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Scandinavian folk music concert in Broadview Sunday afternoon

March 9th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag will perform a concert of Scandinavian folk music at 3 p.m. Sunday at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. The accomplished musicians are ages 7 to 16.

A Nordic showcase, the concert also features the musical group Sprida Ut, and Norwegian hardanger fiddlers, Peter Michaelsen and Anika Anderson.

The concert benefits the group’s tour of Sweden this summer and helps bring the dream of studying with master musicians to life. The trip is an unparalleled opportunity for the kids to connect and study with renowned Swedish fiddlers and to ensure that centuries-old folk traditions continue to thrive. What a great way to pay tribute to the many Swedish immigrants who made this area their home!

Tickets are available at the door, with a suggested donation of $15 (or $30 for families).

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Young Nordic folk musicians raising money for Sweden trip

November 4th, 2012 by Doree

A group of young Nordic folk musicians, including one from Phinney Ridge, will travel to Sweden next summer to broaden their musical and cultural perspectives.

Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag has performed locally at the Folklife Festival, the Swedish Cultural Center’s Pancake Breakfasts, and for local dances hosted by the Skandia Folkdance Society.

In Sweden, the group, including Anika Anderson from Phinney Ridge, will perform at festivals and attend workshops by master Swedish fiddlers. They’ll also participate in a cultural exchange with their sister group in Sweden, the Malung Lilla Spelmanslag.

Anika Anderson of Phinney Ridge is at far right.

To help raise funds for their trip, they’re looking for donations to their Kickstarter campaign.

The group’s next performances will be at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Yulefest on Nov. 17-18.

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