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Vidar Skrede and Patrick Ahlberg will bring acoustic folk music from Norway and Sweden to the Betty Strong Encounter Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

The musicians will use violin, hardingfele (a traditional Norwegian stringed instrument) guitar and voice to perform music brought by immigrants to the United States.

Skrede, from Haugesund, Norway, is a Nordic folk musician on guitar, hardingfele and Greek bouzouki. He has a master’s degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.  He has performed with a range of bands and artists, on national TV in Norway and Iceland, and has been heard on radio programs in Nordic countries and the United States, including two live radio concerts in “Studio 19” at NRK P2.

Ahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist from Sannahed, Sweden. He regularly plays and performs music of the United States and Sweden. His current projects include duets of contemporary tunes and arrangements with the Nashville fiddler George Jackson and a solo exploration of Swedish fiddle tunes on the classical guitar.