Gangspil will take you on an entertaining and varied journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica, vocals) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle, vocals) perform old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country, from rural islands like Læsø to the metropolis of Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions.
Expect an unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.
Come early, view the We Are Water MN exhibit, and have supper with us!
Nelson’s Cafe will be catering—choice of soup and chicken salad sandwich on cranberry bread.
Suggested donation of $10 per plate
Everyone is welcome.
The music program is free and will begin at 6pm.
Sonnich Lydom & Kristian Bugge, two ”Rigspillemænd of Denmark”
“Two of Denmark’s leading folk musicians take you along on a tour around the music traditions of their home country!”
Sonnich Lydom and Kristian Bugge will guarantee you an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. This lively group performs old dance tunes and long forgotten songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.
Gangspil have toured intensively and played more than 120 shows in North America since 2015! – as well as a good number in other parts of the world.
The group has become a well-known name in trad- and folk circles both home in Scandinavia and abroad. In 2016 they received the “Tradition Award” at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy!)
Sonnich (accordion, harmonica, vocal) is a master of Irish, French-Canadian, and especially Danish traditional tunes. During the last 25 years he’s been leading the revival for diatonic accordion and harmonica in the Danish folk music. Sonnich holds a special place in his heart for the music from the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted.
He is also know from his work with the ULC trio and later quintet. ULC received the Danish Music Award in the category “Folk Album of the year” in both 2001 and 2004!
Kristian (fiddle, vocal) has specialized in the strong Danish folk music traditions.
He is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher.
His debut CD was awarded “Danish debut of the year” and “Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the year” at the Danish Music Awards Folk back in 2006. At the same occasion in both 2012 and 2016, Kristian received the award as ”Danish Folk Artist of the Year!”
Kristian and Sonnich were among the first twelve musicians to receive the honorary title ”Danmarks Rigsspillemænd” (National Danish Folk Musicians) in 2014.
When they perform together, they will also talk about the traditions from back home, how they learned and how the music lives on today and is part of the famous Danish
The band began as a trio back in 2012 and then became a duo in 2017. That has allowed them to dig deeper into the unison playing at the core of Gangspil’s music. It has also opened the opportunity to play with many different musicians, who each contribute an extra dimension. The new album features many such friends, including pianist and harmonium player Malene D. Beck, with whom they regularly perform as a trio in Denmark.
Sonic and Kristian are known from bands like: Baltic Crossing, Habadekuk, Jensen & Bugge, ULC, Marianne Green Band, Wendell & Bugge, and Dronningens Livstykke.
They released their new double album ”Gangspil 2” in November
The U.S. release was celebrated during a three-week tour along the east coast.
Only after that, the Danish/European release occurred at the Copenhagen Folk Club on December 28th 2019.
“This event is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from a vote by the people of Minnesota in 2008.”