Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Gerry Rodeo Grounds, Gerry NY

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The Entertainers

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Showcase Extravaganza

Friday and Saturday 7 PM to 8:30 PM

A quick moving series of performances with Master of Ceremonies — Dennis Webster

Including all the following:

  • Swedish Wooden Horn Fanfare
  • Razz and Friends
  • Gary Kindberg singing with recording of Gunard "Kinky" Kindberg
  • Tants Muziky
  • Fiddle Players
  • Brass Horn Quintet
  • Folk Dancing
  • Sing Along with Svenska Spelmän
  • Peter Puma Hedlund
  • Bagpipe Tribute to Norm Owen
  • Jam Session
  • More Surprises

Tants Muziky

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Tants Muziky is an all instrumental, folk music group from Canton, Ohio. They have been performing publicly for over 30 years under other names as well. Their performances are occasionally custom tailored to suit the event such as the Scandinavian Folk Festival in Jamestown NY. They will be playing traditional instrumental dance music from all of the Scandinavian countries as well as lecturing and demonstrating some of the more exotic folk instruments such as the Moraharpa, Hardanger fiddle, Kantele, Humle & Scyth Blade. In addition to their performances, Tants Muziky will have a presentation in the lecture building about their instruments and music.

Peter Puma Hedlund

Peter Puma Hedlund

We are honored that Peter Puma Hedlund is returning to the Festival. Considered to be the best chromatic nyckelharpa player in the world, he provides a rare glimpse into this rare traditional instrument of Sweden.

World Fiddle Day was May 20, 2017 and Peter Puma Hedlund was the Patron for World Fiddle Day. Peter Hedlund is considered by many to be Sweden's foremost player of the chromatic nyckelharpa. As a teenager in 1975 he received the Peter Zorn Badge in silver for "Tradition-conscious playing of traditional tunes on the nyckelharpa", earning the recognition of the title "Riksspelman". In 2010 he received the Zorn Gold Medal which is the highest honor one can receive in Swedish Folk Music.

Peter's music is a perfect example of continuity, an unbroken tradition that links yesterday with the present and future. His technique is second to none and characterized by extraordinary tone and imaginative ornamentation. His interpretation of traditional tunes is built on a powerful personal understanding of the tradition and a deep commitment to the music. His tone and approach resonates with strong echoes of old times and the old masters of the genre such as the legendary Eric Sahlström.

Peter is a greatly sought after teacher on a global scale and can be rightly thought of as influencing all of the younger generation of nyckelharpa players. He is seen as one of the most important figures in the modern development and playing of the instrument. He lives in Iste, Hälsingland, together with Karin and their sons Mathias and Jonas.

Besides performing, Peter will provide education and the opportunity to examine the instrument. For students of the nyckelharpa, or any instrument, individual or small group classes can be arranged. Contact Don Sandy at dsandy@netsync.net or 716-665-0883 if interested.

Razz and Friends

Ralph Rasmussen is well known in Southern Chautauqua County and we welcome him and his fellow musicians to share some Swedish tunes and other jazzy selections.

Jamestown Municipal Band

The Jamestown Municipal Band will return for a concert of Scandinavian music on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM. The band, under the direction of Richard Lundquist, performs at the Allen Park Band Shell during the summer and we are honored to have them be part of the Festival. Strike up the Band!

Jamestown Municipal Band

Svenska Spelmän

Performing at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, NY
Svenska Spelmän will be returning to the Festival with their unique sound of gammeldans music. Their performance focuses on the traditional waltz, polka, schottis, hambo, snoa and ganglot. The group consists of Kathy Petersen on the fiddle and nyckelharpa, Cheryl Ritch on the fiddle, Tom Gestwicki on the mandolin/guitar/banjo/vocal, Donald Sandy on the accordion, and Tim Cudney on the upright bass who is currently on medical leave.
All members are from Chautauqua County.

The Thule Lodge Swedish Folk Dancers

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The adult and children folk dance teams from the Thule Lodge, Vasa Order of America,
have been a popular performing group in the Jamestown area for many years.
They have played a major role in preserving Scandinavian Folk dancing
as they pass the traditions on from one generation to another.

One of their special performances is the Ox Dance, a mock fight between two gentlemen
over the love of a girl. The fun they have in performing their dances is demonstrated in their style.

Vasa Voices

Vasa Voices

From Cleveland, Ohio we welcome Vasa Voices. This chorus will share selections of Swedish as well as American music.

Viking Mixed Chorus

The Viking Chorus is one of Jamestown's unique Swedish groups. The Viking Chorus has been singing for many years. They are members of the American Union of Swedish Singers. Their performance includes selections of both Swedish and English standards. The Chorus is under the direction of Mickey Sandberg and is accompanied by Cindy Robison.

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