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Founded in 1990, Skålmusik (pronounced Skolmusik) of Brainerd, Minnesota is a five piece ensemble that performs traditional Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American dance and vocal music. Native midwesterners often remark that Skålmusik really knows how to "put the 'yump'" in their tunes! They have toured widely in the midwest and beyond, playing at a wide variety of events including ethnic festivals, community celebrations, state fairs, historical societies and, of course, old time dances. Descendants of immigrant Swedes and Norwegians to Minnesota, they play the music of their heritage on fiddles, accordions, pump organ, guitar and string bass, to songs both poignant and humorous. They especially like to play music for old time dancing. In fact, it's been said by more than one local fan that "there should be a law against any festival that hires you guys and doesn't provide a dance floor!"
Skålmusik specializes in tailoring their performances to each individual situation, from elementary school programs to elderhostels. Their aim is always the same: to have a great time and to make sure that everyone else does too! Skålmusik is listed in the Minnesota Folk Artists Directory, a compendium of the best of Minnesota's tradition bearers. They have performed for the King and Queen of Sweden, appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion", and toured in Sweden and Norway.
Members of Skålmusik have made a name for themselves not only as musicians and entertainers, but as bearers of a long tradition that they cherish and are working tirelessly to keep alive. They have four recordings to their credit, "Gammaldans i Skogen", 1997, "The Barnburner", 1999, "Scandinavian Potluck", 2003, and their latest effort, “Tuesday Morning Kaffe”, 2009.