Another two seasons have come and gone and here we are at the start of February '15. The band continues to bolster its repertoire of "listening" tunes while periodically oiling up the gammaldans machinery to keep that in good working order.
We've got new tunes by Maar (who were at Nisswa-Stämman last year), Morten Hoirup, Swåp, Kristian Bugge, Geitungen, and Nordafjells.
We'll be back at Nisswa-Stämman this June 12-13th and in the meantime are at The Contented Cow in Northfield, MN every first and third Sunday afternoon from 3-5:30 where they are now featuring Aquavit Bloody Marys and pølser med lefse. Come check it out and hang loose with us for awhile!
Hey all – we just got back from the annual Nisswa Stamman where we once again had a great time playing and mingling with a wide variety of other musicians from here and abroad that share our passion for Nordic folk music. Be sure to check out the Stamman's website for a treasure trove of photos and videos that'll give you a good recap of what you experienced or a vicarious one if you couldn't attend this year.
Please check our calendar to see upcoming gigs and remember that we will be at the Contented Cow in Northfield every other Sunday afternoon from 3-5:30 going forward. Which Sundays? You'll need to check that calendar because of vacation schedules for band members etc., so look there to be sure.
Hope to see many of you soon!
Beers on the patio of the Contented Cow again – finally! We were starting to wonder if the ice bar they had out there this winter would ever go away. Last year, Multe played there as early as March with no more than light jackets on. It sure was a different story this year.
The band is gearing up for another fun season of outdoor (and indoor) playing by kicking things off with a return to the Nisswa Stamman where we'll be featured in two locations this year.
After the Festival's kick off concert Friday night June 6th, we'll be at the American Legion, just down the road from the Festival grounds, taking the stage at 10pm for a half hour of great music for dancers and listeners alike. The following day, Saturday June 7th, we'll be on the Festival grounds in the Dance Barn where you'll find us serving up the dance tunes for a half an hour starting at 2pm. We'll be at the Legion later on for the dance that night too for a brief spot around 10:30.
We hope to see a lot our friends and fans there again like we did last year, it's such a unique event.
We are also playing regularly at The Contented Cow now every other Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 5 or 6. Come join us for a well deserved libation before dinner and get to know our growing concert playlist so well suited to just listening and relaxing to.
Hope to see you all soon!
I guess we did or at least we forgot to post anything. Must have been because we've been so busy learning new tunes and trying new instruments on for size! Let's see…Doug is playing munnharpe (jaw harp) on a tune called "Å Kjøre Vatn, å Kjøre Ved", while Jer plays mountain dulcimer and Glenn plays octave mandolin; and then there's yours truly who sings and plays a Nashville tuned guitar on it.
We've definitely gotten a little further into the listening type of music but are ever ready for dancers as always.
We just played last night at the Contented Cow for Northfield's annual Winter Walk which was another "pop-up" gig (like so many are for us) with mere days to try to get the word out. It was a great time, with Dolce following up with their lovely woodwind sounds.
We'll be at the Cow again December 21 from 5-7pm for the Winter Solstice party, so please join us for that if you can.
Have a great Holiday season!
Funny how everyone always says – "wait until summer when we'll have more time" – does anyone really have more time in the summer? I think most of us tend to get a lot busier, just with stuff that's more fun maybe! Family reunions, vacations, weddings, quick getaways to the North Shore, etc.
Multe has been getting together as often as we can for practices and learning some very interesting new tunes that include vocals and one that features a mountain dulcimer. We're throwing in some harmonica here and there too. What you say? MORE REEDS? Sure, why not. Very different sounding. And even a munnharpe on one (finally)!
We just played at Valley Grove Church in the old stone sanctuary for a wedding last weekend and a fine time was had by all. The wedding party observed several Norwegian traditions and encouraged guests to dress in circa 1910 clothing styles.
As we softly played a beautiful Finnish wedding march for just the remaining newlyweds, they fell under its spell and drifted through the last dance of the night in happy exhaustion.
We'll be at the Contented Cow next Saturday, August 24th at 6 p.m. playing for our bassist's cancer surgery Benefit. The public is most welcome to join us!
Multe just returned from performing at the annual Nisswa Stamman in Nisswa, the best and biggest outdoor Nordic music festival in Minnesota, and let me tell you – we had a blast!
We played a set in the cozy confines of the Summer Kitchen venue where we led off with one of our favorite signature tunes, the hauntingly beautiful Finnish wedding march, Häämarssi. It was the perfect little space to hear that tune blossom into its fullest magic. The rest was polka, waltz and reinlender to show the very appreciative audience the full range of what we do. We even had a wonderful vocal from Ruth that people loved!
At the dances Friday and Saturday, we were "in-betweeners", proving our mettle as first timers to the festival by doing some songs as the sound crew readied the next stage acts. We waded into the middle of the dance floor and let go full steam while all the dancers around us turned into a swirling kaleidoscope of color and energy. It was fantastic to be in their midst playing in a circle like that!
We are certainly looking forward to returning next year and seeing many old and new friends and fans – we hope you're among them!
Some more good news for all you fans and folks – they found a slot for us at Nisswa-Stamman, so we’ll be there for Minnesota’s pre-eminent outdoor Nordic music festival that takes place the second weekend in June.
As of now, we’ll be appearing in the summer kitchen, one of several venues on the grounds of the festival. There is also a chance that we will be playing a few tunes at the dances but we’ll have to wait and see what’s open there and what we’re asked to do. Since dance music is our specialty, we certainly hope they can plug us in somewhere for a part of that action!
St. Urho’s/St. Patrick’s day at the Cow was a great experience like all dates at the Cow and we were pleased as punch (thanks Hubert) to see so many of you there having a great time.
We’ll probably be at the Cow for Norwegian Constitution Day, aka: Syttende Mai, May 17th, as we've almost always been, so check their calendar coming up.
If you've never been to Nisswa for the Nisswa-Stamman – this would be a great year to check it out and become a regular!