Center Hosts an Evening of Traditional Norwegian Music in Celebration of Constitution Day

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host an evening of traditional Norwegian music in celebration of  Norwegian Constitution Day or syttende mai (seventeenth May) with  singer and accordion player Luana Josevold and Hardanger fiddle player Mark Oien.  The concert will take place on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm.m. Admission is free.

Mark Oien is originally from the Midwest, where he was surrounded by his father’s Norwegian-American culture. He first heard the Hardanger fiddle played at festivals in the region and was soon asked to perform at the historic Hjemkomst Center that houses the famous Viking ship of the same name. Most of Mark’s repertoire is from the Telemark region of Norway (despite his Valdres roots!). He attributes most of his tunes and style to Loretta Kelley and Toby Weinberg. Mark is an active member of both the Boston Spelemannslag and the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America.

Luana Marie Jøsvold grew up in the Norwegian community in Seattle and has been playing accordion since she was six. She spent four years living, teaching, and playing music in Norway. She plays accordion,flute, alto flute, and sings with the group SAMspill, a Boston-based trio which performs traditional Scandinavian vocal and instrumental music. The group does concerts, dances, dance instruction, children’s programs, and seasonal programs. The word “samspill” means “playing together” in Norwegian.

This performance is part of the Center’s look at Norwegian Heritage during the month of May.  This series is partially funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call the Center at (508) 993-8894.