West Coast USA – june 2017

Another great tour at the west coast of USA. We started off at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, in Astoria (OR). Three days, three performances each day.. wonderful crowd, and WONDERFUL city!

But first.. take off from AAR, and something to eat, at “Elmers” by the airport hotel in Portland.

Off course our baggage was delayed, but it arrived at the hotel, early next mornin’ .. phew!


Scanfest Astoria:

I cannot reccoment this event, and this town enough. Enjoy an ice cold beer, at one of the many, and very very good breweries. Or eat your lunch at the awesome “The Blue Scorcher”. And when you’ve had your day, at the Scanfest… then finish off your day at “Buoy beer company” – best seafood/beer/wine.. you name it.

Next up – Seattle



This old Lady – belongs to this young man;


Winery “Paschal” in Ashland

Santa Rosa – A very hot drive, passing by the impressive Mount Shasta, on our way the last gig of the tour.. a very nice home concert, surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the US

Last days spent here.. in the streets of San Francisco

Home sweet home


OSLO – Riksscenen

I am her, to rehearse for the opening concert of Førde Festival 2017 with the great «Nordic Sound Folk Orchestra»

The concert is called “Klangen af Norden” (the sound of the north), and the music is composed by the four composers: Antti Järvelä (Finland), Mia Marin (Sverige), Harald Haugaard (Danmark) and Jorun Marie Kvernberg (Norge).

Feat. 8 soloist… + Mia Marin (vio), Olov Johansson (keyed fiddle), Lena Willemark, Olav Luksengård Mjelva

The concert is performed by a combined orchestra, consisting of the fiddle group “Gudbrandsdølenes spelemannslag”, and selected band members from various groups of the north.

SO… 40 folk musicians, 4 composers og 8 soloists. Here we go;




(photos – Karl-Johan Ankarblom)


Lena Willemark


Mia Marin



… well not quite, but rehearsal from 12.00 to 22.00 and again from 10.00 to departure, can cause something that resembles death :)