3rd West Denmark Fiddle School

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On Sunday 11th of June Harald Haugaard opens the 3rd West Denmark Fiddle School in the village of West Denmark, Luck, Wisconsin (USA). The school offers three fiddle classes, inter mediate, advanced and super advanced and ends Thursday 15th with a finale concert in West Denmark’s church. Finnish Antti Järvelä, American Hanneke Cassel and Kevin Henderson from Shetland joins Haugaard as tutors at the camp. The four teachers have planned a common teachers’ concert Tuesday 13th in West Denmark.

More info: www.westdenmark.net

Performing at Konzerthaus Wien


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band performs a “Droplets of Time” concert in the Mozartsaal at one of Europe’s most legendary concert houses, the Konzerthaus in Vienna. The concert is part of the Jeunesse concert series and there are still tickets available. Blum & Haugaard are joined by cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen, guitarist Mikkel Grue and percussionist Sune Rahbek. It is their fourth appearance in this legendary hall.

Tickets: https://www.konzerthaus.at/konzert/eventid/55092

Big Folk – Blum & Haugaard møder Tip Toe Big Band

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Med udgangspunkt i albummet “Big Folk” møder Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band i den kommende uge Fyns professionelle big band Tip Toe i tre koncerter fordelt i Esbjerg, Kolding og Odenses nye koncerthus Odeon. “Big Folk” var oprindeligt et samarbejde om koncerter og album mellem Tip Toe Big Band og Harald Haugaard alene, men ved de kommende tre koncerter er det hele Blum & Haugaard Band inkl. sanger Helene Blum, guitarist Mikkel Grue, cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen og slagtøjsspiller Sune Rahbek, der slår sig sammen med det 17-mand store ensemble og dirigenten Torben Sminge. Koncertens første sæt bliver baseret på Blum & Haugaard Ensembles lyd og udtryk med gæster fra big bandet. “Friheden Station”, “En lille dråbe blod”, og den gamle Serras klassiker ’99 er på sætlisten. Andet sæt består derimod af de af Harald Haugaards numre, som blev indspillet på albummet Big Folk, bl.a. “Den Femte Søster”, “K2″ og “Favn” samt to nye arrangementer af Helene Blums sang “Et øjebliks stilhed” og Carl Nielsens “Tit er jeg glad”. Den store big band lyd møder akustisk folk. Kraftfulde og poetiske udtryk og masser af spilleglæde er i højsædet ved de tre koncerter.

Yderliger info: http://tiptoebigband.dk

Droplets of Time // Germany


The German leg of the Droplets of Time Tour has begun and will continue with seven more concerts in Dresden, Berlin, Weimar, Blaubeuren, Ravensburg, Esslingen and Bonn. Daily news Osnabrücker Zeitung wrote about the second concert in Lutherhaus:

“Diese Musik spricht tatsächlich eine universelle Sprache, die jeder versteht”

The line up includes percussionist Sune Rahbek, guitarist Mikkel Grue and Finnish bass player Tapani Varis. The tour is presented by Deutschlandfunk and there are still tickets to get for all remaining concerts.

Dråber af Tid – Koncert


Den 1. februar udkommer Helene Blums nye album “Dråber af Tid”. I den forbindelse spiller Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard releasekoncert på Magasinet i Odense kl. 20.00. Repertoiret kommer foruden sangene fra det nye album forbi Carl Nielsen, Kyndelmissekoncerterne og Helene Blums tidligere albums. Bandet er til lejligheden udvidet med pianist Christoffer Møller, guitarist Rasmus Zeeberg, bassist Mathæus Bech samt diverse gæster.

Billetter kan købes for 210,- inkl gebyr på: http://www.ticketmaster.dk/event/helene-blum-draber-af-tid-releasekoncert-billetter/418995

Ambassador for Sharing Heritage 2018


Harald Haugaard and Helene Blum have been appointed as ambassadors for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in a press conference held at the Altes Museum in Berlin December 19th.  The European Cultural Heritage Year is funded by the European Commission and it has focus on common cultural heritage. In light of a heterogeneous European social structure and against the background of current political, social and economic change, the potential for identification, participation and development will be brought into focus. At the event Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard performed two songs. The other ambassadors are:  Sir David Chipperfield, Architect, Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Hermann Parzinger, President of Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, president of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and writer Janne Teller.

A quote from Haugaard’s statement:

“Wenn ich über die kleine deutsch-dänische Grenze reise, brauche ich einen Reisepass. Die Musik hingegen ist in der europäischen Geschichte frei über die Grenzen gereist und hat uns ein reiches, wichtiges und gemeinsames Kulturerbe beschert. Musik ist eine gemeinsame und starke Sprache. Es ist für mich sowohl als Künstler als auch als Vertreter für das folkBALTICA-Festival eine Ehre, Botschafter für das edle Anliegen von Sharing Heritage 2018 zu sein.”

More info:


Photo by Dirk Dehme. From left to right: Hermann Parzinger, David Chipperfield, Kathrin Hahne (BKM), Helene Blum, Harald Haugaard, Janne Teller, Uwe Koch (DNK), Sabine Kuns, Martina Münch

Julerosen Tour Begins


The 10th Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Nordic Christmas Tour begins today. The title is “Julerosen” after Helene Blum’s song and this year’s musicians are five popular guests from the past 10 years Finnish pianist Timo Alakotila, Swedish cellist Leo Svensson, Danish guitar player Mikkel Grue, Finnish bass player Tapani Varis and Danish percussion player Sune Rahbek. The concert consists of good hits from the past ten years as well as new material.

