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Scandimoot, 1st to 4th May

If you wanted to learn from the very best performers and teachers of traditional Scandinavian music and dance, you might book a flight to Oslo or Stockholm.  Perhaps you wouldn’t think of coming to Clapham or Settle in springtime.


For nearly 20 years now, around the beginning of May, towns and villages in the Yorkshire Dales have been host to some of the most outstanding talent of Norway and Sweden.  Scandimoot is three days of intensive music and dance workshops, song, concerts, evening dances, collective eating, socialising and generally living together. It brings talents together and nurtures the expertise in traditional Scandinavian music and dance that is rapidly growing amongst folk musicians in the UK and the rest of Europe, focussing this year on the music of Norway.


Mari Eggen and Nina Fjeldet play music from Gudbrandsdal & Røros on fiddle,  Marit Fält plays music from Norway & Sweden on fiddle & låtmandola. Hardanger fiddle player Ingrid Schei Stuhaug will play for dancers Sigurd Johan Heide and Sigrun Dyvik Berstad as well as giving solo performances of this amazing instrument.


This year the chance to listen to this outstanding music and watch the dancers is extended to local residents in Clapham and Settle, and another village hall (as yet un confirmed, so watch out, it could be near you!)  Villagers in Clapham will be able to come to a free concert in St James’ church on Sunday 3rd at 1.15 pm, and on Friday 1st, the primary school in Clapham will host an exciting family event in the afternoon where parents and children will meet some of the artists for an authentic Norwegian traditional music and dance experience.


This is in addition to the concert in Victoria Hall, Settle (book at the box office) on Saturday 2nd May at 8.00pm where all the artists, musicians and dancers, will perform, followed by all the weekend participants who will play for dancing.  If you want to find out what this looks and sounds like, please stay on after the concert and join us.

Pat Goodacre

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