This page contains historical information from January 2001 to August 2006.
2006, June 17 – Midsommar in Kansas City – Musicians were Byron, Jill, Theresa and Ruth(?).
2006, June 9 & 10 – Theresa & I traveled to the Nisswa Stämman, Nisswa, MN. It was an amazing festival; I felt like I was in Scandinavia. We participated in a fiddle workshop led by Magnus Gustafsson & Anders Svensson. We enjoyed listening to all of the music and dancing in the evening!
2006, January 14 – Vasa Christmas Party in Kansas City.
2005, December 3 – Played in Olsburg, KS for their Christmas dinner. Musicians were Byron and Jill.
2005, December 2 – Produced a Norwegian concert featuring Karen Solgård at our local historical train depot in conjunction with the Norwegian Heritage Society’s Christmas dinner.
2005, October 8 – Svensk Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg. Byron, Jill Brandenburg and Sara Holmberg were the ‘roving musicians,’ playing Scandinavian music downtown during the festivities.
2005, October 1- Nordic Heritage Festival in Lawrence. Theresa and I played music at my display.
2005, August 21 – Played civil war era fiddle tunes for the vigil honoring the victims of Quantrill’s Raid at the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Theresa Martin is holding the umbrella.
2005, August 11 – Provided Norwegian folk music selection assistance for Marianna Vogt’s production of ‘The Master Builder’ by Henrik Ibsen in Kansas City.
2005, July 19 – We played at our first Tuesday concert (sponsored by Larry Carter) at the Signs of Life Coffee Shop, Bookstore and Art Gallery. Musicians were Byron, Theresa (on cello), Brooks Herndon, Larry Carter and Jennifer Bryan.
2005, June 11 – Played at the Midsommar celebration in Kansas City. Musicians were Byron and Jill.
2005, June 4 – Dance party at Rosa’s.
2005, April 30 – Played dance music for the Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Kansas City’s 25th anniversary event at Immanuel Lutheran Church. I was joined by Mirav Singer, Jennifer Bryan and Jill Brandenburg(?).
2005, March 21 – Produced a Norwegian concert featuring Vestifor – Toby Weinberg, Ginny Lee and Mikkel Thompson.
2005, Jan 13 – Facklan Christmas party.
2005, January 8 – Dance party at Rosa’s. Jill and Byron provided music. This is one of my favorite photos – taken by Theresa.
2004, December 10 – Gave a musical presentation to the Danish Brotherhood in Lenexa. Musicians were Jill and Byron.
2004, December 3 – Dance party at Wil & Rosa’s.
2004, November 13 – Dance party at Wil & Rosa’s.
2004, October 9 – Dance party at Wil & Rosa’s.
2004, October 2 – Nordic Heritage Festival, Lawrence.
2004, August 7 – Dance party at Wil & Rosa’s place in Kansas City. Musicians were flautist Angela Rowland and myself.
2004, June 28 – Played a warm up slot for an evening Sesquicentennial event in Lawrence. Byron, Jill Brandenberg and Brooks Herndon played Civil War era tunes for the crowd.
2004, June 26 – Territorial Days, Lecompton, KS. Doug Nickel (guitar) and I have played old fiddle tunes near Constitution Hall for many years, probably starting in 2001.
2004, June 19 – Midsommar at the Hollis Renewal Center – Musicians were Byron & Jill(?) and Richard(?).
2004, May 1 – Dance party and potluck at Wil & Rosa’s.
2004, Feb 7 – Dance party at Wil & Rosa’s.
2004, Feb 7 – I gave a presentation to the Scandinavian Women’s Society on Scandinavian Musical Instruments. Jill and Lauralyn accompanied me.
2004, January 10 – Facklan Christmas party.
2003, December 6 – Potluck and dance party at Wil & Rosa’s.
2003, November 8 – Potluck and dance party at Wil & Rosa’s. Musicians were Byron, Jill (others?)
2003, November 3 – Sara Holmberg and Byron Wiley finish a track for the Americana Music Academy Sampler CD. We played ‘Pollonesse med förstämda strängar’ composed by Per Söderblom from Årsunda, Gästrikland, Sweden. Used the group name Ingevalds Spelmän on this project.
