Chicago Spelmanslag is the Chicago area's very own local, "home-town"
Scandinavian Folk Band.
Our name comes from a traditional custom common throughout the
Scandinavian countries, whereby each town would have its own local band
consisting of that town's musicians, who would come together to provide
the music for the region's dance parties, festivals, and special events.
In keeping with this custom, our musicians are primarily folk fiddlers
from throughout the Chicago area. We also incorporate a variety of
other instruments, however, which are less well known, including the
nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), hardingfele (Norwegian Hardanger
fiddle, incorporating 'sympathetic' under-strings), tussefløyte
(Norwegian recorder), and munnharpa (jawharp). In addition, we utilize
some instruments which are relatively more recent to Scandinavian folk
music, such as guitar, string bass, and cello.
Founded in the autumn of 1990 in the wake of a Chicago performance by
the Norwegian folk band Dalakopa, we are currently celebrating our 20th
year of playing the traditional folk music of Scandinavia. We have been
privileged to play for a great variety of folk music and ethnic
festivals, both in-town and out of state as well. But what we enjoy
most is playing for local folks who share in our passion for the folk
music and dance of Norway, Sweden, and the other Scandinavian countries.
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