Lanesboro Arts hosting two Scandinavian music acts on April 22
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:19 AM
The Lanesboro Arts will present an evening with Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra and Rävlek, two Minnesota bands that specialize in the traditional music of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra is a fun-loving group of musicians that play Scandinavian dances from times gone by. The band consists of Paul Wilson, Mary Abendroth, Char Bostrom and Art Bjongjeld.
Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra plays fiddles, accordions, pump organ and guitar while singing some funny Scandinavian vaudeville songs that have been known to occasionally make Lutheran ladies smile.
Rävlek is a duo fueled by polska and Norwegian Cod Liver Oil that performs traditional Scandinavian roots music with a contemporary feel.
The group features Jon-Anders Persson on the fiddle and Renee Vaughan on nyckelharpa.
Jon-Anders was born and raised in Sweden and has been a musician most of his life. Music from his Swedish Uppland roots includes the bondpolska, which he has played at various festivals and workshops throughout the U.S.
Jon-Anders also received several years schooling in classical violin from Vladislav Coufal from the Czech Republic. He helped Vaughan learn how to play the nyckelharpa, a rustic, earthy and spiritual traditional instrument that has been around in one form or another for over 700 years.
A fun-loving, quick witted and enthusiastic lover of all things Scandinavian, Vaughan has performed for the King and Queen of Sweden in her other group, the Nordic Bees, and is a self-described “romantic sucker for waltzes and minor key schottisches.”
Tickets are $15 each or $12 for Lanesboro Arts member. They are available online at www.lanesboroarts.org; at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery, 507-467-2446; and at the St. Mane Theatre box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the concert.
The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue N. in Lanesboro, Minnesota.