Award-winning folk fiddler plays in Shoreline May 31

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Accordionist Ole Mouritzen and folk fiddler Peter Uhrbrand
will play at Skandia gathering May 31 in Shoreline

Skandia Folkdance Society invites you to a fine evening of music and dancing Saturday evening, May 31, at the LDS Meeting House, 14901 30th Ave NE, from 7 – 10pm. Admission is $10 for Skandia members, $15 for nonmembers, and free for children under 18. 

The dance features Grammy-winning folk musician, Peter Uhrbrand, and acclaimed accordionist, Ole Mouritzen.

When these folks fire up their instruments, they play happy, lively, toe-tapping music that has been cherished, faithfully preserved, and passed on for centuries on the island of Fanø, Denmark.

Peter is the island’s foremost music tradition bearer, and is lauded internationally for his playing and musical expertise. Ole is a masterful Danish accordionist who honed his skills over many decades. 

Peter Uhrbrand leading a procession
on his home island of Fanø, Denmark

The evening will start early to encourage families and people of all ages to join in the fun. The dance begins with easy folk dances, sets, patterns, and mixers. Come dance, or just soak up the music, if that’s your preference.

To the seventy adults and children who attended the last great Skandia dance at this hall, “we hope to see you soon,” and to those of you who will come for the first time, a hearty “welcome!”

But, wait, there’s more! The evening’s fare also includes renowned Pacific Northwest fiddlers, Peter Michaelsen and Joe Finn, who will play a selection of oh-so-danceable Nordic music with great arrangements and delectable harmonies.

For a preview of the fine music in store for this dance, consider heading to Northwest Folklife Festival this Saturday, May 24. Uhrbrand and Mouritzen are featured performers in the “Tradition Bearers and Music Makers: Denmark to Seattle” concert starting at 11:00am in the Cornish Playhouse (formerly the Intiman Theater). 

For more information about the Skandia dance, call 206-784-7470.


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