The current ticket status is:

7/12 Faaborg: SOLD OUT
8/12 Flensborg: http://ssf-billetten.de
9/12 Hamborg: T 040/800 84 36
10/12 Minden: SOLD OUT
11/12 Köthen: T 03496/70099260
12/12 Dresden: SOLD OUT
13/12 Leipzig: eventim-inhouse.de
16/12 Eisleben: https://www.theater-eisleben.de
17/12 Berlin: http://kulturhaus-spandau2.de
18/12 Kerteminde: SOLD OUT

All though the 10th anniversary is celebrated with this tour the very first Nordic Christmas concert took place 11 years ago at the cathedral in Odense in connection to Odense Folk Festival. The line up in November 2005 also included Tapani Varis and Sune Rahbek besides Blum & Haugaard.

Lad festen begynde!

Julerosen album is out

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To celebrate the 10th Nordic Christmas tour Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard release a new album with new recordings as well as live recordings from previous tours. The album is already released in Denmark and for sale in record stores, Alstrøms Boghandel, Faaborg, mail order and as download.

The album will be released in other countries on November 25th.

Web shop Denmark: http://www.gatewaymusicshop.dk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1035

Web shop other countries: http://www.westparkmusic.de


Blum & Haugaard optræder ved HCA Award


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band optræder søndag d. 30. oktober kl. 14.45 ved uddelingen af Hans Christian Andersens litteraturpris på Odense Rådhus- Prisen tildeles i år til den berømte japanske forfatter Haruki Murakami og foruden Blum & Haugaard optræder bl.a. også DR Pigekoret, Odense Symfoniorkester samt skuespillerinden Ellen Hillingsø ved arrangementet.

Yderligere info: http://andersen-award.com/WP/haruki-murakami/

Munch & Jorn


Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard has been asked to perform at the grand Munchmuseet in Olso, Norway in the occasion of the new Asger Jorn/Edvard Munch exhibition at the museum.  The performance is organized by the royal Danish embassy in Norway and takes place at Wednesday 19th of October 17.00. Guitarist Mikkel Grue joins the duo for the special performance.

More info: http://munchmuseet.no/utstillinger/jorn-munch

Svinedrengen – H. C. Andersen Festival


I great summer with memorable festivals and camps is getting to an end but there is one more gig to go before Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band pulls out. Denmark’s great writer Hans Christian Andersen lend his name to the Odense based arts festival this weekend which among many things offers a new interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairytale Svinedrengen (the Swineherd). The show includes spectacular artists from a rope walker to a clown along side mechanical robots. Blum & Haugaard has composed music for the show and perform it with their own band including Sune Rahbek, Mikkel Grue and Mathæus Bech (double bass) who substitutes for Kirstine Elise Pedersen. Svinedrengen plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 22.00 at Farvergården in Odense

More info: http://kulturmaskinen.com/arrangementer/svinedrengen

Haugaard opens 8th International Fiddle School


The 9th edition of Harald Haugaard’s International Fiddle School opens Sunday 31st of July at Christian Jensen Kolleg in Breklum, Nordfriesland. More than 100 students and 10 teachers from Europe and North America join each other to share music and get new inspiration from world class musicians and teachers. The school offers two public events. Bredstedt Church provides the frames for the teachers’ concert Tuesday 2nd of August and Christkirche in Niebüll hosts the finale concert with all students and teachers Friday 5th. Both concerts begin at 20.00.

More info: http://www.haugaardsfiddleschool.com

Artistic co work with Austrian Star Fiddler

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Austrian star fiddler Julia Lacherstorfer joins Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard in two interesting projects. First they perform a concert at the Czech folk festival Folk Holidays in the Moravian mountains on July 26th with a mix of Alp and Nordic music. Secondly Lacherstofer guests Haugaard’s International Fiddle School as teacher and performer. Julia Lacherstorfer is known from the progressive Austrian Folk Band Alma and counts as one of the new stars in Austrian music.

Live Streaming from Gdansk



Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is performing at the Polish festival Dzwieki Pólnocy in Gdansk. Tonight’s concert at the great Sw. Jana Church is broadcasted live at 20.30. The link is:



TV from Rudolstadt


German television MDR is broadcasting a show about this year’s Rudolstadt Festival tonight at 23.30. The show opens with a clip from Blum & Haugaard’s concert at Heidecksburg. Streaming worldwide is available here:


Ready for Rudolstadt


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is ready for Rudolstadt Festival 2016. The band is set to perform at Heidecksburg Friday 8th 19.30, Burgterasse Saturday 9th 13.00 and at Schminkasten Saturday 9th at 17.30. The line up is: Helene Blum (vocal&fiddle), Harald Haugaard (fiddle), Kirstine Elise Pedersen (cello), Mikkel Grue (guitars), Tapani Varis (double bass) and Sune Rahbek (percussion). The band performs songs and tunes from “Lys og Forfald” and “Men med åbne øjne” as well as new songs from Helene Blum’s up coming album.

