First Friday Mariposa: Music from Scandinavia

On First Friday, March 5th at 7pm, the Mariposa will present “Bringing in the Light—Music, Dance & Folklore from Scandinavia” with Andrea Larson, Henriette Isene, lydia ievins and Gideon and Joanna Morse.fiddles and nyckelharpa

Over the centuries the long Nordic winters were a wealth of creativity. The many hours of darkness not only yielded beautiful handwork, from intricate sweaters to woven rugs but also fiddle tunes were crafted and dance steps enjoyed for hours at a time.

The performance at the Mariposa will include folk songs played on Swedish and Norwegian national instruments, the nyckelharpa and the Hardanger Fiddle and the dances that follow their tunes.

Fiddler extraordinaire, Andrea Larson’s entire repertoire included ballads, mouth-music and fiddle tunes from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia. Prior to moving to New Hampshire in 2001, Andrea toured nationally as a soprano in the Waverly Consort’s “American Journey” program. As a collaborative musician, she has worked with director Richard Schechtner, choreographers Martita Goshen and Liz Claire and composers Glen Velez and Wayne Hankin. The past few Decembers Andrea Larson appeared as the fiddler in the Cambridge and New York City Christmas Revels.

Whether playing Scandinavian, contra or English Country dance music, lydia ievins infuses her fiddling with great musicality, grace and precision. Her love for creating rich harmonic lines led her into exploring the vibrant traditions of Swedish fiddling, and thence into taking up the challenging and haunting nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle, the national instrument of Sweden.

Henriette Isene, originally from Oslo, Norway, has had a lifelong love of music and dance. Her enthusiasm for her native folk songs is infectious, her delivery of them passionate and memorable.

Gideon Morse, is an amazing Norwegian dancer and his wife, seasoned artist Joanna Morse, plays the Hardanger fiddle, the Norwegian national instrument.

Prior to the performance the Mariposa will host a wine and cheese reception from 6-7pm for their ongoing exhibition “Peoples of the North”.

KidCraft from 5-6pm will be Paper-weaving.

All First Friday events are free, donations graciously accepted.

The Mariposa is handicap accessible. For more information phone: 924-4555 or email


Here’s another opportunity to hear and support young traditional musicians. The deadline for performers to apply is mid-April.

*Young Tradition Showcase Contest*

The annual Showcase Contest at Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont is a
primary focus of the annual Young Tradition Weekend. The program for the
contest starts in the mid/late morning on 5/15/10 and finishes by 3pm,
running simultaneously with Kids Day at Waterfront Park. It is designed so
that young singers, players and dancers (25 years old and younger) in
single, duo or group formats can perform 2 or 3 numbers. Participation is
not limited to Vermonters.

Prizes include showcase performances at a variety of concerts, festivals,
coffeehouses and tours, cash ($500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd and $125 for 3rd),
$1000 in scholarships, and more. There are no judges for the contest and
all styles and genres that fit under the ‘folk and traditional’ umbrella are
welcome. There is time for about 20 ‘acts’ and we strive to make sure that
what is presented at the contest is either directly related or inspired by
what is generally considered folk and traditional music or dance….. if you
think it fits, there is a good chance that it does.

Prospective performers who have not participated in the past are asked to
submit an audio and/or video sample. Samples will be returned if
self-addressed, postage-paid packaging is included with the
application. Samples should be e-mailed to
Vermont Traditions

or mailed to:
Young Tradition Vermont
PO Box 163
Fairfax, VT 05454.

We strive for balance in the genres
presented, the instruments used, and the traditions presented, etc. (e.g. we
try to not have just fiddlers, just dancers, just singers, etc.).

Contact Mark Sustic, PO Box 163, Fairfax, VT 05454