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The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (Key Fiddle Group) was formed in 1998 to practice and perform Swedish folk music. Their repertoire is drawn mostly from folk tunes in Uppland, Sweden, where the nyckelharpa tradition has its roots. Whether leading a procession, playing for dancing, performing in concert or providing focus for special events, the TC Nyckelharpalag enthusiastically carries on Swedish traditions through music. In performance members of the group wear folk-dräkt, folk costumes modeled after clothing worn on special occasions in the 19th century.

The group is based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota and affiliated with The American Swedish Institute. Membership is open to anyone that wishes to participate as outlined in the membership application.
Click to view: Membership Policy and Application Form

Click the Events tab to the left to view our upcoming performances. Also, those interested in learning to play the nyckelharpa are welcome to visit our regularly scheduled Lagspel (Rehearsals), please contact us at Include your name and the date(s) on which you wish to attend and someone will get back to you quickly.

Board of Directors:

  • Becky Weis Nord: At Large
  • Elise Peters: Secretary
  • Janis Aune: At Large
  • Ronald Mathisen: Treasurer
  • Wes Peterson: President

Committee Chairs:

  • Becky Weis Nord: Music Committee
  • Wes Peterson: Web and Database Committee


  • Elise Peters: American Nyckelharpa Association
  • Cheryl Paschke: American Swedish Institute
  • Ingrid Aune: Social Media


  • Rob Krapfl
The purpose of the TCNL is to educate its members and others about the nyckelharpa traditions as found largely in the Uppland region of Sweden; to conduct educational programs and activities that will promote awareness and knowledge of the nyckelharpa; to provide competent instruction in the traditional music associated with the nyckelharpa; and to provide practice and performance opportunities for its members.
The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag is a 501c(3) non profit educational organization.