The legedary Rudolstadt Festival is one of Europe’s most acknowledged music festivals known for it’s high artistic level and loyal audience and counts at the same time as one of the biggest with 70.000 – 90.000 visitors.

It is Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band’s first visit to the festival although Haugaard visited the festival in 90’s with previous bands.

More info: https://rudolstadt-festival.de/de/

West Denmark Fiddle School


The second Haugaard’s West Denmark Fiddle School is about to begin. 40 students and four instructors will gather in the small society of West Denmark, Luck Wisconsin from June 12th-18th sharing music and the joy of playing. Haugaard is joined by Shetland fiddler Kevin Henderson, Antti Järvelä from Finland and Scottish American fiddler Hanneke Cassel. The school offers two concerts, Teachers’ concert Tuesday 14th at 19.30 as well as the finale concert Thursday 16th at 19.30. Both concerts take place at West Denmark Church.


Bodensee Festival


The Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is taking off to be part of this year’s Bodensee Festival which has the Nordic culture as main topic this year. The band is hosting “Skandinavischer Nacht” at Graf Zeppelin Haus in Friedrichshafen May 7th 2016 19.00 in cooperation with Norwegian dancer Hallgrim Hansegaard from Frikar Dance Company, Finnish Johanna Juhola Rektori and legendary Danish singer Gitte Henning.

Tickets and more info at: http://bodenseefestival.de/start/



Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band playing a short tour in Austria this weekend with concerts in Mödling by Vienna, Freistadt and Rekawinkel. The tour includes the five piece line up with Kirstine Elise (cello), Mikkel Grue (guitars) and Sune Rahbek (percussion).

Big Folk Released

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The new album with Tip Toe Big Band featuring Harald Haugaard is finally out. “Big Folk” contains 11 tracks and is the result of a long going cooperation between the big band and the fiddler and composer. Haugaard’s music has been arranged for the huge big band sound and this unique blend of fiddle tunes and the large big band sound creates a very original and huge sound. Among the tunes are old Haugaard and Serras hits such as “Den Femte Søster”, “K2″, “Vesterland” and “Slesvig”. The album is available at: http://www.gatewaymusicshop.dk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=961

Songs, Tunes and Stories from Denmark

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The first Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band Tour of the year is coming up. The five piece line up is performing eight shows in Germany under the title “Song, Tunes and Stories from Denmark”.

The band is bringing a lot of new repertoire such as a new Helene Blum song about the coming spring and music by Harald Haugaard with words by the Bohemian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Some of the shows have limited number of tickets left for sale.

More info under schedule.

Fiddling in the Alps

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Happy New Year!

Harald Haugaard is beginning 2016 with a short tour in the Alps including two workshops as well as two performances with Helene Blum. The workshops will be at the Musikkonservatorium in Vorarlberg (AT) and at Alte Post in St. Gallen (CH). The concerts will take place at Keffeehaus in St. Gallen and Palazzo Mÿsanus in Samedan (CH).

Happy New Year!

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After a busy and succesfull 2015 we are taking a short break. We will be back late January with news and tour dates.

Christmas Tour 2015 “Hjertets Lys”


The 9th annual Nordic Christmas “Hjertets Lys” sets off Thursday 10th with a concert at Johannes Larsen Museet in Kerteminde. It will be followed up by nine concerts in Germany. The guests this year are the Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band together with three musicians from Odense Symfoniorkester. Together they form the Carl Nielsen Folk Band. The music and life of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) is the red thread for this year’s Christmas tour but a Nordic Christmas music and songs and tunes from Blum’s and Haugaard’s regular repertoire is also on the set list.

The band on stage is: Helene Blum (vocal & fiddle), Harald Haugaard (fiddle), René Højlund Rasmussen (clarinets), Henrik Hou (trumpet), Kirstine Elise Pedersen (cello), Mikkel Grue (guitars), Jens Krøgholt (double bass) & Sune Rahbek (percussion).

The tour includes following concerts:

Dec 10th: Johannes Larsen Museet, Kerteminde (DK) – Sold Out

Dec 11th: Konzetkirche, Gettorf (D) – Tickets: 04346-3296

Dec 12th: Venner Folk, Venne (D) – Tickets: 05476-225

Dec 13th: Gotischer Saal, Berlin Spandau (D) – few tickets left: 030333 4021/22

Dec 14th: Dreikönigskirche, Dresden (D) – Sold Out

Dec 16th: Theater, Eisleben (D) – Sold Out

Dec 17th: Bürgerhaus, Wedemark (D) – few tickets left: 0231-9172290

Dec 18th: Theater, Arnstatt (D) – tickets: ticketshop-thueringen.de

Dec 19th: Stadttheater, Minden (D) – Sold Out

Dec 20th: Slesvighus, Schleswig (D) – tickets: 0461 – 14408 – 125


Blum & Haugaard Band nominated for Danish Music Award


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band has had a busy year and now they are nominated for a Danish Music Award as the folk artist of the year. The awards will be revealed at the Danish Music Award show in Copenhagen November 28th.

More info: http://www.folkdanmark.dk/?p=1074

Light & Decay – last leg – in Denmark

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The Light & Decay tour has taken Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band to Austria, Germany, the US, Canada, Japan and Scotland throughout 2015. Now the tour is coming to an end with concerts in Denmark: Svendborg, Engelsholm, Århus, Brenderup and Halkær.