2003, October 18 – Jill Brandenburg, Sara Holmberg & Byron played around town during the Svensk Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg, Kansas.
2003, August 27 – Dance party at Rosa’s. Christa S. joined me that evening to play music.
2003, July 20 to 26 – The grand AmeriKappleik event sponsored by the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America. This multi day event started with a fantastic music and dance concert in Stoughton, WI and then moving to Northfield, MN at St. Olaf College for the rest of the events which included music and dance workshops, lectures/presentations, evening dance parties, a talent showcase concert, evening concerts, etc. That was one of the most memorable events that I have attended.
2003, July 17 & 18- I organized a concert in Lawrence and in Kansas City featuring master Hardanger fiddler, Torgeir Straand. It was a spectacular musical event where he played tunes learned from Anund Roheim.
2003, July 12 – Dance party and potluck dinner at Wil & Rosa’s house. Musicians were Jill and Pam Sherod.
2003, June – Midsommar celebration at the Hollis Renewal Center in Bonner Springs. Jill and I provided music.
2003, April – I provided video footage (that I filmed) to Pellerin Multimedia’s DVD production of “The Lord of the Rings II – the Two Towers. This footage (although short), shows an example of the Hardanger Fiddle being played since this instrument was featured on the soundtrack of the movie. Håkon Høgemo is the fiddler.
2002, November 3 – The Nordic Heritage Society organized their first annual Nordic Heritage Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Musicians for this first program were Byron, Jill, Richard Lungstrum, and Pam Sherrod.
2002, October 12 – Scandinavian potluck dinner and dance party at Wil & Rosa’s.
2002, October – I joined Americana Music Academy’s teaching team.
2002, June 14 – Dance party at Rosa’s. Jill, Pam Sherod and Byron provided music.
2002, May 31 – Played Scandinavian tunes for a Scandinavian shop (Scandinavian Country) in Excellsior Springs, MO. Musicians were Byron, Jill Brandenburg, and Richard Lungstrum.
2002, May 6 – Byron and Lauralyn played outside the public library for the National Music Week Celebration.
2002, May 4 – Scandinavian dance and potluck at Wil & Rosa’s in Kansas City. Musicians were Byron, Lauralyn(?).
2002, Feb 26 – Dance Party at Rosa’s – Brooks, Jill and Byron provided music.
2002, Feb 23 – Byron, Jill and Richard provided Scandinavian music for the Maskeraden play in Kansas City.
2002, January 26 – Brooks, Jill and Byron played for a dance party at Rosa’s.
2002, January 12 – Facklan (VASA) Christmas party in Kansas City. Byron and Jill played.
2001, October 26 to 28 – Swedish music and dance weekend at Folklore Village. I have attended several of these over the years.
2001, October 13 – Svensk Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg. (I am pretty sure this is the correct date, matching with the photos). Richard, Jill and Byron played for the Kansas City Scandinavian dancers on the main town square. This particular event was extremely windy. At one point the music stand became destabilized and was heading off the stage when Jill’s foot hit the lower leg, preventing disaster during the performance. I nearly expressed an expletive.
2001, October 6 – Dance party at Wil and Rosa’s.
2001, September 1 – Dance party at Will and Rosa’s.
2001, July 28 – Dance party at Rosa’s. Musicians were Byron, Lauralyn Bodle, and John Lowther.
2001, June 23 – Midsommar at the Hollis Center. Byron, Jill Brandenburg, Lauralyn Bodle and Richard Lungstrum provided Scandinavian music.
2001, May 26 – I accompanied the Scandinavian Dancers on a trip to Elk Horn Iowa’s Danish Celebration.
2001, May 4 – Played at a Scandinavian shop in Excellsior Springs, MO. Musicians were Byron, Richard Lungstrum, Lauralyn Bodle.
2001, April 7 – Dance party at Rosa’s. Lauralyn Bodle, John Lowther and Byron provided music.
2001. February 3 – Dance party at Wil & Rosa’s. Byron, John Lowther and (other?) were the musicians.
2001, January 18 – I arrived back in the States overloaded with good memories, information (that needed sorting), new tunes, photos, video and a bad case of reverse culture shock (which took a while to shake off).
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