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Saturday, July 16, 2011 Options
Things We Did On Our Summer Holiday:
Beautiful Western Norway's Førde Festival

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Rob and frequent fellow traveler Tom Pryor of Nat Geo World Music plus special guest Katie Gentile report back on Norway's International Førde Folk Music Festival.

The Festival, held in the small Western Norway town of Førde, took place from July 7-10 this year (and will be held July 5-8 2012). It spotlights Norway and Scandinavia's vibrant traditional music scenes - always featuring some of Norway's finest hardanger fiddlers - and also features an array of visiting global artists programmed around a different theme each year. This year's international theme was "women's world" with stellar artists like Esma, Oumou Sangare and the Mahotella Queens among the luminaries who traveled to this beautiful land of fjords, glaciers and snow capped peaks.

Tom, Rob and Katie (offering a fiddlers' perspective) share highlights from the experience including excerpts from Rob's field recordings from the festival. And we hear cd tracks by favorite festival performers.

Related links:

Førde Festival - see images and info from this year's festival. The next edition of the festival is July 5-8, 2012.

Folkelarm - Oslo's big annual folk festival, focused specifically on the traditional and new/traditional scenes in Scandinavia (next edition Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2011): - Norway's essential folk / trad music info site:

Photos: Top row: European folk music rookies of the year jam during "Talent 2011" event at Jølster Museum by Arve Ullebo; Jorun Marie Kvernberg gets it done hardanger style at Kviknes Hotel (Kaiser Wilhelm's famous chair partly visible in foreground), by Rob Weisberg; Fiddle Duo Spindel at opening night extravaganza by Geir Birkeland; Devil's Hardanger from Jølster Museum by Rob Weisberg. Second row: Norwegian Second Line (Spelemannslaget cross the bridge during the Førde Festival Parade) by Heidi Hattestein, Solomon Island group Narasirato jamming in the mall and Mayotte's Deba on the nature trail by Oddleiv Apneseth.

Yes folks, it's a real live (Norwegian) glacier. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Two other things very common in Norway (and at the festival): A spelemannslag - a big aggregation
of musicians, especially fiddles - and herring, in all the colors of the rainbow
(Your DJ is suffering from an advanced case of herring withdrawal!).

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Mahotella Queens: Jive Motella Options / Best Of

Knut Reiersrud & Juldeh Camara: Baby Please Don't Go - Tobakobe Options / Trampin' / Shanachie

Jorun Marie Kvernberg: Comparison of Springar styles Options / Recorded at the Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand, Norway, July 2011
Seagulls in the background

Toomas Oks, Katariin Raska & Eeva Lindal (Estonia): Excerpts from Talent 2011 Performance at Forde Festival Options / Field Recording at Førde Festival - Jølster Museum
Mis-ID'ed the venue as Sonnfjord Museum during the program and in earlier iterations of this playlist

Hazelius Hedin: Adjö Farväl Options / Om Du Ville Manniska Heta / Ais

Lelo Nika: Cintec de Ascultare Options / Continuity / A Records / * (0:56:10 )

Esma: Caje Sukarije Options / Songs of a Macedonian Gypsy / Monitor (1:00:33 )

Violons Barbares: Barbar Rock Options / Violons Barbares / * (1:16:13 )

Narasirato: Pan Pipe Medley Options (1:19:07 )

Salem Tradition: Wadam Options / Krié / Cobalt (1:22:39 )

Deba: Singing in Dining Room, Rica Hotel, Førde Options / Field Recording (1:25:13 )

Anne Hytta: Floketjonn Options / Bjorset-Teigland-Hytta - Soli / * (1:31:34 )

Synnove Bjorset: Gralysingspringar Options / Bjorset-Teigland-Hytta - Soli / * (1:46:11 )

Sigrid Moldestad: Frostroyk Options / Sandkorn / Heilo / * (1:49:01 )

Spindel: Du Och Jag Alfred Options / Aminje / Heilo (1:51:52 )

Julie Fowlis: Hug Air A' Bhonaid Mhoir Options / Cuilidh / Spit & Polish (1:54:12 )
Sung in Scots Gaelic - Mouth Music Style

Susanna Baca: Reina de Africa Options / Afrodiaspora / Luaka Bop (2:03:48 )

Joan Soriano: Maria Elena Options / El Duque de la Bachata / IASO (2:07:27 )

Oumou Sangare: Yala Options / Oumou / World Circuit (2:19:15 )

Brass Band of Forde Festival: Marching to the Festival Parade Options / Field Recording in Førde, Norway (2:22:45 )

Houria Aïchi & l'Hijâz Car: La Jument Grise Options / Cavalliers De L'aures (2:27:04 )

Gjermund Larsen Trio: Brudemarsj Options / Hurum / Heilo (2:31:31 )

Sinikka Langeland: Treet Som Vekser Opp-Ned Options / Starflowers / ECM (2:33:55 )

Elisabeth Holmertz, Anders Roine, Harald Skullerud, Elisabeth Vatn: Aquas Plenas Amaritudine Verses 9-16 Options / Martyred Saints and Sister Bells / Heilo / * (2:40:35 )

Kirsten Braten Berg: Eg Gjere Meg Off Til Seterli Options / Songen / Heilo / * (2:44:29 )

Listener comments!

  Sat. 7/16/11 6:22pm Marmalade Kitty:

evening Rob! Glad you enjoyed the International Førde Folk Music Festival!
Great photographs!
  Sat. 7/16/11 6:30pm hamburger / london:

howdy doody
  Sat. 7/16/11 6:31pm other david:

Completely ignorant of Scandinavian folk music, so this is enlightening as well as very enjoyable :)
  Sat. 7/16/11 6:33pm hamburger / london:

tis the devil's instrument of choice!
  Sat. 7/16/11 6:55pm Carol:

Music is great, I'm enjoying it! Went to a wonderful venue in Sweden called Dalhalla, worth a trip for anyone visiting Scandanavia. Other tip: fly via Iceland, which breaks up the long flight and is incredibly beautiful, to boot.
  Sat. 7/16/11 7:37pm Mitten John:

Fun show. Enjoy hearing the travel stories. Puts Mitten Val and I in mind of the TV show "George Pierrot Presents" from Detroit in days past.
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:11pm Your DJ:

Thanks John! I think...
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:37pm other david:

That Sinikka Langeland track was particularly gorgeous
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:41pm Your DJ:

Thanks Other David!
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:43pm Matt Hall:

Rob-- what was that? Violin and piano, 8:35 pm? That was fantastic. Most beautiful thing I've heard in a while.
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:44pm P:

Your it Marc !
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:45pm Your DJ:

Matt - I think that was the Gjermund Larsen Trio - I think...
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:46pm Matt Hall:

Sorry, late to the party. Got it.
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:47pm Your DJ:

Oh and what a party it is!
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:54pm helsingfred:

Norwegian folk music, very nice, cheers! Finnish folk music is more bluegrass than bluegrass, it's way surprising!
  Sat. 7/16/11 8:57pm other david:

I think I got my wires crossed and meant the earlier track.. but it doesn't matter, that was a great set
  Sat. 7/16/11 9:02pm other david:

thanks for the show guys, really enjoyed it :)
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