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, 12th Aug 3:00pm Svøbsk Quartet, Torvescenen, Svendborg

Sun, 14th Aug 10:30am Harvest mass, Nivå Kirke, Nivå

Thu, 18th Aug 7:00pm Højskoleaften: Svøbsk in India, Sdr. Nærå valgmenighed, Søndre Nærå

Wed, 24th Aug 2:30pm Closed event, Vejen Kirke, Vejen

Sat, 27th Aug 12:00am Svøbsk Trio family concert, TBC, Billund

Sun, 28th Aug 4:00pm Nyborg castle concert, Svøbsk Quartet, Hotel Nyborg Strand, Nyborg

Fri, 2nd Sep 7:00pm outdoor mass, Vejen Kirke, Vejen

Sun, 4th Sep 11:00am Harvest mass, Agedrup kirke, Odense

Sun, 11th Sep 4:00pm Harvest mass, Sporup Kirke, Sporup

Sun, 11th Sep 11:00am Harvest mass & Concert, Læborg Kirke, Læborg

Sun, 18th Sep 9:30am Harvest mass, Rønninge Kirke, Rønninge

Tue, 11th Oct 8:00pm Svøbsk Quartet, Harders, Svendborg

Mon, 24th Oct 12:00pm Seniorhøjskole, Munkebohallen, Munkebo

Mon, 7th Nov 2:00pm concert, Munkebo Seniorhøjskole, Munkebohallen, Munkebo TBC

Tue, 22nd Nov 7:30pm Juletradion With Lunau&Sund, Arrild Kirke, Arrild

Fri, 25th Nov 8:00pm Svøbsk Bal Trio, Teaterbygningen, Køge

Sun, 4th Dec 11:00am Christmass concert for families, Generator, Ringkøbing

Wed, 14th Dec 10:30am Christmas for kindergardens, closed event, Stenløse Kirke, Odense

Thu, 15th Dec 7:00pm Juletradition with Lunau&Sund, Fangel Kirke, Fangel

Sun, 18th Dec 11:00am christmas for families, Musikhusets Foyer, Århus

Wed, 28th Dec 2:00pm Christmas mass for families, Hjallelse Kirke, Odense


Fri, 10th Mar 3:30pm Svøbsk Bal Trio, private arrangement, Rødding Friskole, Rødding, TBC

Sun, 26th Mar 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet Family concert, Klaverfabrikken, Hillerød