"Bingsjö Bootcamp"! Scandi Winter Fest – February 8-9, 2020
A weekend of music and dance!
Featuring fiddle instruction by Andrea Hoag of Tucson, Arizona
A rare opportunity to play with a master!
Special 2nd Saturday Dance Party with Andrea and Scandi Band — FREE!
About the workshop:
This two-day “Bingsjö Bootcamp” music workshop will explore techniques for playing the Bingsjo Polska, a dance style from the Bingsjö region of Sweden that is also a favorite of American Scandinavian dancers. We’ll concentrate on playing Bingsjo tunes with proper phrasing and “feel” to energize the dance crowd. Our instructor, Andrea Hoag, studied in depth in Sweden with elder tradition-bearers Pekkos Gustaf and Nils Agenmark, masters of the Bingsjö fiddling dialect
Workshop musicians are also invited to play in an “Allspel” set during Saturday evening’s dance party. We’ll hold an Allspel practice session Saturday afternoon to run through the tunes.
While the workshop is geared to fiddle players, other musicians with an interest in traditional Scandinavian music are also invited. For information, call 801-599-0850.
For dancers, we will hold a beginners' Bingsjö Polska class on Saturday afternoon led by our own Bonnie Baty and Tom Oesleby. Everyone is welcome!
Saturday, 9:30–noon, 1:30–4:00 pm
Allspel is 4:15–5:15 pm
Sunday, 10:30 am–1:00 pm
Dance: Beginner's Bingsjö Polska Class
Saturday, 1:30-4:00 pm
plus Sunday Joint review with band, 12 noon–1:00 pm
2nd Saturday Dance Party, 7:30–10 pm, Free!
Preregister and Save, Postmarked by January 30
Above, Workshop session from Spring, 2019, Photo by T Oesleby
Photos of Andrea by Michael G. Stewart
Preregistration is open! Please share the registration form and poster with friends!
Andrea Hoag A Grammy nominee, recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and winner of Washington Area Music Awards “Best Traditional Folk Instrumentalist,” Andrea Hoag is a legendary performer of Swedish folk fiddling in America. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today,at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and at numerous venues around the U.S. and in Sweden.
For more than 40 years, Andrea has devoted herself to traditional fiddling. Immersing herself first in southern Appalachian music and culture, in the early 1980s she was overtaken by a love of Swedish fiddling’s unusual scales and rhythms. She studied at Sweden’s respected Malungs Folkhögskola, earning the certificate in Folk Violin Pedagogy in 1984.
Adventurousness and curiosity are hallmarks of Andrea’s career: she’s delved into and performed musical styles from Irish to Klezmer, from country rock to swing. She is also the founder and program director of Freyda’s Hands, a non-profit organization devoted to collaborations between performing artists of diverse backgrounds and to character education through collaborative arts.
More information and discography on Andrea's website:
Updated 13 Dec 2019