Jensen & Bugge – Projekt Dialekt

No.: GO0610 DVD – Year: 2010
Record company: GO’ Danish Folk Music

DVD recordings from 4 different dances and venues in 4 different parts of Denmark

Traditional music and dance from the small islands of Læsø andFanø, from the western Jutland and north western part Jutland,Thy.

Two of Denmark’s most touring young folk musicians Mette Kathrine Jensen and Kristian Bugge have been visiting some of these 4 areas local traditional dancers and musicians, each with their distinct local accent in playing and dancing.

These different local societies with their musicians and dancers, has been an important and great inspiration for Mette Kathrine and Kristian’s musical upbringing and education to their stages today where they are regarded as some of the greatest the traditional Danish musicians.

Therefore it was obvious for them to make this project and invite us to some of their small oases of traditional music and dances.
You will meet and listen to Karl Skaarup, Vagn Dahl Hansen, Kirstine Uhrbrand, Sonnich Lydom, Kenneth Krak, Doris Thygesen, Lilian Vammen og Gitte Vammen a.o.

Beside Jensen & Bugge and this project they both are busy in many other musical bands as Zenobia, Knorifas, Baltic Crossing, Sula, Wenzell & Bugge, Habadekuk a.o.

They are several time nominated and award winners at the Danish Music Award.

Jensen & Bugge:
Mette Kathrine Jensen: Accordion
Kristian Bugge: Fiddle

DVD – 4 parts:
1. Fanø (18:10)
2. Læsø (19:04)
3. Vestjylland (14:12)
4. Thy (24:04)

16 p. booklet with info and stories.
Including explanatory notes to some of the dance and music expressions.
English translations and subtiles.

Review by Eelco Schilder,
“…The last album is a very special DVD from Denmark by Jensen & Bugge called Projekt Dialect. These two young musicians, together with accordion player Mette Kathrine Jensen, organized four dance concerts. Now, that might not sound very interesting, but the way they did this really is. They choose four places in Jutland and organized a Vestjysk, Læsø, Fanø and a Thy concert. Four places who have their own dancing and music style, all Danish but all with their own ‘Dialect’ (Which explains the title of this DVD). They invited eight local musicians who understand the details of the selected region to play with them. The DVD includes some interviews and explanations, which have English subtitles. That helps making this DVD and international interesting document for lovers of the Danish regional folk music and dancing. The recordings itself are a bit amateurish and could easily have been filmed fifty years ago, but they are effective and show what the initiators , musicians and dancers want to express. That’s why I think this is a great DVD with modern fieldwork of two inspired young musicians.”

Blog entry by Chris Nickson at
Projekt Dialekt
For the first blog entry, it’s not a CD review, but thoughts about a DVD. Mette Kathrine Jensen and Kristian Bugge (collectively known as Jensen & Bugge, an accordion and fiddle duo who perform together regularly) had been working on Projekt Dialekt for quite a long time, and it’s finally seen the light of day.
It’s traditional music and dance from four distinct regions of Denmark – Læsø, Fanø, Vestjylland (West Jutland) and Thy. The dance aspect is every bit as important as the music as different areas have their specific dances, which are perfectly illustrated here. Not in a dry documentary fashion, but from the musicians (with local accompaniment) playing for a night of dancing.
Add to that recollections of dancers (especially charming are Doris Thygesen’s memories of dances on Fanø just after the war) and you have a package that explores a very significant part of Danish music.
Much Danish music (tunes, not songs) is intended for dancing, even in the old notebooks of fiddlers that are the basis for some of the music being made nowadays. Unlike its darker Swedish counterpart this is music for twirling the partner with the head up. Many of the origins lie in 18th century English music, but the tunes themselves develop and take on local flavour, with variances from region to region (and kudos for including the venerable Karl Skaarup playing, as well as Vagn Dahl Hansen, another veteran of dance music, and Sonnich Lydom). There has to be a swing to it to make it danceable. That swing is a common factor internationally, and it’s certainly present here.
The Danish dances aren’t always easy (as I once discovered; Kirstine Sand was an excellent teacher but I was a hopeless pupil), but well-performed they have real grace, and the dancers here obviously love what they’re doing. The truly encouraging part is that a fair number of those out on the floor are young, so the traditions won’t quickly die away.
Project Dialekt is something that’s eminently satisfying. It gives a context for everything, a feel for local history, for time and place. Musically it’s all wonderfully smooth and played with gusto and pleasure. It helps to preserve things, which is no mean feat, and serves as a reminder that traditions are living things, not to be left in museums.

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