The trio of Lydom, Bugge and Høirup comes from Denmark and consists of some of Denmark's most well known and multi-awarded musicians. Between the three of them, they've received no less than eighteen Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy) for their work with Danish Folk Music. The trio had its U.S. debut at The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in summer 2015 and what a great time they had! Afterwards festival director Peter McCracken stated: "- Just the best f... Danish music you’ll ever hear in your lifetime!"
5 PM, Friday, June 17 - arena stage
10 AM, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall stage
12 noon, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall stage
2 PM, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall stage
1 PM, Sunday, June 19, exhibit hall stage
Septentrio from Sweden performs charming and elegant Nordic folk tunes in a style described as "chamber folk music.” The trio has a rare combination of 5-row free bass accordion, violin and 5-string cello which makes them unique in the world. Cellist Leonor Palazzo of Belgian and Argentine roots has a background in Baroque and classical music. Teacher and composer Hans Kennemark plays the fiddle which is the standard folk instrument of Sweden, and Hannu Kella, an accordionist from Finland, weaves and solos with the other players. Septentrio presents original compositions and arrangements as well as traditional Swedish folk music. Financial support for Septentrio’s travel to Astoria comes from the Swedish Arts Council.
3 PM, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall
4:30 PM, Saturday, June 18 - arena
10:30 AM, Sunday, June 19 - arena
3 PM, Sunday, June 19 - exhibit hall
NORDIC VIKING DANCERS
Astoria’s own dance group includes dancers from second grade to adults. The NORDIC DANCERS are the youngest group and several members are performing at their first midsummer festival. Experienced teen-age dancers make up the VIKING DANCERS but several fathers also participate . This group is always open to new members! Parents of dancers and former dancers and adults interested in Scandinavian folk dancing form the SCANDIA DANCERS. The Nordic Viking Dancers are led by Kevin Ladd and Bev Hoofnagle.
7 PM, Friday, June 17 at Queen’s Coronation
10 AM, Saturday, June 18 - arena
3:30 PM, Saturday, June 18 - arena
12:30 PM, Sunday, June 18 - arena
2:30 - 4 PM, Sunday, June 19 - arena
LEIKARRINGEN OF PORTLAND DANCERS
“Leikarringen” means circle or round dance. The priority of this group is the preservation of Nordic culture. LEIKARRINGEN OF PORTLAND is open to youths ages 4 and up. New dancers begin each year while some have danced for fifteen years or more. This long dance tradition is rich with tunes and dance steps from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and even Estonia. Dances are generally fast-paced and a recent addition to Leikarringen has been their own group of musicians who perform on traditional instruments. LEIKARRINGEN is led by Christie Stilson and is sponsored by the Daughters of Norway and Norske Runddansere.
12:30 PM, Saturday, June 18 - arena
2 PM, Saturday, June 18 - arena
Since 1987, NORDLYS from Portland, has been performing Scandinavian folk dances to audiences throughout Washington and Oregon. This diverse group of dancers include a master seamstress, teachers, engineers, retirees and medical and dental professionals. Many of their costumes reflect the dancer's place of heritage. NORDLYS is proudly sponsored by the Vancouver (WA) Sons of Norway.
11:30 AM, Sunday, June 19 - arena
1:30 PM, Sunday, June 19 - arena
The Squeezer and the Geezer
Coreen Bergholm learned to play accordion in an immigrant community in North Dakota and now spends winters performing around Yuma, Arizona, where she met Ken Presthus, tuba and trombone player. This duo is back after an absence last year and we know you will enjoy their music and shenanigans in the beer garden.
2 PM, Saturday, June 18 - beer garden
4 PM, Saturday, June 18 - beer garden
VASA YOUTH GROUP
The littlest dancers at the festival come from Portland and will perform at the festival on Saturday. This group of Swedish dancers is led by Christine Smith. Catch them leading the dancing around the Midsummer Pole and performing in the arena.
12 noon, Saturday, June 19 - dancing at the Midsummer Pole on the front lawn
1:30 PM, Saturday, June 19 - arena
3:00 PM, Saturday, June 19 - arena
RYAN PHILLIPS grew up in Astoria and learned to play accordion at home and in the community. Catch him in the dining area of the Exhibit Hall during breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Karuna from Finland is another feature group for the 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Accordionist Teija Niku will look familiar as she was in Astoria before as a member of the Polka Chicks and performed in Rosburg (WA) with Allotar. This Finnish folk music trio combines the sounds of the Swedish national instrument nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) and accordion with the rich harmonies of piano and reed organ. In addition to Teija Niku on accordion, Esko Järvelä plays nyckelharpa and violin, and Juha Kujanpää plays piano. Financial support for Karuna’s travel to Astoria comes from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the Finland Society.
6 PM, Friday, June 17 - arena stage
11 AM, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall
1 PM, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall
4 PM, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall
12 noon, Sunday, June 19 - exhibit hall
2 PM, Sunday, June 19 - exhibit hall
Returning for the Queen’s Ball on Friday evening after the Coronation will be local favorite Coreen Bergholm and her band, Scandinavian Country. Coreen learned to play accordion in an immigrant community in North Dakota and now spends winters performing around Yuma, Arizona, where she met Ken, the tuba and trombone player. This is the band that plays the local favorite dances like the Varsouvienne, the Butterfly and the Irish Waltz as well as polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and hambos. They even play the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey!
