|Laura Ellestad in Minneapolis, MN.|
When I listened to this disc I really felt like I was being transformed back in time to a foreign land. Gone were the schottisches, waltzes and polkas that I know of as Upper Midwest music and in their stead are the hallings and springars that my ears can't truly understand, but enjoy. I had the joy of watching Laura play these tunes in my living room and at a another venue and marveled as her feet kept a time that I know the music was following, but didn't understand how.
Her CD follows the lives of 5 Norwegian fiddlers as they came to America to find work. Most of them came in the middle of their lives and were well established fiddlers in their home country. They entertained crowds in the Upper Midwest with the music from their homeland. Laura's research and anecdotes in the booklet really make for a complete package.
This CD feels like a private and emotional envelope into the past, one woman's tunes played with the upmost care and attention. She likes to hang off of notes like wandering close to a cliff. The emphasis is on the drones of the 9 string hardanger and they ring throughout the entire disk, making me feel at home in this foreign landscape.
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