About Us

Who Is SmörgåsBandet?

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We love what we do and we do what we love! We will bring back memories from years ago or make new ones with the songs in our repertoire.

Smörgåsbandet has performed at the Norst Hostfest in North Dakota; the Scandinavian Festival of Atlanta, Georgia; Scanfest of New Jersey; Sweden Day of New York; Scandinavian Night at Eisenhower Park, Long Island NY; and countless Scandinavian events on board yachts, in restaurants, banquet halls, picnics and private backyards!

Jeanne Eriksson Andersen

(Accordion, Dance, Emcee, Vocals)

Wayne Söderlund

(Accordion, Vocals)

Chad Widman

(Drums, Vocals, Media)

Johnny Soderlund

(Guitar, Recording Engineer, Vocals)

Walter Eriksson jr.

(Nyckelharpa & Guitar)

Ingrid Olsson

(Special Guest Singer)

 

Smörgåsbandet has performed at the Norst Hostfest in North Dakota; the Scandinavian Festival of Atlanta, Georgia; Scanfest of New Jersey; Sweden Day of New York; Syttende Mai Parade in Brooklyn NY, Scandinavian Night at Eisenhower Park, Long Island NY; and countless Scandinavian events on board yachts, in restaurants, banquet halls, picnics and private backyards!

About Us: “Past, Present & Future”

Jeanne is the daughter of the late maestro Walter Eriksson, ( www.WalterEriksson.com ), was brought up in the very Scandinavian community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She has been dancing since age 5 and playing accordion & piano since childhood. Swedish-American of the Year 2005, Jeanne was knighted by the King of Sweden in 1996 with the Order of the Polar Star medal. A member of the Vasa Order of America, she is emcee & ringleader at the annual Swedish Midsummer in Manhattan with thousands attending, and is a member of Sons of Norway, SWEA, FAWN, and Society Åland of NY. Her grand-parents immigrated to America in the early 1900s from Sweden and Finland.

Wayne Söderlund´s paternal grandparents were from Sweden, and Wayne has been playing accordion all his life. Specializing in jazz, Wayne discovered Scandinavian music through the Scandinavian Accordion Club of NY, where he met Jeanne and Chad.

 

Chad Widman is Jeanne´s son and is a “natural”. A very animated percussionist. He creates all of our Video & Social Media & Website Creations – “Widman Productions”

 

Johnny Soderlund is Wayne’ Son and he TOO is a “natural”. A percussionist and guitar player for Smörgåsbandet since he was a very young boy. He is the SRS Sound Engineer for the latest recordings of Smörgåsbandet.  

Walter Eriksson jr is the son of the late maestro Walter Eriksson, ( www.WalterEriksson.com ) – Walter was brought up in the very Scandinavian community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. “Wally” has been involved in the scandinavian community since childhood and plays several instruments, Nyckelharpa, Drums, Guitar and the violin.

Ingrid Olsson is is a specialist in Scandinavian folk music and art song. She began performing in the Scandinavian community in Brooklyn when she was four years old. She is a life long friend of Jeanne. Sadly, our beloved Ingrid passed away in 2016. We continue to play the scandinavian music she loved to be a part of. Sov I Ro Ingrid <3  

 

Founding members:

Arthur Carlson, Walter Soderlund, Kyle Soderlund, Einar Ericson, Randy Widman