2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17

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Danish folk music will take center stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 when the Betty Strong Encounter Center presents “Gangspil” with award-winning musicians Kristian Bugge, fiddle, and Sonnich Lydom,accordion, harmonica and vocals. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

The audience will be treated to dance tunes and songs from every corner of Denmark and more, including some of the musicians’ new, original 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, and long-forgotten songs from all over the country,” says Bugge.

Bugge is active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as a musician and teacher. His also performs in other parts of Europe and North America. He has received numerous awards for his CDs and was named "Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2016.

Lydom is a master of Irish, French-Canadian and Danish traditional tunes. During the last 25 years he’s led a revival of diatonic accordion and harmonica in Danish folk music. He is particularly fond of music from the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He has performed with the award-winning ULC trio.