Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hardanger fiddle maker's 1920 Catalogue

I went to the auction house the other night to try to get a 1922 Gunnar Helland hardanger fiddle. My bid was unsuccessful, but I was able to get some great photos of the Helland brothers 1920 catalogue. Gunnar and his brother moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin from Norway in 1901 and are responsible for many quality hardanger and flat fiddles that can still be found around the Upper-Midwest.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Great Video Featuring Iowa Fiddler Beth Rotto



Beth Hoven Rotto is one of my heroes in the Upper-Midwest traditional music scene.  She sat knee to knee with the great Minnesota fiddler, Bill Sherburne, and learned most of his tunes before he passed away.  She continues to dive into the archives of NE Iowa, to preserve the legacy of local fiddlers gone by.  Here is a great video from a guy who is featuring one story from every state and he choose to feature Beth.  It is a wonderful short little tribute!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Forgotten Upper-Midwest Music- Special Episode: Elmo Wick

This video documents elements of the presentation Walter Sigtermans made on "Elmo Wick and the Fiddlers of Crow Country, Minnesota". This information was presented at workshops put on by Marypat Kleven and the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association in 2016, held in three locations across the state.  This one is a bit longer, but there was so much great info to share.