The Town of
Tonder has, through its annual Folk Festival in the last weekend
of August presented a wide range of folk genres since 1973. Hagges
music pub in Tonder has been a base for a wide variety of musical
societies varying from folk, rock to jazz and blues. Musical societies
have been part of the cultural life of Tonder for many years.
Singing, Choral Societies and a society for the appreciation for
Rock and Beat Music (Denmarks first) and a Jazz Club (at one point
Denmarks largest) and the still active and thriving, Noldes Nabo
and many others. A society for the appreciation of Irish traditional
dance, music and singing was lacking not only in Tonder but in
the whole region of Southern Jutland.
When the initial funding period ended the society was reorganized
and some changes were made that made it possible for the society
to seek funding from the German organisation “Culture Dialog”.
arrangements secured the short term future of the project. With
the support of Kultue Dialog the society secured enough funding
to present, over the following 2 years, 8 traditional Sessions,
8 Dance workshops, 2 of which were “Sean Nos Step dancing
6 of traditional Irish Set dancing, 2 Instrumental workshops in
Traditional Irish Music as played on Fiddle, Flute , Box and Piano.
The partnership with Kulture Dialog ended in December 2013 and new
funding is now being sought so TSS can build on the success of the
past 2 years and continue to bring traditional culture to a wider
standing commitee of TSS consists of its chairman Ulrike Matzin,
Vice Chairman Klavs Vester, Tønder, Treasurer Halvor Bogh
Tønder Ordinary members Damien Reynolds Aarhus and Alex Röeder,
Husum, Germany. The societies accountant is Anker Hinze, Tønder.
The association's role in the local environment
The society is to hold workshops and sessions of Irish music and
dancing throughout the year in Tonder. These events should include
an audience not just among musicians but also among a wider public
from throughout Danish/German border region wishing to attend for
a weekend the workshops, sessions and dancing in Tonder.
a weekend workshop attracts an additional 40 bed nights to the town
and some of the towns businesses sponsor prizes for raffles.
The artistic profile
From the start TSS has made some basic artistic
decisions. The workshops must be of a high standard and the performing
teachers and musicians among the best available. Dance workshops
must be done by experienced instructors to live music by competent
musicians preferably from Ireland. The musicians will also be the
cornerstone and serve as inspiration in the sessions.
is intended that the workshops allow everyone to learn in an atmosphere
of mutual respect and the overall result is that everyone gets to
improve in their abilities and skills. The sessions allow participants
and the general public to listen to, and enjoy some of finest musicians
and dancers from Denmark, Germany and Ireland perform in an intimate
and informal setting where the lessons from the day can be discussed
and occasionally practiced.
experienced dancer and instructor Mairead Casey on her first visit
to Tonder was very impressed by the high standard of dancing in
Tonder and praised TSS for not compromising:
ever you do, don´t lower the quality of the music!”
idea to start a local society for Irish Music, Sessions and Dancing
in Tonder took its first serious step in 2010. The path had been
laid in the preceding years by Rene Rasmussen and Halvor Bogh who
later would become founding members of the Tonder Session Scene.
Rene was the singer in a Traditional Irish Scottish band “Painted
Green” and Halvor is a Long term member of the border based
Irish/Scottish band “Drones and Bellows”.
With the active Irish scene for sessions and dance and south of
the border in Kiel and Heide Germany in mind they tried to start
a similar session in Tonder, it resulted in a few sessions in Hagges
pub which faded out. In Denmark, both Copenhagen and Aarhus have
a long tradition for Irish sessions, concerts and dance going back
over 30 years.
Ulrike Matzen and Klavs Vester moved to Tonder from Aarhus in 2009
bringing with them their long and active participation in Irish
music and Dance. Ulrike as an active member and dance instructor
with the Aarhus set dancers and Klavs as a former member of the
irish trad. band Moving Cloud. Dennis Werner a founding member of
the popular German Irish folk band Ballynacally was an active member
of the Irish session scene in northern Germany.
Hoping to restore and develop the idea of regular Irish Sessions
in Hagges Pub Rene Rasmusen, Ulrike Matzen, Klavs Vester, Halvor
Bogh and Dennis Werner agreed to a series of meeting in 2009 and
3. The Project
At these meetings the team discussed the direction for a new Music
project based around Irish Music and Dance. All the people involved
were from a musical back round rooted in the traditions of Irish
Music with networks both south and north of the border. They were
united in their motivation to realize their musical ideals. They
had a venue in which they were welcome and similar groups in Hamburg,
Keil, Heide and Aarhus all within a 2 hour drive of Tonder.
The goal was to create a high quality environment for the practice,
participation and enjoyment of trad. Irish music and dance in Tonder
and also to strengthen the Musical and social networks south and
North of The border. The way to undertake this task was to provide
a forum where people could share their ideas. Planning financing,
implementation, documentation and Evaluation were all on the forums
A larger and broader circle of partners should be involved. The
project should be lifted both in quality and content in regard to
earlier attempts. A dance instructor and 2 to 3 experienced musicians
should be hired to accompany the dancing.
The result was that the five promoters formed a partner group with
Tonder Festival, the German/Danish orchestra Painted Green and photographer
Matthias Ficthner, Niebüll.
The 5 founder members named their society Tonder Session Scene,
hereafter TSS. With partner support TSS worked on a detailed description
of their project which formed the basis for their funding request
from the Danish/German (Kulturbro – Cultural Bridge). The
project received funding for a series of Dance workshop and Sessions.
to our local Sponsores:
Hans Iversen, Det gamle apotek, Sportigan, Vibholm, Kræmmerhuset,
AP Blomster, Zizzi, Imerco, Fri Cykler, Feddersen,
Zilo, Tops, Gaveboden, Christian X. Jefsens Boghandel & Zentralmarkt,