“Light & Decay” in Germany


After stops in US, Canada, Denmark and Japan the last month the Light and Decay tour continues to Germany with another seven concerts. Sachsen, Bayern and Nordrhein-Westfalen are the destinations this time and the line up is Helene Blum, Harald Haugaard, Mikkel Grue, Kirstine Elise Pedersen and Sune Rahbek. The two shows in Solingen are sold out and the show in Quohren is short of tickets but for the three other shows you can still get tickets.


Haugaard returns to Japan


After a five years break Haugaard returns to Japan this week to perform a tour with percussionist Sune Rahbek and guitarist Mikkel Grue. The tour is organized in connection to the release of Haugaard’s latest album “Lys & Forfald” and contains concerts in different parts of Japan as well as a workshop in traditional Danish music. Haugaard has previously toured in Japan with Haugaard & Høirup as well as singer Helene Blum.

More info:


Light & Decay in North America #2

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After a short break the “Light & Decay Tour” has continued with concerts in Denmark and Berlin and for the next three Harald Haugaard and his fiddle will be touring in the US and Canada. The US leg of this tour contains concerts and workshops in the Midwest, Nashville and New England. Haugaard performs with trio line up including guitarist Mikkel Grue and percussionist Sune Rahbek. The North American tour ends with three shows at the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton, Canada. The trio will be joined by singer Helene Blum for two of these three shows.

Prestigious German award for “Lys & Forfald”


Harald Haugaard’s latest album “Lys & Forfald” receives the prestigious German album award “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”.

“The fiddler Harald Haugaard (…) shows his remarkable skills as contemporary composer”.

More info: http://www.schallplattenkritik.de/bestenlisten/768-bestenliste-3-2015

Summer concerts in Denmark


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard continue the Light & Decay tour in with performances in Denmark in August. Nyborg Slotskoncerter hosts a quintet performance Sunday 16th. The famous Danish Tivoli Garden hosts another quintet performance Monday 17th at Harmonipavillonen. Gallerie Rasmus in the town of Odense hosts a duo performance in connection to H.C.A. Festivals Tuesday 18th and on Thursday 20th the quintet line up opens Kulturmødet at Nykøbing Mors. Blum & Haugaard finishes the summer with two performances in connection to the legendary Tønder Festival Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th.

Concerts at Edmonton Folk Music Festival


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is making the long way from Scandinavia to Alberta on the Canadian prairie to perform at the legendary Edmonton Folk Music Festival. They bring their full 6-piece line up for four performances at the festival August 6-9. EFMF is one of Canada’s most popular music festivals with more than 100.000 people passing through the gates during the weekend in Gallagher Park on the southern slope of the North Saskatchewan River valley. Whereas the Blum & Haugaard Band performs at the festival for the first time Haugaard himself has join the festival back in 2004 and 2008 with the duo Haugaard & Høirup.

More info: http://www.edmontonfolkfest.org


Haugaard opens seventh int. Fiddle School

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On Sunday 26th Harald Haugaard opens his seventh international fiddle school at the Christian Jensen Kolleg in Breklum. 120 students from Europe and North America join him and his fellow teachers for an intense week where music and the joy of playing it is the common language. The school offers five fiddle classes on different levels a long side vocal, cello and ensemble classes and was sold out already by January 2015. Dawn Beaton, Hanneke Cassel, Antti Järvelä, Pete Cooper, Kevin Henderson, Lykke Søndergaard and Helene Blum join Haugaard in inspiring the students as well as two public concerts: the teachers’ concert with Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Wednesday 29th 20.00 and the grand finale concert with Flensburger Hofkultur Friday 31st 20.30. While tickets for the teachers’ concert already are sold out you can still purchase tickets for the finale concert.




Full line up at German Summer Festivals


After a short break Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band continues their “Light & Decay Tour” at two lovely German summer festivals. St. Katharina Open Air and Musik in Alten Dorfkirchen in the Montabaur region host the Danish band for performances at Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th. The band has now added their Swedish guitar player Mattias Pérez to the quintet and will perform both concerts with this rare but huge and great sounding line up.

More info and tickets:



Great int. reviews for Lys & Forfald


Lys & Forfald keep getting good feed back. Among the latest reviews are American music magazine Sing Out: “He’s (Haugaard) long being hailed as a virtuoso on his instrument, one who came up early through Danish folk music. But now he’s a man happy in his own skin, with nothing to prove (…) He’s found the depth of feeling to match his prowess, and that raises him to an entirely higher level”.

German music magazine FolkWorld: “As you would expect, this is music of the highest standard”



Haugaard at Glatt und Verkehrt

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The great Austrian music festival Glatt & Verkehrt is taking place in July in the region Wachau along the river Danube. The festival offers a great variety of high profiled concerts as well as summer school “Musikantenwerkstatt”. For the third time Haugaard is teaching at the summer school and on Thursday 9th of July he is giving a special concert with singer Helene Blum and legends in Austrian folk music “Tanzgeiger” at the castle in Spitz 20.00.

Tickets and more info at: https://www.glattundverkehrt.at/de/programm/15-helene-blum-harald-haugaard-duo-die-steirischen-tanzgeiger-reunion-daenemark-oesterreich


Japanese Website

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Harald Haugaard is returning to Japan autumn 2015. As preparations for the tour the agency Mplant has launched a Harald Haugaard web site in Japanese. Get info about Haugaard and the tour in Japanese here:


Touring US North West

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Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is continuing their Light & Decay Tour in the US North West the next week with a return to Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival as well as a two special performances in Portland Oregon.

