2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16

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Traditional Danish music will take center stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16 when the Betty Strong Encounter Center presents award-winning musicians: Mette Kathrine Jensen, accordion; Kristian Bugge, violin; and Morten Alfred Høirup, guitar and vocals; Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Dwight Lamb, an Onawa, Iowa, button-accordion and fiddle player, will join the trio on stage.

The audience will be treated to dance tunes and songs from every corner of Denmark and more, including some of the musicians’ 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.

Jensen, Bugge and Høirup each have received Danish Music Awards. Jensen and Bugge have recorded two live albums with Lamb who is known for his “Missouri Valley” fiddling style. Missouri Valley style has a distinctive repertoire and the fiddler puts a unique accent on the bow.

Lamb learned to play the Danish button accordion from his maternal grandfather, Chris Jerup, who sold his farm in Denmark and came to live with Lamb’s parents in Western Iowa. Chris Jerup played for Danish and old-time dances in hills around Moorhead, Iowa, for many years and wore out several accordions in the process.

Lamb recorded “Accordion Tunes: Dwight Lamb, Danish & American Melodies.” The CD showcases recordings of his grandfather as well as some of his own recordings of “Dane tunes” he learned as a boy. He was featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s 1996 Festival of American Folklife and the Sesquicentennial Festival of Iowa Folklife.