Tunes from Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede
Sunday, Sept. 29, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

$15 at the door for a concert, followed by a session of tunes

Vidar Skrede
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Vidar Skrede
Vidar Skrede

I know this one will be great. I met Vidar Skrede during my visit to Helsinki last fall. He’s a powerhouse of a musician from Haugesand, Norway, now living in Finland. His background is the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), but he also has a masters degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He is best known from his work with such bands as the Dynamo Band, Geitungen and The Secret Carpet Club. This summer he has toured the Midwest in The Blue and the Blonde, a duo with Jutta Rahmel (from Kardemimmit, a quartet featured at the Chicago World Music Fest).

Vidar is a master of both the hardingfele and the flatfele. The first is the eight-string hardanger fiddle that features four (sometimes five) sympathetic that run under the fingerboard. The second is the flat or regular fiddle. His mastery extends to the guitar and mandolin.

But let the tunes speak for themselves. (More can be found on Vidar’s MySpace.)


Halling frå Lysekil

Reinlender (on guitar; see below for a live version in another key)

Here are a couple of tunes from an incredible session at the Musta Kissa (Black Cat) bar in Helsinki last October. The session was organized by accordionist Tejia Niku, who was a Fiddle Club guest in 2010 with the Polka Chicks. Antti Järvelä (Arto’s cousin) was there with a mandolin. (Antti, any time you want to visit Fiddle Club, just let me know.) Gail Tyler played some banjo uke. I was doing my best to keep up on fiddle as Vidar led the way on guitar.

Johan på Loftet aka John in the Hayloft

Griffenfeld (perhaps named after Peder Griffenfeld)

Reinlender (guitar; in A dorian, aka 1 sharp)

For more great tunes from Vidar, click here!

Music notation for most of the tunes is here.
ABC notation is here.
(Click your pick.)

Fiddlers, guitarists, folk music lovers &c. Don’t miss this one.

Paul Tyler -convener
Fiddle Club of the World, Chicago Chapter

Some Tunes from Bjärv

Swedish tunes with Bjärv
Monday, June 24, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

Here are a couple of tunes to give you an idea of the fine music to come on Monday evening.

Olof Göthlin here plays a duet with an unidentified clarinetist. The title translates as ‘Calle’s final composition.’ The Calle in question may be Calle Lindström, an early Swedish comic singer who is perhaps best remembered for his 1908 recording of Chikago. Yes, it is a song about our fair city, and the adventures of Lasse, an immigrant from Ossebo, Sweden. (Calle Lindström, by the way, never set foot in Chicago, or even the USA.)

Calles sista komposition

Olof Göthlin
Olof Göthlin
Calle Lindström
Calle Lindström
(Learn about Chikago, the song )

And here’s a piece from the band. The song is a fun one taught at the Old Town School by Mary Allsopp a couple of years ago at a World Music Wednesday workshop. Mary is the leader of the Chicago Spelmanslag, a group of Swedish players. Another tune or two are woven into the setting.

Vi Ska Ut Och Ga (Up and Out We Go)

Bjärv will give us a bit of a concert and teach us a tune or two.
$15 donation, payable at the door – goes to the musicians

Fiddle Club meetings at Seman Violins are BYOB. Munchies will be provided.

Tunes from Sule Greg Wilson

Concert & Jam Session
(click above for more info about our featured guest)
Sunday, May 29, 6:30p
Atlantic Bar & Grill (5062 Lincoln)

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Sankofa Strings CD



For your listening pleasure, here are a couple of tunes from Sule Greg Wilson from the Sankofa Strings (aka Carolina Chocolate Drops) CD, Colored Aristocracy


Johnny Too Bad


The tunes below are for the jam session that will follow Sule’s concert.

Colored Aristocracy
(work on this one for the session)

Old Joe Clark from a Carolina Chocolate Drops performance in Arizona

Woyaya, an African song