Win Tickets ($50): Väsen Duo w/ Special Guests Varelse @ The Old Church Concert Hall | Swedish Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Väsen w/ Special Guests Varelse @ The Old Church on March 18. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed March 13.


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Väsen Duo w/Special Guests Varelse
March 18, 2023
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM |
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The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Väsen-Duo, Mikael Marin and Olov Johansson have, after 37 years of interaction and touring, refined their sound and their stage presence to the extent that today they are unique in their kind. With their playful and perfect interplay, they seem to defy the laws of physics in what appears to be a telepathic communication.

The music is intense and full of humour. They create their very own musical language which in its appeal is as modern as it is ancient. With the foundation firmly rooted in the traditional music of Uppland, they have always looked curiously at new musical goals. They perform on a variety of stringed instruments, including a silverbasharpa, oktavharpa, three-rowed Nyckelharpa, violoncello da spalla and a blue electric viola.


Formed by Amy Hakanson in 2018, Varelse is a unique combination of various traditions, instruments, and histories. Nyckelharpa, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and various world percussion instruments come together to create a sound that is simultaneously old and new. Weaving together Scandinavian folk tradition, North American fiddle tunes, and Western European melodies, along with African and Middle Eastern rhythmic traditions, Varelse is pushing the boundaries of folk fusion.

Varelse’s live performances showcase their tunes from their debut album Creature Comforts, as well as new compositions and creative arrangements of traditional melodies from Scandinavia, the British Isles,and North America.




  1. Rob on March 7, 2023 at 2:01 pm


  2. steadykaxe on March 7, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    how fun-thanks for the chance!

  3. Brad on March 7, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    This looks like so much fun! Some good ol’ gypsy blue grass is right up my ally!

  4. Kaeli Plaks on March 7, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    This sounds like a graaaaaand ol’ time! Would love to experience something like this.

  5. Lisa Kendall on March 7, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    What a great way to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s Swedish heritage. Her grandparents came by covered wagon to Oregon and there just isn’t enough Scandinavian culture here for me.
    Pick me!


  6. Ed Travalia on March 10, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Swedish Folk. Wut? I’ve seen so many odd but super cool concerts at the Old Church. These guys sound so cool.

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