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Väsen is coming to Seattle!

Twenty-five-and-a-half years ago, friends Olov Johansson (keyfiddle) and Mikael Marin (violin/viola) were joined by Roger Tallroth on guitar, and Väsen was born. From the beginning, they have used their superb instrumental skills to produce a sound that has become instantly recognizable to those who follow Scandinavian music. They play the traditional standards, they compose their own tunes, and everything they do is done with complete mastery of their instruments. Väsen has toured worldwide for many years and can rightfully be called the first global Scandinavian folk band (ABBA beat them to “global Scandinavian band”).

By special arrangement with the Skandia Folkdance Society, Väsen will be playing one evening only in Seattle. Väsen has been to Seattle before—at the Triple Door, Town Hall, and at Wintergrass in Bellevue. Väsen has not played for a dance in Seattle since 1995.

The evening will begin with a listening concert. During the second half, a portion of the hall will be cleared of chairs for dancing, while still leaving enough seating for those that wish to listen and not dance. But be warned—this music is too lively to keep the feet still!

This will be a very beginner-friendly dance; a short lesson introducing some appropriate dances will be offered, as well.

Because we love to dance and want to see as many people as possible on the dance floor, we are keeping the cost as low as we can. Väsen concerts can cost as much as $30, but this concert and dance will be only $15 for the entire evening.

Don’t miss this trio of master Swedish musicians playing their signature style of high-energy, richly ornamented, and harmonized Swedish folk music.

Skandia members! Bring your friends; this will be a perfect introduction to Scandinavian folk dance. We want to see a lot of new faces! And bring some goodies to share, too. We aren’t using the kitchen, so please, just finger food that needs only napkins. Let’s make this a fun and welcoming event for everyone!

Questions? Email

Väsen Concert and Dance
Sunday July 19, 7–10pm
Latvian Community Center
11710 - 3rd Ave. NE, Seattle 98125
$15 suggested donation at the door

Volunteers are needed; you can donate your time, instead of your money. Email for more information.

Väsen’s appearance in Seattle is organized by the Skandia Folkdance Society and is supported by a grant from Bart Brashers and Bob Hamilton.

—Bob Hamilton