Svøbsk – seducing Danish folk music with a sound of timelessness

Listening to the playing of Maren Hallberg and Jørgen Dickmeiss makes you sense a close personal relationship between two people converging towards a common destiny. They create an enchanting atmosphere with soul and deep empathy and they perform closely intertwined, as in the traditional dance from which they took the name Svøbsk. The music is a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk music brilliantly played, breathing life into playful pieces with intriguing melodies. Their bright and articulated music is rooted in the revived legacy of folk traditions from Denmark and its surrounding countries.

Hallberg and Dickmeiss have allied themselves with the two great musicians Theis Langlands and Simon Busk and their contributions on piano and percussion complement most beautifully the closely knit musical patchwork of Svøbsk. The musicians draw on a wide range of musical expressions which is united with their deep respect for the Danish tradition. The joy of playing is present and it is clearly to everyone that they inspire each other in their playing.

Svøbsk has existed since 2003, when Hallberg and Dickmeiss met each other at the conservatory of Funen, where they both studied at the folkmusic department. As a duo they released their much acclaimed CD Sig mig (“Tell me”) in 2005 which was nominated for a Danish music awards as debut of the year 2006. Their second album En klang af tidløshed (“A sound of timelessness”) – released in 2009 – added piano and percussion to the setup.

Svøbsk play a large number of concerts in clubs, festivals, churches and schools every year and have been touring Canada, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Poland, Scotland and Germany.

Svøbsk is the name of a melody – and dancetype, where you turn ’round and ’round in a close embrace until you get all “svøbsked”.

Svøbsk is pronounced: swirbsk” – with the “ir” as in bird!

Svøbsk is touring as a duo, trio and quartet.

The lineup is:

Maren Hallberg – accordion
Jørgen Dickmeiss – violin, vocal, mandolin, guitar, jaws harp, harmonica
Theis Langlands – piano, jaws harp
Simon Busk – percussion

Upcoming events


Fri, 14th Aug 3:00pm Musik Karavanen, The Music Caravan from Fynen play The streets of Odense, Odense

Sat, 15th Aug 11:00am Musik Karavanen, The Music Caravan from Fynen play The streets of Middelfart, Middelfart

Sun, 23rd Aug 3:00pm concert, Sulelængen, Magtenbølle

Tue, 25th Aug 2:15pm Svøbsk Kvartet SFO koncert, Rosendalskolen, Hobro

Thu, 27th Aug 9:00am Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Steinerskolen, Lindved, Odense

Fri, 28th Aug 12:00am Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Ølsted Specialskole, Ølsted

Fri, 28th Aug 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Tingkærskolen, Odense

Sun, 30th Aug 11:00am Harvest mass, Agedrup Kirke, Odense

Mon, 31st Aug 8:50am Svøbsk Kvartet SFO koncert, Vestre Skole, Odense

Fri, 4th Sep 7:00pm Svøbsk Trio, World music Festival, Konservatoriets Fællessal, Rosenørns Allé, København

Sun, 13th Sep 10:30am Harvest mass, Læborg Kirke, Læborg

Sun, 20th Sep 10:30am Høstgudstjeneste, Egedal kirke, Kokkedal

Sun, 27th Sep 11:00am Harvest mass, Rønninge kirke, Rønninge

Wed, 30th Sep 8:45am Svøbsk Quartet workshop, private event, Fåborg Midtfyns kommune, Ringe

Thu, 22nd Oct 9:00am Svøbsk Kvartet scool concert, private event, Medborgerhuset, Herlevgårdsvej, Herlev

Tue, 27th Oct 11:00am Svøbsk Quartet Family concert, Kulturhuset, Skanderborg

Fri, 30th Oct 4:30pm Svøbsk Kvartet family concert, Nygadehuset, Aabenraa

Sun, 1st Nov 3:00pm Svøbsk Kvartet family concert, Frivagten, Marstal

Wed, 11th Nov 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Carl Nielsen Skolen, Nørre Lyndelse

Thu, 12th Nov 12:30pm Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Carl Nielsen Skolen, Nørre Lyndelse

Fri, 13th Nov 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Broby Friskole, Broby

Sat, 5th Dec 7:00pm Juletradition med Lunau&Sund og Julebal, Gyngen, Århus

Sun, 13th Dec 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet christmass concert, Generator, Ringkøbing

Wed, 16th Dec 9:00am Lukket arr. / Julegudstj. for børnehavebørn, Stenløse Kirke, Odense

Tue, 29th Dec 2:00pm Christmass in the church, Hjallelse Kirke, Odense


Sat, 13th Feb 11:00am Svøbsk Kvartet family concert, Morsø Folkebibliotek, Nykøbing Mors

Thu, 11th Mar 3:30pm Svøbsk Bal Trio, private arrangement, Rødding Friskole, Rødding

Thu, 25th Mar 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet School concert, Broskolen, Afd. Bøgehøj, Årslev