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Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth

Scandinavian Music
Brainerd, MN

Paul Wilson and Mary AbendrothClad in traditional clothing, Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth present a program of Scandinavian song and dance spiced with humor. Both excellent musicians, they celebrate their Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American heritage through folk music and dance. Paul sings and plays the two-row button accordion, fiddle, guitar and pump organ. Mary sings, plays guitar and pump organ, and leads dance instruction. Their programs expand on their performances, teaching and interpreting their music, all while having fun.

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

An in-depth workshop

A residency

A performance

Best for Ages

Early elementary
Grades K-2, ages 5-7

Upper elementary
Grades 3-5, ages 8-10

Adults, ages 18 and up


Artist fee:

$400 (negotiable)



Planning fee:

$150 for involved project


housing, if appropriate

Program needs:
If dancing is involved, a large space and a good dance surface.

No restrictions

Past Venues:

  • school residencies, Ashland & Grantsburg, WI, and Minot, ND
  • Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI, 2008
  • Scandinavian Festival, Ashland
  • Heritage Days, Barron
  • Scandinavian Day, Shell Lake, 1999
  • Vesterheim Museum, Decorah, IA, 1999
  • "A Prairie Home Companion," National Public Radio, 1997

Paul Wilson
16586 Nokay Lake Road
Brainerd, MN  56401

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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