Evald Thomsen

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With his expressive fiddling and encyclopedic knowledge of traditional Danish folk music, Evald Thomsen served as a bridge between the old masters and the revivalists. A dairyman and boilerman by trade,…
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With his expressive fiddling and encyclopedic knowledge of traditional Danish folk music, Evald Thomsen served as a bridge between the old masters and the revivalists. A dairyman and boilerman by trade, Thomsen radiated true joy with his fiddling. According to dobro and fiddle player Stacy Phillips, Thomsen's "playing is more driving than any Scandinavian fiddlers I have ever heard. The bowing fairly explodes on many cuts. Even the waltzes are amazingly energetic." Thomsen was known for his large repertoire of traditional Danish fiddle tunes. In addition to studying with the master fiddlers in Himmerland and Vendsyssel, he amassed a large collection of old music books. An informer to the Danish Folklore Archives during the 1960s, Thomsen became adviser to the Folk Music House, in Hogager, in 1971. In this capacity, he helped to encourage and influence many young fiddlers.