Check out schedule for more info.

Haugaard opens fiddle school in the US


On June 14 Harald Haugaard opens his second fiddle school. The West Denmark Fiddle School takes place in West Denmark, Luck WI (USA) and offers intermediate and advanced class. American fiddler Hanneke Cassel and Finnish fiddler Antti Järvelä join Haugaard as instructors on this new adventure. The school offers two public concerts, Teachers’ concert Tuesday 16 and Finale concert Thursday 18.

More info: www.westdenmark.net

Great reception of the Carl Nielsen Concert


A sold out Odense Koncerthus enjoyed the tribute concert for Danish composer Carl Nielsen Tuesday night and so did the daily news Fyens Stiftstidende who reviewed the concert with five out of six stars and wrote about genius transitions between folk music and classical music.

The concert will be available later on at: https://www.youtube.com/user/Odensesymfoni/videos

Repertoire Carl Nielsen Concert


The set list for the Carl Nielsen tribute concert Tuesday 9th with Odense Symfoniorkester and Harald Haugaard builds bridges between traditional music and Nielsen’s own compositions.

1. set:

Polka i A (Carl Nielsen) – Vals til Carl (Harald Haugaard) – 2nd Movement of Suite for strings (CN) – Nu lyser løv i lunde (CN) – Pigernes sang (CN) – 1st Movement of 2nd symphony (CN) – Solen er så rød mor (CN) – Suite “Carl Meets Carl” (Christoffer Møller)

2. set:

Niels Malers Vals (Niels Jørgensen) – Tit er jeg glad (CN) – 2nd Movement of 3rd symphony (CN) – Motet #2 (CN) – Den danske sang (CN) – Fordum var der fred (CN) – Polka i A (CN/HH) – Kehraus (CN)

Participants: Odense Symfoniorkester, Filharmonisk Kor, Henrik Vagn Christensen (conductor), Alice Granum (conductor), Fiddlers from Folkalicious, Christoffer Møller (piano), Piotr Stadnicki (fiddle), Anne Sophie Hjort Ullner (sopran), Lucas Bruun de Neergaard (baryton) and Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band.

More info: odensesymfoni.dk

Haugaard and Carl Nielsen’s Birthday


As official Carl Nielsen artist with Odense Symfoniorkester Harald Haugaard has been asked to program and perform the birthday program for one of Europe’s greatest composers Carl Nielsen at his 150 jubilee on June 9th. The birthday concert will take place at Odense Koncerthus June 9th 19.30 and will be followed be pop up concert at Odense’s central square Flakhaven. The participants of the Birthday concert is Odense Symfoniorkester and Filharmonisk Kor conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen as well as the Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Ensemble featuring piano player and composer Christoffer Møller.

Tickets: 140,- DEK – 260,- DEK @ http://odensesymfoni.dk/Webnodes/da/Web/Odense+Symfoniorkester/KONCERTER?date=2015-6-9


Performing at Tønder Festival 2015


We are pleased to announce that the “Light & Decay Tour” will include a performance at the grand Danish festival Tønder Festival Saturday August 29th with the six-piece line up.

Tickets and more info at www.tf.dk

Lys & Forfald – DK

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Efter en forrygende turné i Tyskland med mange flotte anmeldelser og veloplagt publikum spiller Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band tre koncerter i denne uge i Danmark fordelt på Jylland, Fyn og Sjælland. Næsbjerghus ved Varde, Sandholt-Lyndelse Kirke på Fyn og Nødebo Kro på Nordsjælland lægger hus til de tre koncerter. Under “schedule” finder man detaljeret info om tidspunkter og billetsalg. Vel mødt!

Light & Decay in Germany #1

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Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is doing three “Light & Decay Tours” in Germany during 2015. The first one begins Friday 20th and take them to Mühlhausen-Wolfach-Tuttlingen-Dresden-Seefeld (Friesland)-Osnabrück-Wuppertal-Bad Honnef.

The line up for the tour is Helene Blum (vocal & fiddle), Harald Haugaard (fiddle), Kirstine Elise Pedersen (cello), Mikkel Grue (guitars) and Sune Rahbek (percussion).

Successful Release Concert 

It became a long but memorable night when Harald Haugaard and his band performed the “Lys & Forfald” release concert in Slesvighus last Saturday. The concert contained all three albums from the trilogy which “Lys & Forfald” ends for an enthusiastic audience. Daily news Flensborg Avis reviews the concert with five out of six stars and writes:
“Aftenen i Slesvig blev en demonstration af Haugaards unikke begavelse” 
(ENG: The evening in Schleswig became a demonstration of Haugaard’s unique endowment).

Lys & Forfald is out – more tickets for release concert

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Lys og Forfald is released today. The album is available as downloads from various dealers. CDs available in Denmark at Stereo Studio, Alstrøms Boghandel in Faaborg or mail order from www.gatewaymusicshop.dk

CDs available in Germany at various music stores including Musikladen in Flensburg or mail order from www.westparkmusic.de

Vinyl from April 13.

