Several times a year we partner with local artists and “tradition bearers” to teach us traditions from around the world. Join us on October 28 at Nordia House at Nordic Northwest as we celebrate music, song, and dance of Nordic traditions with a fiddle workshop taught by a master hardingfele (hardanger fiddle) player, a play along with Band of Fools, and a special interactive sneak peek of our upcoming Christmas Revels Show Nordic Lights!
Come for all or part of the day! Purchase your tickets below.
Schedule and ticket information for Nordic Discovery Tradition Days
4:00 p.m. Scandinavian Dance Music Fiddle Workshop with Peter Michaelsen, nationally recognized Master of the Norwegian hardingfele (hardanger fiddle) and Bronze Medal winner in the Zornmärket Swedish National Competition for folk musicians. Open to melody players with a focus on fiddle. Come to play or come to listen and learn traditional dance tunes! $10. (Ticket is only for the Workshop; a separate ticket is required to attend the Revels Sneak Peek.)Buy Fiddle Workshop ticket
5:30 p.m. “Band of Fools” Grab an instrument and join us for Band of Fools with Betsy Branch! All instruments are welcome, and all skill levels. All tunes will be taught by ear. For this date, we will focus on a few lovely Nordic tunes to celebrate our upcoming show. Free, no ticket required.
7:00 p.m. “Nordic Discovery Show-Revels Sneak Peek” Get a sneak peek of our Christmas Revels Show Nordic Lights including beautiful Nordic songs with members of the Revels Chorus, Scandinavian dance with Kim Majors, traditional music with Peter Michaelsen, life size puppets-in-progress, and a time-honored Revels tradition: a sing along Revels style! Adult ticket $15, child ticket $10.Buy Sneak Peek ticket
Our Guest Artists
Kim Majors, dancer, has spent nearly 30 years independently studying and from other tradition bearers both from Scandinavia and the United States, dancing, teaching, performing Scandinavian folk dance, concentrating on Sweden and Norway. She embodies the full range, all parts of the tradition as a dancer, musician, costumer and other folk arts. Kim is happy to share her knowledge of Scandinavian traditional dance with the Portland Revels this year!
Peter Michaelsen is a nationally recognized Master of the Norwegian hardingfele (hardanger fiddle) and Bronze Medal winner in the Zornmärket Swedish National Competition for folk musicians. Peter has been a folk musician for over 35 years, focusing on the traditions of Scandinavia. His powerful style and broad repertoire inspire musicians and dancers alike.
Betsy Branch, Revels Associate Music Director and house fiddler. Betsy joined Revels in 2006. She arranges music for the Revels chorus and instrumental groups as well as appearing on stage with her fiddle in the Christmas Revels. She has been teaching fiddle and violin out of her Portland home since 1999, and she plays regularly for contra and English Country dances both locally and all around the country.