Vidar Skrede

(from Haugesund, Norway) is a freelance Nordic folk musician and teacher on guitar, Harding-fiddle, fiddle, mandolin, and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway) and has a master’s degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Vidar is known for bands like Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND (with Pilvi Järvelä and Jani Kivelä from Tsuumi Sound System), Geitungen (Olav Christer Rossebø from Bergen Mandolin Band and Earlybird Stringband – and Håvard Ims), The Secret Carpet Club (with Emma Johansson from Eter, Seaquins – and Carl Nyqvist), AAMOS (with Kevin Henderson from Fiddlers’ Bid, Boys of the Lough, SessionA9, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – and Mark Laurenson). He has also performed with artists like Vegar Vårdal, Patrik Andersson, Frode Haltli, Stian Carstensen (from Farmers Market), Kristian Bugge (from Baltic Crossing), Niklas Roswall (from Ranarim), Zar (DK), Bodega (UK), Sver (NO), Arja Saijonmaa (FI), Liz Carrol (USA) and Bruce Molsky (USA).

Vidar has appeared on national television in Norway and Iceland, and has been heard on radio across the Nordic countries and throughout the USA, which includes two live radio concerts at NRK P2 in legendary “Studio 19”.

Vidar has released CDs like “Geitungen – Bra Kast” (Grappa 2005 – awarded at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards), “Geitungen – Langt Ute” (Grappa 2010 – nominated at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards), “The Secret Carpet Club – Village” (Nordic Stomp 2011), “AAMOS – Caravan” (Nordic Stomp 2011) and “Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND – Happy Monkey” (Nordic Stomp 2013 – nominated at Emma Gaala – the Finnish Grammy awards).

Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and a popular tune writer – his compositions are played and recorded by bands like Fiddlers’ Bid and Blazing Fiddles besides his own projects.