Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc (2011)

"The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson who come from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands respectively.  They are three of the finest young fiddlers currently working in the folk music scene and are in great demand playing in various musical constellations throughout the world.  The project is the brainchild of Anders Hall who felt that combining the three unique distinctive fiddle styles together would create a special sound." (Website)

01 | Sangenuten
02 | Un-named Shetland Reel
03 | Polska from Delsbo
04 | Da Greenland Man's Tune
05 | Jenna Reid of Quarff
06 | Maria's 27th Birthday Plattgympa
07 | Midnight on the Water / Bonaparte's Retreat
08 | Halling from Trondheim
09 | Fjellvåk
10 | Paella Grande
11 | Da Full Rigged Ship / The Rigged Ship
12 | Waltz after Lasse in Lyby

Availability: Available directly from the band's website, or in MP3 format on Amazon and iTunes.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hedningarna - Trä

Hedningarna - Trä (1994)

"Hedningarna is a Swedish band, playing Nordic folk-rock.  'Hedningarna' is Swedish for 'the pagans' or 'the heathens'. They combine traditional instrumentation and lyrics - with occasional help from Finnish singers - and modern technology.  Current Hedningarna members are Hållbus Totte Mattson (lute, hurdy-gurdy, mandora, mora-oud, etc), Anders Norrudde (violin, hardingfela, moraharp, basmoraharp, stringed harp, swedish bagpipe, willowflute, cow- and goathorn), Magnus Stinnerbom (viola, hurdy-gurdy etc) and Christian Svensson (percussion and sampler)." (

01 | Täss'on Nainen
02 | Min Skog
03 | Vargtimmen
04 | Gorrlaus
05 | Skrautvål
06 | Pornopolska
07 | Räven
08 | Såglåten
09 | Tuuli
10 | Täppmarschen
11 | Tina Vieri

Availability: Available on Amazon in MP3 and both new and used physical copies.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bukkene Bruse - Bukkene Bruse

Bukkene Bruse - Bukkene Bruse (1993)

"Bukkene Bruse is a Norwegian musical group, focusing on a varied repertoire of traditional and folk-style Norwegian songs, but also including many new compositions based on various Norwegian musical traditions. The members of the group include Annbjørg Lien, a prominent Hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) player, fiddle player and vocalist Arve Moen Bergset, flautist Steinar Ofsdal, and pipe organist Bjørn Ole Rasch.

The group was formed in 1988 in Norway, and has travelled and performed widely in Scandinavia and elsewhere. They were selected as official Olympic Musicians for the Lillehammer Olympic Games, and performed at the closing ceremony." (

01 | Til Sætersdal
02 | Seljefløyel
03 | Haslebuskane
04 | Tabhair Dom Do Lahm (Give Me Your Hand)
05 | Bøn
06 | Nåvårsetermarsjen
07 | Miriams Voggelåt
08 | Fanitullen
09 | Nu Rinner Solen Opp
10 | Målfrid Mi Fruve
11 | Bruremarsj Etter Fiskestigen
12 | Holalsbrura
13 | Rotnheims-Knut

Availability: Readily available used; does not appear to be in print or available in MP3 format in the U.S.  Supposedly it was re-issued in 2013, but Amazon has no copies.