The traditional fiddle tunes of Norway have been preserved through the virtuosic playing of Mari Eggen and her fiddle duo collaborator Helene Hoye. Their debut album, Sprell Levande, which included the Norwegian hit, "Lauvdansen" was called "a brilliant album of fiddle duos played with real spirit and depth." The daughter of a fiddler, Eggen began playing at the age of ten. After learning as much as she could from the older fiddlers in her hometown of Gudbrandsdalen, she attended the school of Folk Music Studies in Rauland for two years. In 1991, Eggan won a folk music quiz on Norway's national radio station, NRK. The Following year, she became the first woman to win the National Folk Music Competition in Landskappleiken.
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