Habadekuk will be live in Spirit Square on July 31 at 7 p.m. The Masters of Nun will be playing the in between set.

Denmark’s biggest band comes to kick it in Golden

Habadekuk with bring the sounds of Denmark to Golden on July 31 in Spirit Square for Summer Kicks.

Habadekuk with bring the sounds of Denmark to Golden on July 31 in Spirit Square for Summer Kicks.

The band which is known for fierce fiddle playing, powerful horns and contagious rhythms while mixing in salsa, jazz and folk music. Though they mix things up, the band does not forget their traditional side of their country. They also play old Danish dance melodies but have modernized them to fit into the 21st century.

The hype surrounding Habadekuk is rapidly growing.  The busiest Danish folk act ever are in demand all over the globe.

Habadekuk is not without a Canadian connection.  While studying at The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Southern Denmark, the members first heard renowned Quebec folk ensemble, La Bottine Souriante, and decided to form Denmark’s first folk big-band.  Habadekuk built up their impressive repertoire from old Danish folk musicians, from ancient, dusty music books and old field recordings.  Most of their songs are between 150 and 200 years old, from days when the tunes were played at harvest homes, weddings and parties.

“We collect material and use the most exciting stuff in our shows. Inspiration for our arrangements often comes from other types of music. We try to play with enough energy to reach out over the footlights and start a party,” says fiddler, Kristian Bugge. “This music was composed for dancing and that’s the type of energy we work to transmit…we can’t wait to surprise Canadian audiences this summer.”

Habadekuk received a nomination for Live Act of the Year at the 2012 Danish Music Awards and their album ”Hopsadaddy” won Danish Music Award of the Year in 2011. This fall, they are heading back to the studio to record their sophomore album, set to be released in the spring of 2014.


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