Ulf-Arne Johannessen comes from Ål in Hallingdal, an area in Norway known for its important ties to the tradtional music and dance scene, having named one of the most famous dances of all: the Halling. Also called «Laus» in Hallingdal(meaning loose).

 

Ulf-Arne dances of course the Halling and has the last ten years been travelling in Norway and around the world performing with Alexander Rybak and FRIKAR, Concerts Norway and other norwegian institutions and companies. In 2009 he both became national champion in Halling and Springar(couple dance). 

 

He is also a skilled button box-player(one-row accordion) and he is specially dedicated to the unique accordion tradition in the valley of Hallingdal. In fall 2014 he gave out his solo album «Einpikkarn´n» with great reviews.
He has partaken in several theater productions, including Gösta Berling Saga at Västanå Teater in Sweden and The Little Prince at Sogn og Fjordane Teater(Førde,Norway).


In 2012 Ulf-Arne became Director of «Folkemusikkveka»(the Folk Music Week) which dates back to 1976, making it the longest running Norwegian music festival solely dedicated to the rich folk culture of Norway