Back to All Events

Gangspil - Folk Music of Denmark


Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle) will take you an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music.

This lively duo, known as Gangspil, performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country - from rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen - and they'll perform a few of their own compositions as well. 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. It promises to be an unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.

The group received the "Tradition Award" at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy) in 2016 and have performed in more than 50 concerts around North America, as well as a good number in Denmark too. Sonnich is a master of Irish, French-Canadian, and especially Danish traditional tunes. During the last 25 years he has led the revival for diatonic accordion and harmonica in Danish folk music. Sonnich holds a special place in his heart for the music from the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He is best known for his work with the ULC trio and later quintet (adding jazz pianist Peter Rosendal and bassist Mads Vinding). ULC received the Danish Music Award (Danish Grammy) in the category "Folk Album of the Year" in 2001 and 2004.

Kristian Bugge has specialized in the strong Danish folk music traditions, and is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher. His debut CD was awarded "Danish Debut of the Year" and "Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the Year" at the Danish Music Awards 2006 (Danish Grammy). At the same occasion in both 2012 and 2016, Kristian was awarded the ”Danish Folk Artist of the Year”!

Both Kristian and Sonnich were amongst the first twelve musicians to receive the honorary title ”Danmarks Rigsspillemænd” (National Danish Folk Musicians) in 2014. This evening they will also talk about the traditions from back home, how they learned and how the music lives on today and is part of the famous Danish hygge! The musicians have been members of various groups, including Baltic Crossing, Habadekuk, Jensen & Bugge, ULC, Marianne Green Band and Dronningens Livstykke. They released their first album, Gangspil, in the summer of 2015. The U.S. release took place at the great Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA in the first week of July of that year.

Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door for general admission; $10 advance/$15 at the door for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: February 18
The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol