Scandimoot Scandinavian music and dance festival 2017
The 2017 Scandimoot festival will be held from 28th April to 1st May 2017 in Clapham. This small, intimate event has been held annually for many years and offers the best opportunity in the UK to learn Scandinavian traditional music and dance from Norway and Sweden’s top teachers and performers. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience in the traditions to attend and tickets are available for both individual events/workshops and the entire long weekend.
The majority of Scandinavian dances are for couples, unlike ceilidh dancing which many in the UK are familiar with, but you don’t need a partner in order to book. It is also quite normal for couples to comprise partners of either gender. The dance workshops will be based at Clapham village hall and will be progressive, allowing you to develop your skills as the weekend progresses. The only requirements are a basic dancing ability and enthusiasm.
The music workshops will be based at Ingleborough Hall, Clapham. Tunes will be taught by ear and musicians can select the level of workshop which matches their experience and needs. The advanced workshops are aimed at players with some knowledge of the tradition and will focus on technique, as well as learning the tunes. The intermediate workshops are designed for players who may be new to the music but experienced at playing their instrument whilst in the beginners’ workshops teaching will proceed at a much gentler pace and with a higher teacher:student ratio, so they are ideal for newer players. Traditionally most Scandinavian music is played on the fiddle but players of all instruments are very welcome.
There is also the option of getting a taster by coming along to either the dance/performance slots at Clapham village hall on the Saturday evening or attending the Scandimoot concert at Settle Victoria Hall on the Sunday evening where you can enjoy listening to the music and watching the dancing.
This year’s artists/teachers are Mats Berglund, Hans and Rasmus Kjorstad, Rowan Rheingans and Vegar and Mette Vårdal.
Swedish musician Mats Berglund began playing traditional fiddle music as a young child and has spent many years researching, exploring and reviving the older folk music styles from the Swedish/Norwegian border region with their unusual asymmetric rhythms. He is an experienced and sought-after teacher, holding courses regularly in his home area and travelling widely.
Brothers Hans and Rasmus Kjorstad are prominent fiddlers in the young folk music scene in Norway. They make good use of the traditional repertoire from mid-Gudbrandsdalen, including well-established dance forms, all performed in a sparkling manner.
Rowan Rheingans is a multi-instrumentalist from Derbyshire, best known for her work with award winning fiddle duo The Rheingans Sisters and well established trio Lady Maisery. Since spending a year studying the fiddle in Hälsingland, Sweden, Rowan has kept up a strong connection to Scandinavia and has been back often to play, dance, compose, collaborate and perform. At Scandimoot this year, Rowan will be on hand to help lesser experienced players of Scandinavian music to get into the groove of some common repertoire.
Vegar Vårdal is a Norwegian folk musician and dancer who plays both Hardanger and standard fiddle, in addition to having folk dance as a career. In 2014 he won the national folk dance competition, and as a fiddle player he is rated in the highest league of folk musicians in Norway. Mette has been dancing since childhood and is currently working on a PhD in history. She is a judge at the Landskappleik – Norway’s foremost folk dance/music festival/competition – and currently the leader of the largest folk dance organisation in Norway: Noregs Ungdomslag. Mette has been teaching folk dance for several years, with folk culture and historical research being her full time occupation.
For more information on Scandimoot please contact the organiser, Pat Goodacre, on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01721 722539. You can also find details about the programme, artists, accommodation and make a booking through the website at scandimoot.org.uk. Details are also available on the Scandimoot Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you.