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Polska in Dalarna & Northern Sweden, SFT Vol. 1

Laurie Hart, Stefhan Ohlström

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Volume 1 of the Scandinavian Fiddle Tradition series, Laurie Hart (fiddle, nyckelharpa) and Stefhan Ohlström (fiddle, viola). 27 polskas from the northern half of Sweden, in glorious harmony, all instrumental. 2010.

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Laurie Hart (melody fiddle) & Stefhan Ohlström (harmony fiddle / viola)

Laurie Hart (melody fiddle) & Stefhan Ohlström (harmony fiddle / viola)

Instructional version SFT vol 1

Laurie Hart & Stefhan Ohlström

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The same album but with foot-tapping so you can find the tricky polska beat, Stefhan announcing the titles in Swedish, and melody and harmony in separate channels for music-minus-one practice.

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Laurie's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle)

Laurie's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle)

About the album

Volume 1 of my 5-volume Scandinavian series, this album features Swedish dance tunes played in harmony by two expert fiddlers, for listening, dancing or tune-learning.  The tunes range from joyous to brooding, dark to light.  Available as regular and instructional versions (below).

Polska is a uniquely Swedish 3/4 time couple dance form which pre-dates the waltz.  There are many different kinds of polskas from the different provinces and villages of Sweden.  Volume 1 covers the musically-famous villages of Dalarna province, and other provinces of the northern part of the country.

Reviews

"I just received CD 1 in the mail, listening to it right now, and I am SO excited!! It's GREAT!!! I am in Polska heaven!! your playing (and Stefhan's) is beautiful, and I can't wait to be proficient enough to play the tunes myself! so thanks!" -- Erin 

"Wonderful! I want to learn every tune on it." -- Catharine 

"Great harmonies! This has become one of my favorite CDs." -- Joanne 

"Your CDs are always gifts to humanity. And the cover of this latest one is exquisite, celebrating the beauty of the instruments as well as the music." -- Camille Doucet, visual artist 

"Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! We'll be dancing to that Orsapolska tune ---sounds great!" -- Bruce Emery, dance instructor 

"Ken says 'exquisite', I say 'sumptuous'. Your new CD is so beautiful. What a wonderful holiday gift." -- Debra Moree, professor of Viola, Ithaca College

"Thanks so much for the CDs! Danse ce Soir and Scandinavian Fiddle Tradition 1 have been in constant rotation at home and in my car ever since they arrived. Listening to them makes me happy, instantly. Your playing is absolutely marvelous! Double extra thanks for making me the special CD of the instructional version of the Fiddle Tradition 1 CD: it's like having a secret decoder ring! Some of those polskas are mighty slippery-sounding in the meter department, but now I'm starting to figure out where beat 1 is!" -- Ernie

Credits 

Laurie Hart - melody fiddle (nyckelharpa on tracks 5, 8, 22, 27)  
Stefhan Ohlström - harmony fiddle (viola on tracks 6, 13, 18, 27)  

Produced by Laurie Hart  
Recorded by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland Studio, Newfield NY  
Stefhan Ohlstöm, photography  
Barbara Tefft, graphic design

Notes on the music

Translation note: efter means “in the style of”,  från means “from”, and av means “by”. 

Included below in bold are suggestions for which Swedish polska dances go with which tunes.  Let me know if you have other suggestions. 

1. Bellmans polska efter Karl Lindblad från Axmar, Gästrikland - 2 fiddles 

2. Polska från Åmot, Gästrikland efter Olof Karlsson - 2 fiddles 

3. Polska från Garpenberg, Södra Dalarna efter Kefas Hedbom - 2 fiddles 

4. Gammalpolska (old polska) efter Anders Tull från Leksand, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

5. Polska efter Omas Per från Transtrand, Västerdalarna (Malung 2) - nyckelharpa, fiddle 

6. Bakmes efter Åker Erland från Malung, Västerdalarna (Bakmes från Idre) - fiddle, viola 

7. Enkronaspolskan (the ten-cent polska) efter Omas Per från Transtrand, Västerdalarna - 2 fiddles 

8. Ekopolska (echo polska) efter Isak Anders från Älvdalen, Västerdalarna - nyckelharpa, fiddle 

9. Vallåtspolskan (the herding tune polska) efter Gössa Anders från Orsa, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

10. Polska efter Bleckå Anders från Orsa, Dalarna- 2 fiddles 

11. Slövagubbens måg (the slobby old man’s son-in-law) efter Jonas Hedin från Boda, Dalarna- 2 fiddles 

12. Klabblåten efter Got Olle från Boda, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

13. Jässpôdspolska (guesthouse or banquet polska) efter Röjås Erik från Boda, Dalarna - fiddle, viola 

14. Getingen (the wasp) efter Hans Dalfors från Ore, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

15. Polska i A-moll (in A minor) efter Hans Dalfors från Ore, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

16. Kaffelåten (the coffee tune) efter Pekkos Per från Bingsjö, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

17. Polska i G-moll (in G minor) efter Pekkos Per från Bingsjö, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

18. Polska i C-dur (in C major) efter Pers Olle från Rättvik, Dalarna - fiddle, viola 

19. Olles polska efter Höök Olof från Rättvik, Dalarna - 2 fiddles 

20. Trollet i skäkten (the troll in the flax mill) av Johan Von Schwarz (1680-1708) från Bollnäs, Hälsingland - 2 fiddles 

21. Dunderbergs Storpolska (great polska) efter From Olle från Järvsö, Hälsingland (Polska från Alfta-Arbrå) - 2 fiddles 

22. Senpolska (slow polska) från Torp, Medelpad efter Fannberg - nyckelharpa, fiddle 

23. Slängpolska (sling polska) från Torp, Medelpad efter Mandis Nilsson - 2 fiddles 

24. Polska från Jämtland efter Olof Löfgren i Sveg, Härjedalen (Gammalpolska från Föllinge) - 2 fiddles 

25. Polska i G-dur (in G major) efter Lapp-Nils från Jämtland (Gammalvänster från Oviken, Åtabakspolska) - 2 fiddles 

26. Klackpolska (heel or stamp polska) efter Kôks August från Stigsjö, Ångermanland - 2 fiddles 

27. Polska från Fällfors, Västerbotten efter Löfgren - nyckelharpa, viola 

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