What is a nyckelharpa?

The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument that has been played, in one form or another as it evolved, for more than 600 years. At least four different versions of the nyckelharpa are still played today, an uncommon situation for most folk instruments.

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Upcoming Event:

Saturday, September 17, 2022  

1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Please join us for a zoom jam celebrating Matt Fichtenbaum to be led by Bruce Sagan. One of the tunes we will play is Bruce’s new composition Polska till Matt (teaching video and PDF)More details to follow.


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Bart Brashers: 1965-2021

With great sadness we share with you that Bart Brashers, co-founder of the ANA and brilliant musician, has passed away. We have collected many of his own tunes.
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