8-11 PM, Friday, June 17 - Queen’s Ball in the exhibit hall
SHANGHAIED IN ASTORIA is a locally written play that runs July through September at the ASTOR STREET OPRY, 129 West Bond Street, Uniontown Astoria. Now in its 32nd season, Shanghaied is part-vaudeville, part-soap opera, and part 1950’s style Hollywood musical, all combined into a fun and entertaining look at traditional local cultural folklore, including immigrant cannery workers from Scandinavia. What originated as a celebration of Astoria tradition has become a tradition itself and you don’t want to miss it! Catch Shanghaied cast members performing their olio acts in the beer garden at festival on Saturday.
1 PM, Saturday, June 18 - beer garden
3 PM, Saturday, June 18 - beer garden
5 PM, Saturday, June 18 - beer garden
DOUBLE J AND THE BOYS
“Lively and fun” gives a hint about DOUBLE J AND THE BOYS from the Long Beach Peninsula and the unusual variety of their music. With Charlie Watkins on accordion, Judy Eron on guitar and oboe, Janet Clark on fiddle and mandolin, and Bill Clark on tenor guitar, their music spans the world – including Sweden and Norway, of course – but also Ireland, Venezuela… and Texas. Judy writes new tunes every year and has even learned to yodel! Double J is excited to return to the Festival again this year. Catch them in the beer garden on Friday and Saturday.
5-7 PM, Friday, June 17 - beer garden
6-8 PM, Saturday, June 18 - beer garden
NORDLEIK OF POULSBO
NORDLEIK hales from Poulsbo and is making its second appearance at the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Jane Landstra and Ken Embrey met in Mendocino, California, over three decades ago and have been playing music ever since “wherever we go.” Sometimes they call their band Country Capers and play ancient and modern Scottish and Irish tunes but in Astoria they will mostly perform tunes from the Norwegian and Swedish fiddling traditions. Jane plays Celtic and Scandinavian fiddle, including hardanger fiddle. Ken plays fiddle as well as two row “torader” accordion, several Cajun squeeze boxes, concertina, guitar and munn (mouth) harp.
4 PM, Friday, June 17 - arena
8-10 PM, Friday, June 17 - beer garden
11 AM -12:20 PM, Saturday, June 18 - arena (may be shortened in case of rain)
10 AM - Sunday, June 19 - exhibit hall
11 AM - Sunday, June 19 - special music during church service
The Seattle band that appeared on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion in 2015, Skolkis, will perform for the Saturday night dance. This group includes fiddlers Emma Anderson, Martha Levenson, Vicki Watt Warshaw, and guitarist EJ Landsman. They play the music of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and pay tribute to master musicians who inspired them. The result is music that lightens the heart and step, lifts the spirit, and prompts an audience to clamor for more. Their music creates joy that lingers and energy that sends feet to the dance floor. The group’s name, in Swedish, means “playing hooky,” and it’s a good fit for the group’s playful stage presence. Skolkis “cut its teeth” playing for dances in Seattle and for several years has been a featured group at the Northwest Folklife Festival.
7-10 PM, Saturday, June 18 - Dancers’ Ball in the Exhibit Hall, dance basics lesson starts at 6:30.
VIKING ENCAMPMENT BY THE EMPIRE OF CHIVALRY AND STEEL
The EMPIRE OF CHIVALRY AND STEEL specializes in the recreation of the culture of the Middle Ages, including the art forms, events (feasts, tournaments, ceremonies and wars), and combat arts from that period. The purpose of this nonprofit educational corporation is to study (and teach the general public) ideals and history from 800 AD to 1650 AD within the geographical boundaries of Europe and to provide an organized effort in the collection, interpretations and distribution of historical data through publication and demonstration. Empire of Chivalry and Steel participants will open their Viking Encampment to the public on Saturday and Sunday and provide demonstrations of Viking sword fighting and amour making on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
10 AM - 6 PM, Saturday, June 17 - outdoors
10 AM - 4 PM, Sunday, June 17 - outdoors
1 PM, Saturday, June 18 - Viking Demonstrations - outdoors
2 PM, Saturday, June 18 - Chainmail Making - outdoors
3 PM, Saturday, June 18 - Loom Demonstration - outdoors
12 noon, Sunday, June 19 - Loom Demonstration - outdoors
1 PM, Sunday, June 19 - Viking Demonstrations - outdoors
2 PM, Sunday, June 19 - Chainmail Making - outdoors
LOL Kids Chorus
LOL Kids Chorus is a community chorus for kids who live in the Naselle, Washington area. LOL means “LAULAA Out Loud.” This chorus was formed especially for the 2016 Finnish-American Folk Fest which will take place in Naselle July 29-31, 2016.
5 PM, Friday, June 17, Exhibit Hall