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Singing for Dancing Performance

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Norman Kennedy, originally of Aberdeen, Scotland, who will demonstrate how singers sing for dancers in Sweden and Scotland. The audience will get a very special chance to hear Norman Kennedy tell a Viking story from the Island of Barra in Scotland. Norman first heard this story when he was a young man collecting folklore in the Outer Hebrides off of the west coast of Scotland. To his knowledge, it has never been written down. He will be joined by master singer Anders Larsson of Malmö, Sweden.

About Norman Kennedy

In the 1950s, when handweaving all but ceased to exist, the clattering of a few old hand looms behind an Aberdeen, Scotland tenement caught Norman Kennedy’s attention. Drawn to the work, he traveled through the Outer Hebrides learning Gaelic, folksongs and an unbroken textile tradition that stretched back centuries. In 1965, Norman was invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival, returned the following year, and by 1967 was the Master Weaver at Colonial Williamsburg. He founded the Marshfield School of Weaving in 1974, which he ran until it closed for a period beginning in 1992. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized Norman’s remarkable preservation of the folk tradition naming him a National Heritage Fellow in 2003. Norman continues to live in Vermont; spins, weaves and sings; and is a regular presence at the school.

About Anders Larsson

Anders Larsson studied Swedish folk music at the Music Academy in Malmö, Lund University and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. For 25 years he has been working as a musician in a variety of contexts – live performance venues, recorded CDs as well as on radio and television. He has been a guest teacher at the conservatories in Stockholm, Malmö and Arvika and a variety of folk high schools in Sweden. He was responsible for teaching folk music at the Music Academy in Odense, Denmark, for two years. From1999-2014 he worked as a music teacher at Malung Folk High School – one of Sweden's few schools where adults can study full-time folk music. He started the label Nordic Tradition and has managed it since 2004 as well as acting as the primary recording engineer/producer. He has published 7 CDs and has been a studio/session musician on numerous other CDs including traditional Swedish folk music, progressive Swedish folk music and music for children. He currently works as a resident musician and teacher for Musik i Syd, an arts organization in southern Sweden, and tours every year in Minnesota with his group, Trio Larsson.

Appearances by Anders Larsson are sponsored by a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation.

$10 ASI members / $12 non-members


For information, call 612-871-4907

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