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June 22, 2023
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Time Details:
4-6 PM, Workshop; 7-8:30PM, Performance
7730 61st Ave NE
Olympia, WA 68506
Workshop - $40 - Registration required Performance - Free - NO registration required
Two musicians playing musical instruments
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Gangspil - Workshop & Performance

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Sonnich Lydom and Kristian Bugge will guarantee you an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. This lively group performs old dance tunes and long forgotten songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road. Gangspil have toured intensively and played more than 120 shows in North America since 2015! - as well as a good number in other parts of the world. The group has become a well-known name in trad- and folk circles both home in Scandinavia and abroad. In 2016 they received the "Tradition Award" at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy!)

Note: A Discover Pass or day-use parking pass is required for vehicle access to the park, available for purchase in the shelter parking lot. Parking at Tolmie is limited. Please consider carpooling to these events. 

4-6 PM Workshop: Registration is required.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced musicians. Ages 12 and older are welcome!

The award winning Gangspil duo is bringing merry tunes from their home country of Denmark to share with everybody! Come bring your instruments and learn Danish traditional tunes! 

Workshop takes place at the indoor shelter at Tolmie State Park. 

7-8:30 PM Performance: No registration is required.

This free concert by Gangspil takes place in the Tolmie Outdoor Amphitheater! Bring food, blankets, and friends to enjoy the performance! Seating is limited. Parking is limited. Carpooling is highly recommended. For more info,

Sonnich (accordion, harmonica, vocal) is a master of Irish, French-Canadian, and especially Danish traditional tunes. During the last 25 years he’s been leading the revival for diatonic accordion and harmonica in the Danish folk music. Sonnich holds a special place in his heart for the music from the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He is also know from his work with the ULC trio and later quintet. ULC received the Danish Music Award in the category "Folk Album of the year" in both 2001 and 2004!

Kristian (fiddle, vocal) has specialized in the strong Danish folk music traditions. He is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher. His debut CD was awarded "Danish debut of the year" and "Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the year" at the Danish Music Awards Folk back in 2006. At the same occasion in both 2012 and 2016, Kristian received the award as ”Danish Folk Artist of the Year!” More info:

In case of weather, concert will take place in the enclosed shelter. There is limited amphitheater seating. We recommend bringing a lawn chair if you have one. 

Note: A Discover Pass or day-use parking pass is required for vehicle access to the park, available for purchase in the shelter parking lot. Parking at Tolmie is limited. Please consider carpooling to these events. 

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