27th annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 3-4

It’s just shy of three weeks until the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon. Despite the facts that it will be the 27th annual festival, and that I live just a hop, skip and jump down the freeway, and that I’m fully 50 percent Scandinavian, I’ve never been. I aim to remedy that sad state of affairs this year.

My resolve is due in large part to the scheduled presence there of the new Finnish-American musical duo Kaivama. Comprising Sara Pajunen on fiddles and Jonathan Rundman on guitars, keyboards and more, Kaivama released its debut self-titled recording in June, barely 11 months after the two musicians first performed together.

I last caught up with Rundman in 2004, when I reviewed his roots-pop CD Public Library, which featured members of The Silos as his backing band and which I liked quite a lot.

In addition to a dance featuring the music of Kaivama and the Portland band Fossegrimen, ScanFair has all kinds of family activities including arts and crafts, food, film and other cultural explorations. Keep an eye out here for a report on the fair and a review of Kaivama’s CD.

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