Meet the featured artists for
The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Lydia Ievins & Andrea Larson
Lydia plays 5-string fiddle and nyckelharpa for Scandinavian and English Country dancing. Her absolute favorite thing about playing in either genre is the boundless opportunity to create rich harmonic lines. As an avid dancer herself, she infuses her playing with rhythmic clarity and sensitive phrasing to produce eminently danceable music. Her duo album Northlands with Bruce Sagan features a collection of original tunes inspired by Scandinavian traditional styles. She is a 2013 graduate of the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden, located at the epicenter of the nyckelharpa universe; her duo album Fika with Andrea Larson and Trip to Tobo tunebook feature favorite tunes from that sabbatical year. She maintains an active performance and teaching schedule with duo partner Andrea Larson, with whom she has developed a popular intensive weekend workshop for Scandi-interested dance musicians. Lydia is pleased to have been awarded a bronze Zorn medal in Sweden for her playing in the Uppland tradition.
For almost two decades, Andrea’s passion for Swedish folk music and dance has led her to perform across the northeast US and in Sweden. She has fiddled for Christmas Revels in New York and Boston, toured nationally as a soprano with the Waverly Consort, and performed with Orion Longsword and Grammy-nominated trio Hoag Kelley Pilzer. One of a handful of fiddlers in the United States who carry music and dance traditions from Sweden, Andrea enjoys serving as a musical ambassador between the two countries. In addition to teaching Swedish fiddle tunes and technique, her current passion is teaching sustainable practice methods to students of all ages, using an approach she has developed since her time at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden in 2012–13. With a focus on the body mechanics of playing Swedish fiddle, note initiation, and the source of rhythmic impulse, she greatly enjoys making music with musicians of all ages and levels. Andrea teaches violin, voice, and fiddle styles from her home studio in VA.