Monthly Archives: January 2013

Field trip to Wik

A mere hour’s drive south of us, there’s another one-year music course at the Wiks folkhögskola. Theirs is more of a world-music program, with plenty of percussionists and nary a nyckelharpa in sight. But every year our two classes get a day-long opportunity to meet up and work together in small groups and see what […]

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Prova på Tobo & återträffen

It’s a brilliant plan: the annual “come and try out the courses at Tobo” and the reunion for all previous ESI students happen on the same day, so the potential new students get an entire houseful of enthusiastic graduates. We were invited to join in the two-hour morning class session (one hour each with Sonia […]

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Looking forward to Umefolk

First we found out that two of our classmates, Jonathan & Einar, play in the band that won last year’s competition at the Linköping festival. Then we found out that their band will be playing at Umefolk, the festival in Umeå in February. And we listened to some of the tunes they’ve written/arranged together, and […]

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Zorn meeting

Since this summer’s uppspelning will be in Tobo, the planning committee and the jury were here for a weekend-long meeting. On Saturday night they jammed for a while in the dining room, and since one of them was borrowing Andrea’s fiddle, we asked if we could go and listen. We had a fun couple hours […]

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Halling performance

Here is a video showing David’s and my halling performance from the ESI Julkonsert. Thanks, Ingrid!

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Tensta spelmanslag och folkdanslag

So far this has been the most fun concert of the Tobotorsdag series. Tensta is close enough to here that a number of the faces were already familiar from festivals/jams around Uppland. They’re an energetic bunch, and they clearly enjoy playing together. The program was fairly well polished and wide ranging, beginning with a couple […]

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