I prefer the portrait version of this photo (on the website) but this is cropped so it will be visible in Facebook … Continue reading
I love dammsugare (vacuum cleaners)! Together with Swedish coffee, of course.
There are lots of rune stones in the part of Sweden we were visiting. This was the biggest, with runes and interlacing patterns carved into a large rock.
Here are videos from the Nyckelharpstämma that I’ve put on YouTube. Thanks Marwyn for doing the recordings, this time on a little Nikon Coolpix A10 which at present is our video camera.
It starts with the spelmanståg (players’ procession), this year with the two tunes Brännvinsmarschen and Harpar-Klas Gånglåt.
Once we reached the stage, the allspel was started by Peo Österholm on cowhorn – the “inblåsning”!
The allspel followed; here are a couple of tunes. An old favourite, Polska efter Båtsman Däck:
The allspel finished with an audience request – a tune not on the allspel list. It’s Eric Sahlström’s “Spelmansglädje” which is not (yet) in my repertoire so I chickened out:
It was great fun and I enjoyed it even more this year as I know the tunes better.
One object of the trip to Sweden was to pick up a new nyckelharpa bow from Erik Arro in Uppsala. I had tried a couple of his bows (owned by Vicki Swan and Pete Rigg) and really liked them. It’s a real improvement on the one I have been using. Here it is sitting on top of my lovely Olle Plahn nyckelharpa.
We visited Älvkarleby whilst in Sweden so that I could see the clock tower immortalised in two tunes which Byss-Calle wrote to win a bet. “Byggnan” is still on my to-learn list, but I played “Klockstapelvalsen”; here’s the video.
Byss-Calle is probably turning in his grave at the fluffed notes, but hey, when in Älvkarleby standing next to the Klockstapel you have to go for it.
We found a lovely stuga on the island of Väddö (connected to the mainland by three bridges!). Continue reading