Anders Norudde

Himself

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To call Anders Norudde a multi-instrumentalist is hardly an exaggeration. By count there are at least eight different types of instruments on this album, with variations within each instrument. But on his first solo disc, the man from Hedningarna revels in playing traditional music, as well as his own versions of the older forms. Fiddle and various bagpipe styles dominate, but on tracks like "Lomjans" he also shows himself remarkably adept on the moraharpa, the ancestor of the keyed nyckelharpa. Working completely solo might have its limitations, but with overdubbing he can create some lovely interplay between instruments, as on the pipe and guitar duet "Svårlåten." By the nature of the tradition, many of the tunes are dance music, be it polska or halling, played with delicacy but also a raw verve. One of the most interesting is "Bredal," a sprightly polska where pipes and bouzouki combine. Throughout, there's no attempt to sweeten the sound -- this is very real folk music, played by someone who loves it but has no wish to consign it to a museum. And in doing it his way, he renews the tradition for another generation.

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