The release concert takes place at Slesvighus in Schleswig Saturday 14th 19.00. All three albums from the trilogy will be performed at this special event. The pre sale has closed but there are more tickets for sale at the venue. Prices: 20,-/10,- €. Doors open at 18.00.

Music Videos Released


In connection to the release of Lys & Forfald Pile House Records is releasing two music videos with Port Orford and Åbne Øjne from the album. Both videos are recorded at Steensgaard castle on Sydfyn by Ard Stürup Jongsma and be watched at Pile House Records’ youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBhyg0Em9NpVOUXqgpzm3Fw

First Reviews for “Lys & Forfald”

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Lys & Forfald is being released Friday 13 but has already got it’s two first reviews.

Austrian music magazine Concerto gives the album the highest note and write “viel Wärme ind Tiefe”.

Nils Thorlund praises the album in the Danish magazine Rootszone and writes “Man kan ikke sidde upåvirket efter gennemlytningen af disse toner – medmindre man er et særdeles følelsesafstumpet individ” (Eng: “You can not sit unaffected by listening through these tones – unless you are a very emotionally blunted human being”) The entire review here: http://rootszone.dk/cd-harald-haugaard-lys-og-forfald/

Light & Decay in Austria

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Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band performs three concerts within this week in the beautiful country of Austria as a leg og the “Light & Decay – Tour”. The concerts takes place in:

March 4th: Sarg Fabrik, Wien – March 5th: Juster, Gutenbrunn, March 6th: Altes Kino St. Florian.

The line up is: Helene Blum vocal/fiddle, Harald Haugaard: fiddle, Kirstine Elise Pedersen: cello and Mikkel Grue: guitars.

More info at www.triart.at

Release Concert March 14


Lys & Forfald is being released March 13 and the day after offers a spectacular release concert. As Lys & Forfald is the last album in the trilogy with “Burning Fields” and “Den Femte Søster” Harald Haugaard will perform all three albums in the same order as released together with the Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band. The concert takes place in Slesvighus, Lollfuß 89, D-24837 Schleswig and begins at 19.00.

Tickets at http://ssf-billetten.de and starts at 9,- EUR




Good start for the Carl Nielsen Folk Band

Carl Nielsen Folk Band 2


As official Carl Nielsen artist with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in 2015 it is one of Harald Haugaard’s tasks to draw the attention to the Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s musical roots. One of the results so far is the creating og the Carl Nielsen Folk Band which includes four musicians from the Orchestra and the Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band. Last week this great ensemble had it’s first appearance Thursday and Friday night in Odense where the performed some of Nielsen’s songs as well as a bunch of traditional dance tunes. The audience participated the dance, sang a long the songs and put a lot of attention to this “cross-over-band”. The daily news Fyens Stiftstidende reviewed the performance: “brilliant and successful cross over concert with the energetic Carl Nielsen Folk Band”

The band performs next time at folkBALTICA May 10th in Flensborg (D).

Official Release Date March 13


Harald Haugaard’s new album “Lys & Forfald” (Eng: Light & Decay) will be released on Friday March 13 2015. The album will be available as digital downloads as well as physical version (CD&LP)

Haugaard Preparing New Album

Harald Haugaard Medley

Tunes are being composed, recorded and mixed. Photos and videos are being shot and edited.
Tours for 2015 are being booked.

Harald Haugaard is preparing his coming album which is set to be released on February 2nd
2015. This album will be the third and last of the trilogy with Burning Fields and Den Femte
Søster as the precursors for this new album. For the first time ever it will be an album
consisting of Haugaard’s compositions only and as it sounds like now the music has developed a lot since the two first albums and the general tone sounds more mellow and deep. The Blum & Haugaard Band is the core of the recordings but guests such as Swedish guitarist Roger
Tallroth, American fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld, Finnish bass player Tapani Varis, Danish pianist
Christoffer Møller and the legendary German ensemble Fraunhofer Saitenmusik have also
contributed to the music so far. Most of the work on the album is going on in Medley Studio
Copenhagen which for has been considered as one of Scandinavia’s finest recording studios.

Opening the 40th Tønder Festival


After a great summer with lot of performances in Europa and North America including a sold out
and successful 6th fiddle school Harald Haugaard is about to close summer activities with a
performance at the Danish folk festival Tønder Festival.

After a break of six years Haugaard is returning to this legendary folk festival when Helene
Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is opening the 40th Tønder Festival Thursday 28th of August at
15.00 at the Open Air Stage. The line up includes all six members of the band counting
guitarists Mikkel Grue and Mattias Peréz, cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen, percussionist Sune
Rahbek and Blum & Haugaard.

The band is planning to perform a mix of tunes and songs from earlier albums as well as a few
tastes from Haugaard’s coming album which is expected to be released in January 2015.

Except from the performance with Haugaard’s own band he will also appear on stage when he
conducts the folkBALTICA youth ensemble in their concert Sunday 31st at 10.30 am in Tent 1.

Haugaard’s last performance at Tønder Festival goes back to 2008 when his former band Haugaard
& Høirup gave their last performance on Danish ground at the festival’s finale concert.

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Schedule Summer 2014


The schedule for the summer 2014 has been updated. The schedule includes a few performances in
Europe with the Blum & Haugaard Band – among them the opening of Tønder Festival 2014.

