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Kalejdoskop ()

The fiddler Gunner Friis is considered a pearl among pearls of Danish folk musicians, a fiddler who still regularly plays traditional music for dances around the country. Kaleidoscope presents a series of recordings, some solo, most with some of the musicians who hold him in high esteem. The CD was created as a gift to Gunner Friis on his 60th birthday in 2005.

Sheet music is available for all tracks as a PDF file on the CD
Full track notes and a list of musicians are below.

Listen:
Fanden er løs i Vildmosen
Den gamle rheinlænder
Forårsscottish

Gunner Friis says:
The people on this CD are a part of the everyday reality that surrounds and captivates me. My self-respect is founded on people's response to the traditional music I play. I will happily play with young or old, able or beginner - as long as they mean it.
As a green folk musician, I often left home with my fiddle on my back and a bad conscience in my pocket. At that time I did not realize how important my playing was to me. Now I just say,"I am married to my fiddle".

Biography.
My violin and I started as companions when, eight years old, I inherited such an instrument from my uncle on my mother's side. My father was a teacher and organist. We heard classical music at home. My brother played the flute. We often played together. I couldn't always read the notes, but hung on. In this way I learned to play what I thought sounded right.

In 1968 I started work as a conservator at the University of Aarhus, and music took a back seat for four years. Then "The Black Velvet Band" needed a fiddler. With music copied from the Dubliners, I made my stage entrance. After a few years the band changed name to "Gale Force Wind" and played Danish fiddle tunes, electrified and at break neck speed, inspired by contemporary Danish bands.

- That was my first encounter with Danish folk-music.

The Rebild Musicians came to play in Aarhus. Their musical edge hit my rhythmic sense. They played Danish as it had been played for generations. It touched me way down deep. I wanted to play like that.

- I was badly bitten.

Now we are around 1977. In evening class I learned tunes from the standard repertoire. During this period many sought instruction in folk-music, so after a few years I was teaching both evening classes and at the annual gathering in Rebild. Here I met the "old boys" including Boerge Hyldgaard and Otto Trads. I was a sort of apprentice. Several years later I was headhunted to Group 1, part of the Rebild Association. I now have 18 years of routine, playing to dance there. Now it's in my blood.

- Suddenly I am one of "the old boys".

At the same time I started playing in Aarhus Folkmusic House, where I am still active. We organized courses and events to which the tradition bearers were invited. One of them was Thomas Thomsen. I learned loads from him, and we became close friends. At that time many sought tradition, and wanted to learn from the real McCoy. Pictures from this era show the backs of musicians dressed in waistcoats, crowded around … well, you can't see … and village halls filled with steaming dancers. It is only after many years in the outer circle that I understood the meaning of bearing tradition.

- I am still learning, and always will be.

The people on this CD are a part of the everyday reality that surrounds and captivates me. My self-respect is founded on people's response to my folk-music. I will happily play with young or old, able or beginner - as long as they mean it.

As a green folk musician, I often left home with my fiddle on my back and a bad conscience in my pocket. At that time I did not realize how important my playing was to me. Now I just say, "I am married to my fiddle".

- I work for a living. Men I play to live.

1 Fanden er løs i Vildmosen (Nils Andersson) Arr.: Gunner Friis og Ove Andersen
2 Forårsscottish (Gunner Friis) Arr.: Gunner Friis og Ove Andersen
3 Pastor Kaj (trad. efter Thomas Langsigs nodebog) Arr.: Ove Andersen
4 Den gamle rheinlænder (trad. efter Hans Nielsen) Arr.: Oksbølgruppen
5 Pe Broens rheinlænder (trad. efter Hans Nielsen) Arr.: Oksbølgruppen
6 Trads Mazurka (trad. efter Otto Trads) Arr.: Gunner Friis
7 Kirstens scottish (Thomas Thomsen) Arr.: Jysk Danseorkester
8 Taterhopsa (Thomas Thomsen) Arr.: Jysk Danseorkester
9 Brudemarch 1 og 2 (trad. efter Jens Frederiksen) Arr.: Ivan Damgaard
10 Tre hamborgere (trad. efter Peter Pedersen) Arr.: Gruppe 1, Rebild
11 Borup Jens` valse (trad. efter Peter Pedersen) Arr.: Gruppe 1, Rebild
12 Ottemandsdans (trad. efter Jens Frederiksen) Arr.: Gruppe 1, Rebild
13 Kræn Byrsteds rheinlænder (trad. efter Tradserne) Arr.: Gunner Friis
14 Jakobsens rheinlænder Nr. 1 (trad. efter Johannes Jakobsen) Arr.: Jydsk Total Violin
15 Jakobsens rheinlænder Nr. 2 (trad. efter Johannes Jakobsen) Arr.: Jydsk Total Violin
16 Kræn Tong (trad. efter Hans Nielsen) Arr.: Jydsk Total Violin
17 Sagte vals (trad. efter Otto Trads) Arr.: Gunner Friis
18 Scottish i Tyrolen (Benny Andersson) Arr.: Bøg
19 Estisk vals/Kalkmandens vals/Den skønne vals/La Bri. (trad.) Arr.: Bøg

