Frigg, a Scandinavian band of fiddlers, to kick off its U.S.-Canada tour in Maine ULLA NIKULA PHOTO

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BLUE HILL — Frigg, a Scandinavian group of fiddlers who play their own fusion of Nordic folk and American bluegrass, will perform Saturday, Aug. 13, in Belfast, Sunday, Aug. 14, in Little Deer Isle and Monday, Aug. 15, at Tinder Hearth Bakery in Brooksville. The latter concert is sold out and there is a wait list.

Based in Helsinki, Frigg — the word means “to love” and is derived from Norse mythology — has a diverse following of fans whose tastes include folk, world and classical music. The group is kicking off its U.S. and Canada tour in Maine. On the Blue Hill Peninsula, Bagaduce Music is playing host to Frigg.

“Bagaduce Music is so excited to be launching Frigg’s North American tour,” says Executive Director Teresa Myrwang. “This Finnish band specializes in a unique fusion of Western folk music, with a focus on the traditions of Finland and Norway. We are so fortunate to have this world-class group sharing their talents in Maine this summer.”

During its more than 20 years together as a band, Frigg has released nine albums and performed on numerous Asian, European and North American tours. It is considered one of the best-known Finnish folk acts in the world.

“The band flies, in a mix of traditional and their own tunes, all shapely, ingenious, and delivered with acute mastery and massive swing and energy,” wrote Andrew Cronshaw of Roots magazine about the group.

As part of the Belfast “Summer Nights” Series, Frigg will perform at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Steamboat Landing Park and Gazebo. A participatory dance will follow the concert in collaboration with the Belfast Flying Shoes. Donations will be accepted at the event.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Finnish band will perform at 7 p.m. at a Little Deer Isle residence. Due to popular demand, a “concert only” ticket is available for $40 per person. At 6 p.m., preceding the concert, a catered reception will be held. That event, including the concert, costs $250. Proceeds benefit Bagaduce Music.

Bagaduce Music’s mission is to collect, preserve and lend printed sheet music and to promote the appreciation, knowledge, and performance of music.

To reserve tickets, go to bagaducemusic.org. For more info, call 374-5454.

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