It’s Midsommar! Last year this time we were in Sweden – this year we’re in lockdown 🙁

I decided I would have a go at “Näcken och Sko Ella” which is a great tune for the nyckelharpa.

sky photo

Mercury was difficult to see except by using binoculars. I didn’t know I even had it in the photo until I did some processing to enhance the contrast. Nice to see Mercury though – it’s a tricky planet to see.

nyckelharpa

It’s a while since I collected my lovely nyckelharpa from Olle Plahn in Falun, Sweden, in May 2014. This was me trying to get a tune out of it in the hotel in Falun.

Now we have the first World Nyckelharpa Day! There’s lots going on, including people all over the place playing Björnlåten at 12 noon (UK time). I have added some links here to stuff especially on YouTube which is related.

To get us in the mood, here’s a polska! It’s “Polska efter Johan Jacob Bruun” which I recorded a week ago.

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musical instrument

The Moraharpa build is well underway but I was reminded of another instrument I had come across by accident, and realised that I had enough wood left to make one. It’s also very simple, so has been bashed together very quickly. The photo shows the completed instrument; it’s known as a Jouhikko in Finnish, or a Tagelharpa in Swedish. My version has three strings, made from twisted horsehair. Continue reading