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Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American Old Time Dance Music

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Join Foot-Notes for a public dance at Decorah Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30-9:30 PM

VIDEO - View this lovely short video IOWA, featuring Beth Rotto, Foot-Notes fiddler 
From a documentary series featuring one person from every state 
Created by Brad Barber


Foot-Notes celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2015 by holding the 

with a verified total of 1,881 dancers on Saturday, 
July 25, 2015
at Decorah's Annual Nordic Fest!

To view the special video of the event made by Bailey Mulholland, visit


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BIG NEWS! Due to poular demand, we have reprinted both My Father Was A Fiddler 
and Decorah Waltz! Both are now available for sale right now in Decorah venues!



Beth Hoven Rotto - fiddle

Jon Rotto - guitar, vocals
 Bill Musser  - acoustic bass,
John Goodin - mandolin


Foot-Notes playing on the street at Nordic Fest 2011 in Decorah
Photo courtesy of Julie Berg-Raymond

  . . . a lucky throwback, a dash of cold water in the face--
a wake up call, if you will . . . Decorah's marvelous Foot-Notes are
a sprightly quartet which . . . has specialized in
the antiquated, unamplified music of their immigrant Norwegian ancestors . . .
Foot-Notes are a terrific, organic band-- the likes of which

we just haven't found in these parts for some time.
Take the kids and shake your feet ...
----- Jim Musser (no relation to Foot-Notes bassist), music reviewer,

Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa City, IA

. . . a charming string band from Decorah. Their vibrant performances at
     community dances are significant catalysts for fostering an appreciation for
     traditional dance music within the area's Norwegian-American community.
----- Gregory Hansen, folklorist, Bloomington, IN


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Site last updated: 17 October 2017

Check out our site! If you have further questions about the band or
would like to inquire re. booking Foot-Notes, call Beth at 563/382-9315

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