Scandinavian fiddle music is a rich and vibrant folk tradition, inspiring young people today even as it draws on an unbroken history of over 300 years. A Scandinavian Christmas brings together three of America's leading exponents of Norwegian and Swedish traditional music. Evoking the intimate atmosphere of a winter night in the snowy north are Andrea Hoag, fiddle; Loretta Kelley, Hardanger fiddle – an ornately-decorated Norwegian folk violin with sympathetic strings; and Charlie Pilzer, upright bass.
Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer with guest, Arna Rennan represent the very best of traditional Scandinavian music this side of the “pond.” They are based in the Washington DC area and have have performed at concerts and dances across the U.S. and in Europe for over 25 years, including appearances on All Things Considered, Performance Today, and Prairie Home Companion. Together, they received the GRAMMY® nomination in 2007 for Best Traditional World Music Album for their second CD together, Hambo in the Snow. They are joined by folk singer, Arna Rennan who studied folk music in Telemark and performs throughout the Midwest.