October 11th, 2010
Here’s another recording from this year’s National Folk Festival. However, this is some Norsk musikk.
Benedicte Maurseth is a young Norwegian woman who plays the Hardanger fiddle. A Hardanger fiddle is a fiddle that has 8 or 9 strings. Four of those are actually played while the remaining, which are known as sympathetic strings, resonate and give an echo or drone which plays underneath the melody. Maurseth explains them briefly after the first or second song.
For a bit more info, check out my post about Hardanger fiddle master Hauk Buen’s stop here in Madison a few years ago.
As with the last show, this was recorded in Butte, MT at this year’s National Folk Festival and it took place on 10 July.
Here’s a brief clip of Maurseth playing. There’s more of her up at YouTube but the good clips cannot be embedded.