Swedish Music & Dance Weekend

October 24 ~ 26, 1997

Featuring Edwin's Spelmän, Leif Alpsjö, and Roo Lester

Edwin's Spelmän with Paul Dahlin, Bruce Johnson, Mary Londborg, Nancy Dahlin, and Marikay Dahlin proudly carries on the family tradition of "Grandpa" Edwin Johnson (1905 - 1984) who grew up fiddling in Dalarna. Paul directs the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag in Minneapolis.

Leif Alpsjö teaches and plays the traditional music and dance of Uppland. Steeped in this region's traditions, he shares his deep understanding and knowledge with delightful warmth and humor.

In addition to working with Leif in his dance workshops, Roo Lester will offer a variety of Scandinavian dance basics, Polskor, and gammaldans variants. Roo's special basics session Friday is a great way to start the weekend.

Fiddle workshops will be offered at vaious levels; groupings will depend on numbers and experience of participants. Beginning fiddlers should be comfortable with some basic gammaldans repertoire. Tunes will be taught by ear; tape recorders are recommended. Leif will offer an early session for experienced fiddlers on Friday. Musicians registering by October 14 may order a learning tape (available around September 10). Compiled by Paul Dahlin and Leif Alpsjö for listening purposes prior to the workshops, the tape will include 9-12 tunes, many of which may be taught in the workshops.

Nyckelharpa workshops: Leif will decide how to schedule his workshop time once he knows how many have registered at what level of experience.

Dance workshops: Roo and Leif are both very skilled at assessing the level and needs of the group. In addition to working on individual dances, workshops will include work with rhythm, styling, "trallning" (oral fiddling), and cultural context.


5:00 - 6:30 pm        Scandinavian Dance Basics Workshop
                   Advanced Fiddle Workshop
6:45 - 7:30 pm        Potluck at Farwell Hall
8:00 - 9:30 pm        Dance & Fiddle Workshops
9:30 - 10:30 pm       Dance Party

8:30 am             Breakfast
9:30 - 12:45          Dance & Fiddle Workshops
1:00 pm             Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm        Dance & Fiddle Workshops
5:00 - 7:00 pm        Break
7:00 pm             Supper
8:15 - ?              Concert & Dance Party

9:00 am              Breakfast
10:00 - 12:00         Dance & Fiddle Workshops
12:00 - 1:00 pm       Dance Review with Musicians' Allspel
1:15 pm             Lunch


Full-time prices include all events and meals from 8 pm Friday through Sunday lunch.
Teen  (T) = ages 13 - 17
Child (C) = ages 5 - 12

Full time by Oct. 14: $100 (A), $60 (T), $35 (C)
Full time after Oct. 14: $110 (A), $65 (T), $40 (C)

Friday Early workshop & Poluck: $10

Friday evening workshop & dance: $15 (A), $6 (T), $4 (C)
Sat. or Sun. breakfast: $6 (A), $4 (T), $3 (C)
Sat. AM & PM sessions & lunch: $41 (A), $27 (T), $18 (C)
Sat. Supper, concert & dance: $18 (A), $10 (T), $7 (C)
San. AM sessions & lunch: $24 (A), $16 (T), $9 (C)

FESTIVAL FOOD: Enjoy excellent, hearty meals, featuring traditional Scandinavian fare, including vegetarian offerings. People with specific dietary needs are asked to bring their own supplements.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Bunkhouse is $8 per person per night. Within walking distance (3 blocks) of Farwell Hall (main activities building); heated. Camp-style toilets and hand pump; showers available in Farwell Hall for 25 cents. Cots and pillows provided; you will need a sleeping bag, towel, flashlight, etc. Men's and women's are separate. Tenting is $6 per tent per night. Own arrangements: Motels are available within 7 miles of Folklore Village. Please make your own arrangements and mention Folklore Village.
Super 8 Motel: 608-935-3888
New Concord Inn: 608-935-3770
Pine Ridge Motel: 608-935-3386
Don Q Inn: 608-935-2321

WORK SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Please inquire early if you are interested in a scholarship. Details will be sent with registration confirmation. Deadline for scholarship requests is Oct. 14. Notification of scholarship awards will be made by Oct. 21.

REGISTRATION: Early registration will save you money and help us plan for a great weekend. While we will accept registrations as long as we have room and food, we do offer a reduced full-time tuition for those who are able to register by October 14. We will send a letter of confirmation of your registration and/or accommodations, with any schedule changes, if we receive your registration by Oct. 14 or so. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

A registration form has been made available for you to print and mail to Folklore Village.

Send your registration to:
Folklore Village Farm
3210 Co. Hwy. BB
Dodgeville, WI 53533