The New Ole Hendricks Orchestra

Take a trip back in time to a little dance hall on the prairie with the New Ole Hendricks Orchestra.  This quintet plays music that is preserved in a rare 1890s tunebook compiled by Norwegian-born fiddler Ole Hendricks (1851-1935).  After immigrating with his family to the Driftless area in western Wisconsin, Ole eventually settled in Elbow Lake in western Minnesota, an area that was home to many people of Scandinavian descent.  In Elbow Lake, Ole became well-known as a musician, band leader, and owner of a dance hall.  Dancers flocked to his hall on many a Saturday night to dance quadrilles, polkas, reinlenders, and waltzes to the music of the Ole Hendricks Orchestra.  The New Ole Hendricks Orchestra has revived this charming repertoire and will shortly release a CD of a selection of tunes from Ole’s tunebook, featuring Vidar Skrede on fiddle.
For Nisswa-Stämman, the orchestra’s personnel will include Ann Streufert (fiddle), Beth Hoven Rotto (piano and fiddle), Amy Shaw (wooden flute), Chris Bashor (guitar), and David Tousley (bass).

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