Showcasing actual and re-imagined roots of Scandinavian music, the Nordic Roots Festival will ride off into the midnight sunset this year, morphing into a global roots fest in 2009. Even for a swan song, this year's three-day extravaganza will feature some great stuff, including the local debut of an international acoustic supergroup. That would be the prosaically dubbed Waltz With Me, featuring a quartet of phenomenal string zingers: Norwegian hardanger fiddle ace and visionary composer Annbjørg Lien; American fiddle, guitar, and banjo master Bruce Molsky; viola/fiddler Mats Edén of the innovative Swedish-Norwegian band Groupa; and Canadian-born, Scotland-based cellist Christine Hanson. Sometimes haunting, sometimes frenetic, always intriguing, WWM's music mixes new and old folk traditions with jazz and chamber music. WWM opens the festival Friday with Väsen, the veteran Swedish group that creates a restless, often elegiac, sometimes surreal blend of traditional and progressive elements with... More >>>