Besides that there are guest performances with Tip Toe Big Band, the Danish folk trio
Dreamers’ Circus and Blues Brother Souvenir Show as well as a few solo performances.

folkBALTICA and portrait on NDR TV


In connection to the up coming 10th folkBALTICA Festival German TV station NDR has created a
small portrait on Harald Haugaard and his music. It includes Haugaard’s performances for the
Danish Queen at the 1864 show in Dybbøl as well as a visit in Haugaard’s private house and the
surroundings where he lives.

For the second time Harald Haugaard has programmed the German/Danish folkBALTICA Festival
which. The festival celebrates it’s 10th year anniversary. It opens May 7th in Alsion,
Sønderborg (DK) with a concert by the folkBALTICA Ensemble conducted by Harald Haugaard and
last to Sunday 11th. The festival offers 40 concerts in the region of Sønderjylland/Slesvig.

folkBALTICA: www.folkbaltica.de
NDR: (go 20 minutes into the show) www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen

1864 anniversary


On April 18th Danes and Germans gather in remembrance of the horrible war about Slesvig
between the Danish and Prussian/German armies in 1864. VIPs from both side of the border such
as H. M. the Queen of Denmark, the Minister President from Slesvig-Holsten and the Danish
Prime minister do speeches for the audience. Helene Blum %26 Harald Haugaard Band perform
selected tunes and songs together with the folkBALTICA Ensemble and Sønderjysk Pigekor which
means that more than 100 artists will be on stage providing music for this special event.
Danish TV2 Syd is broadcasting live: www.tvsyd.dk

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Blum & Haugaard touring in March


The Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band kicks March off with two gigs in Denmark and continue two German for a return visit to Oldenburg’s Haus des Horens as well as four “new” venues for the band in the South and West of Germany. Before returning to Denmark the band visits Bludenz concert hall Remise” in Austrai for the first time.
Blum & Haugaard finish off the month with a special performance at Sønderborg’s castle in
Denmark. Without the band they accompain Danish star actress Lone Hert’s reading of Herman Bang’s famous novel “Tine” about the 1864 war between Denmark and Germany.

Blum & Haugaard Band wins European Award


2014 begins with some good news. Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band has won the “Eisernen Eversteiner” European Folk Music Award in the 22nd German Folkherbst competition and concert series.
Some of the best and most accomplished folk musicians of Europe are invited each year to compete for the Eiserner Eversteiner award. Nominees are judged by their performances at the Folkherbst concert series in Plauen, where they are evaluated by the audience and a panel of judges.
Helene Blum %26 Harald Haugaard Band’s concert in Malzhaus, Plauen in November 2013 was part of the competition and both the panel of judges and the audience choose Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band as this years winners with the highest score ever. The band will receive the award and perform another concert at Malzhaus in Plauen on January 25th.

The rest of the tour schedule for the spring will be uploaded late January.

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Christmas tour!


The Nordic Christmas Tour 2013 is coming up. The title of the tour this year is “Ind under
jul” (Eng: Before Christmas) and Blum and Haugaard have put focus on Sweden and Swedish music this year. Top artists from the vibrant Swedish folk scene key harp player Erik Rydvall and cellist Leo Svensson join the tour together with Danish guitarist and member og the Haugaard & Blum Band Mikkel Grue.
Except for one concert in Kerteminde, Denmark the rest of the 12 shows are performed in
Please check schedule for tickets and more info.

Open Eyes in D, DK & N


During November Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band will finish the Open Eyes tour with 17
concerts in Germany, Denmark and Norway. The successful “Open Eyes” tour has brought the band
to festivals, clubs, churches and concert halls in Europe and North America during 2013. Nova
Scotian daily news “The Chronicle Herald” reviewed the band’s participating in the opening
concert of Canadian festival Celtic Colours in October this way:

“Upping the stakes even further, Haugaard returned to the stage with singer, fiddler and wife
Helene Blum, and a full band with two guitars, cello and drums. The manpower was as much about
texture as it was volume”

Haugaard Artist in Residence at Celtic Colours.


Every year major Candian music festival Celtic Colours invites two unique artists to take on a
leading role in some aspect of the festival as our Artists in Residence. This year’s Artists
in Residence are Harald Haugaard from Denmark and Kimberley Fraser from Cape Breton.

Celtic Colours: “As Artist in Residence, Harald’s insight and expertise has been invaluable in
helping with this year’s focus on Nordic music and dance traditions”.

Harald Haugaard will perform a large number of concerts during the festival with his own band
Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band and do various cooperations with local artists at the
festival which takes place at Cape Breton Island October 11th-20th.

More info:<br><a href=”http://www.celtic-colours.com” target=”_blank”>www.celtic-

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TV & Radio


During the summer several of Blum & Haugaard’s performances have been recorded by radio and
TV. You can listen or watch some of these concerts:

Aug 15th 22.05 “Songs an einem Sommerabend” at Bayerisches Fernsehen (TV).
Aug 25th 21.03 “Bardentreffen” at Bayern Radio 2.

Later Hessische Rundfunk plans to broadcast Blum & Haugaard’s concert in Bad Wildungen as
well as WDR TV’s broadcast of the “Songs of einem Sommerabend”. More info about this later on.

