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Traditional Folk Music of Telemark, Norway and Ballads of the Middle Ages

  • Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church 924 East 21st Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 United States (map)

Welcome to a rare opportunity to hear traditional folk music from the region of Telemark Norway and Ballads of the middle ages performed by Arna Rennan, Loretta Kelley and Georganne Hunter. The music along with their stories are brought to life by translations, vivid descriptions and the compelling voice of Arna Rennan and musicianship of Loretta Kelley, hardanger fiddle, and Georganne Hunter, Gaelic harp.

Suggested donation: $15.

Arna Rennan  immersed herself in “kveding” , the style of traditional folk singing at the Institute of folk culture in Rauland, Norway. There she learned directly from tradition bearers; Ragnhild Furholt, Agnes Buen Garnaas and Frode Nyholt. She is attracted to strong and unusual melodies and the captivating stories that offer a glimpse into another time and place. She has performed extensively throughout the Midwest at festivals through the library systems in Minnesota, and together with Loretta Kelley in the Washington DC area. She has recorded 4 CDs: Nordic Shores, Big Brother/ Little Brother 2006,  Treasures Left Behind and Rescued Treasures in 2017. Arna also hosts a radio program; Nordic Roots Music on KTWH, Two Harbors Community Radio. (

Loretta Kelley is among the foremost Hardanger fiddle players in the U.S. Upon meeting Sigbjorn Berhoft Osa, virtuoso Hardanger fiddle player in 1976, she fell passionately in love with the instrument. She proceeded to learn Norwegian and studied in Telemark for one year in 1979. Since then she has gone back over 20 times. Loretta has created two largely solo recordings, Dansekveld (1990) and AmerikaSpel (1996) and has collaborated with Andrea Hoag and Charlie Pilzer on Hambo in the Barn (1996) and Hambo in the Snow (2006). Hambo in the Snow was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award as Best Traditional World Music Album. Loretta also performs and teaches extensively and is currently President of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (

Georganne Hunter both performs with the Gaelic harp and teaches students where she lives on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Both she and her students have won top placements in regional competitions. She has recorded two CD’s: Stoney Point and Green Stone. Georganne was a founding member of the celti group: Willowgreen. She has a strong affinity for both celtic and Nordic Music due to her grandmother from the Shetland Islands.

Earlier Event: September 14
The Ballad of Daisy & Billy
Later Event: September 22
Lady with a Stick