Ove Andersen & Gunner Friis
Fanden er løs i Vildmosen (arr.: Gunner Friis and Ove Andersen)
By Svedish Nils. Part of the repertoire of Rebild Traditional Music Society.
This version is a product of my work with Ove Andersen - probably the first tune we played together. The second the bows
touched the strings, there was magic in the air.
Gunner Friis - violin
Ove Andersen - violin

Forårsscottish (arr.: Gunner Friis and Ove Andersen)
A tune that sprang to life in my head a Spring day in 1994, during a walk in the park by Marselisborg.
Gunner Friis - violin
Ove Andersen - violin

Pastor Kaj (arr.: Ove Andersen)
In Thomas Langsig's melody book it is noted as Hamburger nr. 451.
Gunner Friis - violin
Ove Andersen - violin

Oksbøl gruppen
Den Gamle Rheinlænder / Pe' Broens Rheinlænder (arr.: Oksbøl Grupppen)
Two of the best known of the the Tinus brothers' tunes. These polkas are simple, easy to play, work straight off, and yet
they have character. The order can be discussed, but if played to dance, the one must follow the other.
Gunner Friis - violin
Susanne Flohr Knudsen - piano
Inge Østerby - trombone

Gunner Friis - Solo
Trads Mazurka (arr.: Gunner Friis)
A tune learned from Otto Trads. This is my interpretation.
Gunner Friis - violin

Jysk DanseOrkester
Kirstens Scottish (arr.: Jysk Dance-orchestra)
Thomas Thomsen was inspired by nature and by children. This tune is for his granddaughter.
At the end of the third reprise,a ball falls to the ground from the little girl's hands.

Taterhopsa (arr.: Jysk Dance-orchestra)
Thomas Thomsen from Holstebro created this tune from the story of the gipsy, who fled with the Laird's daughter the
night she was forced to marry a better suitor. The gipsy knew the countryside, and could jump from tuft to tuft in the
bog. Their pursuers fell in!
Gunner Friis - violin
Stefan Groot - accordion
Ole Spillemand Jensen - violin
Arne Ryge Petersen - clarinet
Henrik Bredholt - tuba
Bente Pindstrup - cornet

Bent Melvej Nielsen & Gunner Friis
Wedding March 1 & 2 (arr.: Ivan Damgaard)
From Jens Frederiksen, Als, Himmerland.
Gunner Friis - violin
Bent Melvej Nielsen - accordion

Group 1, Rebild
Three Hamburgs (arr.: Group 1, Rebild)
From Peter Pedersen (Jute Peter, 1856 - 1937), Himmerland. Jute Peter learned these tunes from Graarup Per Kristian,
Jens Vestergaard, Torsted ca. 1866 og Kristian Mikkelsen, Torsted ca. 1867.
Jens Peter Hansen - flute
Gunner Friis - violin
Arne Skou - violin
Else Schmidt - piano
Niels Joern Oestergaard - accordion

Two Waltzes of Borup Jens (arr.: Group 1, Rebild)
Version from Peter Pedersen (Jute Peter, 1856 - 1937), Himmerland.
Jute Peter learned the waltzes from "Borup Jens", Mastrup ca. 1860.
Gunner Friis - violin
Niels Joern Oestergaard - accordion

Ottemandsdans (arr.: Group 1, Rebild)
From Jens Frederiksen, Als, East Himmerland (1854 - 1943).
Gunner Friis - violin
Arne Skou - violin
Jens Peter Hansen - flute
Else Schmidt - piano

 


Gunner Friis - Solo
Kræn Byrsted's Rheinlænder (arr.: Gunner Friis)
In the original tune, known as Norwegian Rhinelander, there are two reprises. Trads has added two of his own, as do others.
This version was originally intended as a second voice. Instead, it has developed into my way of playing.
Gunner Friis - violin

Jydsk Total Violin
Jakobsens Rheinlænder 1 & 2 (arr.: Jydsk Total Violin)
The title of these polkas is from the melody book of John Jakobsen from Ringgive.

Kræn Tong (arr.: Jydsk Total Violin)
A wee polka from The Tinus Brothers of Oksbøl.
Gunner Friis - violin
Jens Drewsen - violin
Torben Jørgensen - violin
Ove Andersen - violin

Gunner Friis - Solo
Sagte Vals (arr.: Gunner Friis)
A tune learned in Rebild in the tradition of Otto Trads.This is entirely my own version.
Gunner Friis - violin

Bøg
Bøg play here a scottish written by Benny Andersen of ABBA. Over and above being a sovereign pop musician, he composes
and plays folk music.

Scottish i Tyrolen (arr.: Bøg)
Is an irregular tune, demanding for dancers.

Medley (arr.: Bøg)
Waltzes followed by a fast polka.
"Vals fra Estland" after Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham from Shetland/Skotland,
"Kalkmandens Vals" after Evald Thomsen from Vester Åby, "Den skønne Vals" after blacksmith Børge Christensen in Hogager
- ending in the polka La Bri, from the Tinus Brothers in Oksbøl.
Gunner Friis - violin
Vagn Dahl Hansen - klaver
Ove Andersen - violin
Jens Drewsen - violin
Torben Jørgensen - violin
Katrine Harboe Jensen - violin

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