Decorah’s Foot-Notes with support from Vesterheim invite everyone to a YouTube Watch Party of the recorded concert Foot-Notes & Friends Play the Music of Johan Arndt Mostad – Lost Tunes from a Norwegian Immigrant’s Notebooks.
To tune in, visit Vesterheim’s YouTube channel here on November 30 at noon. A Watch Party is a way for people to view a video at the same time and interact with one another. The video will remain available for public viewing after the Watch Party.
Johan Arndt Mostad (1833-1909) was a member of a well-known family of musicians from the Frosta area of Trøndelag, Norway. Johan immigrated to northeast Iowa as an adult in 1869 and was a popular performer for local dances and house parties. Along with the performance, the concert includes stories about Mostad’s life in Norway and Iowa and anecdotes from old-time dance parties and barn dances in rural Iowa.
Musicians playing in the concert are Beth Hoven Rotto, fiddle and piano; Jon Rotto, guitar; Ann Streufert, violin and viola; Amy Shaw, flute; and Rob Hervey, bass, mandolin, and guitar. Guest musicians include Bill Deutsch, Janette Dragvold, Tyler Hendrickson, Kailin Jolstad, Lindsey Scott, and Dianne Clark Prieditis, who is a great-granddaughter of Johan Arndt.
“The musicians are thankful for funding support from the American Scandinavian Foundation and filming expertise from Vesterheim staff member Isaiah Solheim,” Rotto said. The concert is dedicated to Decorah musician John Goodin.