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Nordic Spirit

Jeff and Jane formed the Nordic Spirit band when they met in 1999. Since then they have played old-time dance music at festivals, dances and concerts throughout the Northwest, in Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They have taught Scandinavian music at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the Norsk Folkedans Stemne and at many workshops. They have attended Nordleik festivals in Norway and Sweden as well as performed in Norway for dances and concerts.

Jeff and Jane are self-taught folk musicians. Jeff has been playing the fiddle since the age of 15. Both of his grandfathers were Norwegian-style fiddlers from North Dakota and he is carrying on the musical traditions of his family. Jane's love of Scandinavian music came from hearing her father (of MN) play accordion. By chance at age 40 she met a buttonbox player from North Dakota named Ed Morken who helped her learn to play. They have traveled to Scandinavia numerous times visiting relatives and sharing music.