November 23, 2014
by Morten Alfred Høirup

Borcher Madsen was born in 1815 in Væggerløse on Falster, he married and moved to Nykøbing where he worked as Music Director for many years, until his death in 1897.

We know about 100 melodies from his hand, and at the behest of Frede Nielsen from Højreby Spillmandslaug, the duo "Jensen & Bugge", i.e. Mette Kathrine Jensen (Harmonica) and Kristian Bugge (Violin), selected 16 melodies, which we then arranged for violin, accordion and guitar, and recorded in Soundscape Studio with Louise Nipper in Frederiksberg.

There is quite a variety of dance music, polkas, waltzes, hops, minuets, Rhinelanders and reels, melodies with titles such as "Slid din Tid", "Efterårsvalsen", "Vilhelmine Polka", "Fanny Polka", "The Countess's Menuet" etc.

The album will be released in the summer of 2015 on the 200th anniversary of Borcher Madsen's birth, together with a collection of Borcher Madsen sheet music, and will be followed by a series of concerts around Denmark.

But already on 27 November 2014, Jensen & Bugge + Høirup play a concert with some Borcher Madsen melodies at the Riksscenen in Schous Kulturbryggeri in Oslo, Norway, and on 29 November the trio plays together with Sonnich Lydom (harmonica, harmonica), Malene Beck (piano) and Anders Ringaard (trombone), for Thy ball in connection with the Danish Music Award Folk's Gala Fest in Jazzhouse in Copenhagen.

Jensen & Bugge + Høirup's collaboration stretches back a few years, and the trio has played at dances and concerts around Denmark and in the French part of Canada. Follow along here on the page or at

(Photo: Jensen & Bugge + Høirup in Frederiksberg Garden November 2014)