while looking at scandinavian folk-music resources on the web i came across a kickstarter for the two fiddlers whose music web site i've linked below.
Lydia and Andrea... fine musicians and fine folks.
they apparently went to a folk music school in sweden for one year...
Eric Sahlström was widely considered to be Sweden's best nyckelharpa spelman (keyed-fiddle folk musician) and the institute founded in his name is dedicated to Swedish traditional music... in particular the nyckelharpa, the fiddle, and (traditional Swedish) folk dance. It 's considered a great honor to be accepted for study there, and for two Americans to be accepted is impressive indeed.
it would be delish if they had the same program for accordion and concertina as well...
Well, Sweden doesn't (yet ) have a concertina tradition. Accordions of various sorts are abundant, but (as far as I know) no single school is known as "the place to go" for study. Who knows, though, maybe someone will yet found an Arne Modén Institut.
funded partly by a kickstarter effort whose donors received among other things a pledge to a tunebook of scandinavian folk learned during the year away, which tunebook is now for sale in a "regular" sense on their site, with an audio cd or tune download or something. i might grab it, along with one or two of the cds listed here as well. the samples are lovely...
You "might"? I will!
the tunebook is called "trip to tobo"
The Eric Sahlström Institute is located in the town of Tobo.
By the way, the word "fika", which is the title of the first CD on their recordings page, means "refreshments"... that's anything from just coffee to coffee with pastries to sandwiches, up to almost a full meal. It's something very important to Swedes. If a meeting is announced, many of the ones I know will ask what the fika will be (but not what the agenda will be) before deciding whether to attend.
Back to nyckelharpa: It's a wonderful instrument, and I've heard enough wonderful playing recently -- solo, in duet (one concert with fiddle, another with guitar), and in larger groups, especially open jamming at spelmansstämmor (folk musicians' gatherings) -- that I'm tempted to take it up myself. Ah, if I only had more time!