Sunday, August 18, 2013

Folk Duo The Blue & The Blond Begins U.S. Tour

The Midwest might be considered flyover country by some, but when it comes to Nordic music, there's plenty going on. This month is no exception. As summer winds down, folk music enthusiasts can look forward to a visit from the Nordic duo The Blue & The Blond on their first American tour. 

The duo consists of Jutta Rahmel, from Finland, and Vidar Skrede, from Norway, each singing and performing on their respective countries’ national instruments—kantele and hardingfele

While I'm looking forward to seeing Rahmel perform for the first time, I've been a fan of Skrede for years, both as a solo performer and as a member of the trio Geitungen. There's every reason to believe this newest partnership will yield equally enchanting results. Check out a few of The Blue & The Blond's tunes on their Bandcamp site

While the pair's tour started Aug. 17 at Idun Lodge in Madison, Wisc., there are still plenty of opportunities to see them. Catch them at one of the following venues: 

Aug 21—2nd Annual Door County Nordic Fiddle Fest, Baileys Harbor, Wis.
Aug 23—Ceska Opera House, Haugen, Wis.
Aug 24—Dalton Opera House, Dalton, Minn.

Aug 25—Bethania Lutheran Church Decorah, Iowa
Aug 27—The Contented Cow, Northfield, Minn.
Sep 01—Scanfest at Vasa Park, Hackettstown, New Jersey
Sep 06—Mindekirken, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sep 07—Nordic Music Festival at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, Excelsior, Minn.

Sep 12—Norway Hall, Duluth, Minn.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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