Camps & Concerts

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.

 

Fiddle School

Featuring international instructors lead by Harald Haugaard, of Denmark, and modeled after Harald’s Breklum Germany fiddle school, the week at West Denmark is 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.wdfiddleschool.org

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Family Camp 

Annual event: July 1st – July 3rd.  Registration caps at 125 people for the delicious, wholesome, as-local-as we-can meals. You’ll want to be in that number! This mini folk school is a quality intergenerational event you won’t want to miss.   Click here for more information on Family Camp.

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Heritage Council Concerts

March 2024

“Peter Mayer is one of the finest songwriters on the planet. His intricate guitar work, breathtaking imagery, and nature mysticism are balm for the weary soul.”¬† -Fred Small, Singer/Songwriter

October 2023

Mads Hansens Kapel is a young and creative wind blowing over the Danish music scene.
The band members have roots in widely different genres, but found a common love for the Danish traditional music.

September 2023

Concert and Dance at the Parish Hall

April 2023

January 2020

Kevin McMullin

November 2019

“We all walk dark roads at a some point in our lives.”Into the Black Sea: Stories of Darkness and Light” is part storytelling, part music. The program is a one-man show, punctuated with humor, inspiration, longing, music and hope.

 

March 2019

November 2018

October 2018

February 2018

September 2017

Sonnich Lydom and Kristian Bugge

March 2017: The Newlands Co-op

Vidar Skrede is a Nordic folk musician playing fiddle, guitar, Hardanger fiddle, and a Greek bouzouki. Sara Pajunen is a Minneapolis-based violinist and composer specializing in Finnish folk music.

Olav Mjelva and Erik Rydvall: November 2016

Erik 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  

April 2016

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  February 2016

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc РOlav Luksengård Mjelva,
Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson came from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands respectively.

September 2015

Christine and Harry Johansen

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.

Baltic Crossing   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!

John McCutcheon

March 2015

The Heritage Council’s opening act

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.