DANISH traditional music duo Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barlsund are set to perform in Purbeck.

The pair, who have been described as musical storytellers, will be playing the Square & Compass pub, Worth Matravers, near Swanage, in March.

They play the fiddle and accordion and are one of Denmark's leading traditional music acts.

While Rune grew up with Danish traditional music from early childhood and took up the accordion at the age of six, Andreas didn’t become aware of folk music until his mid-teens. Andreas had begun playing classical violin at the age of nine and had just made the decision to take up guitar instead when he went along to a class Danish fiddler Harald Haugard was teaching.

“I think the main reason I was attracted to the music was the social aspect,” says Andreas.

It was when Andreas was living in Odense, Denmark's third-largest city, that he and Rune first met. “Soon afterwards, Rune left to study Irish music for a year in Limerick, where he came under the tutelage of Derek Hickey, from De Dannan, and took whistle lessons from Thomas Johnston,” says Andreas. “But he only attended the first semester, after which he stayed on because he loved the music and spent the rest of the time in a freezing cold house and playing sessions in local pubs.”

At the same time Andreas was across the Atlantic, playing old-time American music and bluegrass in Boston. Then a further period of first-hand study took Rune to Finland, adding another influence to the music he and Andreas make as a duo.

“Our travels have definitely had an impact on the way we play,” says Rune. “It can be a challenge playing in a duo because you’re really quite exposed, compared to say in a trio or quartet, but it’s also easier to improvise, be spontaneous.

"It certainly keeps us on our toes.”

The pair will play the Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, on March 14.