bill & Kate are an acoustic singer /songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota who tour nationwide.  They use a wide variety of musical styles, and are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs.

 

* Nordic Fiddlers Bloc:  27 February 2016

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The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – Olav Luksengård Mjelva,
Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson came from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands respectively. They played to a full house – a melodic and varied collection of songs drawing on the musical nuances of their three traditions.

 

 

* West Denmark preserecital (1)nts … A Piano Recital

Friday, 25 September 2015, Christine and Harry Johansen peformed a recital of piano works by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Stefano Donaudy, and George Gershwin . The occasion celebrated the acquisition of a new sanctuary piano made possible through the Arts and Letters Fund established through a legacy gift of Pastor Harald and Saralice Petersen. The mission of the Arts and Letters Fund is to promote and encourage artistic expression, performance, and creativity as a vocational enrichment of our hearts, minds and souls.

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* Baltic Crossing:  17 September 2015       

Guitar, fiddle, piano, accordion, Northumbrian bagpipes, mandolin – the musicians from the UK, Finland, and Denmark cross the Baltic Sea to make music, and they brought it all to us!

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The Heritage Council’s opening act was folk-singer-storyteller-and-more, John McCutcheon, on 13 March 2015. We had a sold out performance. John’s energy, personable style, and artistry in a small setting was a fantastic experience. McCutcheon is a master of the hammered dulcimer, proficient on a wide variety of instruments, and has produced 34 albums since the 1970s.