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Summer Time


The summer 2013 turns out to be one of the busiest ever for fiddler and composer Harald

The Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band is touring in Germany, Denmark, Austria and the US
during June, July and August and this touring includes major music festivals such as
“Bardentreffen” in Nurnberg (D), “Musikfest” in Waidhofen (AT), “Jam Days” in Odense (DK),
Astoria Scan Fest (USA) and “Songs an einem Sommerabend” at Kloster Banz (D). Performance from
this festival will be broadcasted later this year at German’s bigges’t TV station ZDF.

Besides of performing Harald Haugaard also teaches at the Musikantenwerkstatt in Austria as
well as his own summer school “Haugaard’s International Fiddle School” which takes place in
North Frisia in the German/Danish border region July 28th – August 3rd.

The Fiddle School offers two public concerts: the teacher’s concert in Breklum Kirche Tuesday
the 30th of July as well as the finale concert with 125 students on stage in Slesvighus Friday
the 2nd of August.

US tour coming up


After touring in Denmark, Austria, Germany and the UK Blum & Haugaard continue their
successful Open Eyes Tour in the US.

The two Danish artists will perform 18 concerts, give a few workshops and appear live on
various radio stations during June. They open the tour in Wisconsin and Minnesota as duo and
continue in West Coast states Oregon and Washington with their five piece Helene Blum &
Harald Haugaard Band including cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen, guitarist Mikkel Grue and
percussionist Sune Rahbek.

The tour includes performances at Nisswa Stämna, Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival and
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.

For more info look at my schedule page.

Haugaard in Poland


Harald Haugaard is participating the Warsaw based festival Mazurkas of the World with a couple
of solo performances 6th and 7th of May. The festival presents a large number of local as well
as Nordic artists. Viva Mazurkas! Viva Polska!

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Haugaard and folkBALTICA


As the new artistic director of folkBALITCA festival Harald Haugaard will participate the
coming festival April 17th – 21st with a few smaller features. Haugaard participates the
opening concert in Alsion, Sønderborg Wednesday the 17th, “Geigen der Nacht” in Neukirchen
Thursday the 18th and the final concert “Wehmut ind Hoffnung” in Flensborg Sunday the 19th.
Furthermore Haugaard will conduct the festival’s new youth ensemble at their concert Sunday
the 19th at Flensborghus.

Harald Haugaard was named as the festival’s artistic director in June 2012 and this year’s
festival is Haugaard’s first as artistic director.

folkBALITCA festival is based on the border region of Germany and Denmark and is known for
it’s innovative and creative profile and has Poland and Polish music as main focus this year.

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Open Eyes in Austria


Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard continues their Open Eyes tour in Austria. The Blum &
Haugaard Quartet performs in Modling, Gutenbrunn, Feldkirchen and Salzburg March 14th – 17th.
Besides og that Harald Haugaard has given a workshop on traditional Danish music at the
Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

The line up for the tour is Kirstine Elise on cello, Mikkel Grue on guitars and Blum &

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Haugaard with Youth Folk Ensemble


Harald Haugaard is performing five concerts with youth folk ensemble Folkalicious and youth
big band FAUB.

Folkalicious is a youth folk ensemble with 20 students from different music schools. They
perform a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk music and Harald Haugaard is their
artistic director.

Folkalicious and Faub with their conductor Torben Sminge is joining each other in an
experimental cross over between genres and musical styles.

All five concerts are happening at small village halls on Fyn.

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Haugaard joins TV program


TV2-Fyn is launching a new program named “Tjek på årtiet” (ENG: “Check the Decade”) which
contains stories and information about food, clothing, music etc in different decades of the
20th century.

Haugaard joins four of the programs to play and talk about folk music and things, persons and
society related to this. Haugaard’s parts are created at Carl Nielsen Museet in Odense and the
first program is shown Tuesday 26th at 19.55 on TV2-Fyn.

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Great reviews of Peer Gynt – Off Piste


This new theatre play with music of Harald Haugaard is getting great reviews in the daily
Danish news.

Frederiksborg Amts Avis: 5 out of 6
Jyllands Posten: 4 out of 6
Kulturkongen: 5 out of 6
cphculture.dk: 4 out of 6
Politiken: 4 out of 6 – “Excellent new folk music of Harald Haugaard”

Peer Gynt – Off Piste


Copenhagen based theater Riddersalen is setting up a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s famous
drama Peer Gynt. The play is referring the original play but is to be considered as a new and
different version.

Harald Haugaard has been asked to compose music for this new piece which contains songs, dance
music, underscores and various sounds. Harald Haugaard has produced much of the music and
sounds with “natural instruments” such as stone, saw and wood mixed with string instruments.
Part of the music is recorded with Swedish guitar player Mattias Peréz and viola d’amore
player Sophia Stinnerbom.

Peer Gynt – Off Piste is playing at Riddersalen Feb 15th – March 23rd.

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Jan 1st 2013

That was 2012! A great year. Touring with “Den Femte Søster” in Europe has taken up a lot of
time with more than 120 performances during the year. And in the end she received two Danish
Music Awards.

The fourth Haugaard’s International Fiddle School was held with success in August and the
Nordic Christmas tour in December made a perfect end to the year.

2013 will provide a lot of interesting and creative projects which we look forward to inform
about later.

The first performance of the new year takes place January 24th in Odense where Helene Blum is
releasing her new album “Men med åbne øjne”. Tours for 2013 will be announced end of January –
there might be a good chance that we will do a concert near you in 2013.