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


Wed, 16th Jun 7:00pm Song evening, Frvillighedscentret, kongens Bastion, Nyborg

Sun, 20th Jun 10:30am Midsummer mass, Uggerslev kirke, Uggerslev

Sat, 26th Jun 11:00am concert, Gladsaxe Library, Gladsaxe

Fri, 2nd Jul 2:00pm Family concert, Sønderholiv, forsamlingstelt, Sønderho

Tue, 6th Jul 7:30pm concert, Øsløs Kirke, Øsløs

Tue, 13th Jul 11:00am The island concert, The harbour of Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft

Tue, 3rd Aug 10:00am Svøbsk Kvartet family concert, Nordborg Bibliotek, Nordborg

Sat, 7th Aug 10:00am Morgensang, Mopf, Præstø

Wed, 18th Aug 3:00pm concert for sniorclub, Rynkeby Kirke, Rynkeby

Sun, 22nd Aug TBA Harvest mass, Agedrup Kirke, Odense

Sat, 11th Sep 9:00pm Golden Days, Pakhus 8, Præstø havn, Præstø

Sat, 25th Sep 9:00pm private event, Rødvig kro, Rødvig

Sun, 26th Sep 11:00am Harvest mass, Rønninge Kirke, Rønninge

Sat, 2nd Oct 12:00am Brunch concert, Sulelængen, Magtenbølle

Fri, 15th Oct 7:00pm Svøbsk BalTrio i Fynboerne, Seniorhuset, Odense

Sat, 23rd Oct 10:00pm Dragon festival , Torvet, Kerteminde, TBC

Thu, 4th Nov TBA Svøbsk Quartet spil dansk, Brenderup Aktivitetscenter, Brenderup

Fri, 12th Nov 7:30pm Svøbsk Trio, Bakkegården, Odense

Sat, 27th Nov 7:00pm Juletradion With Lunau&Sund, Thy folk TBA, TBC

Sun, 5th Dec 10:00am Svøbsk Quartet christmass concert, Generator, Ringkøbing, TBC

Wed, 15th Dec 9:00am Lukket arr. / Julegudstj. for børnehavebørn, Stenløse Kirke, Odense, TBC

Fri, 24th Dec 11:00am Christmas mass for families, Tornbjerg Kirke, Odense, TBC

Mon, 27th Dec 10:30am Christmas mass for families, Tornbjerg Kirke, Odense, TBC

Wed, 29th Dec 2:00pm Christmas mass for families, Hjallelse Kirke, Odense, TBC


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

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

Tue, 1st Nov TBA Svøbsk Kvartet family concert, Frivagten, Marstal, TBC