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Haldor Røyne
Hardingfele (Ta:lik, Norway)

Historic recordings by Norwegian hardangar fiddler Haldor Røyne (1908-1979). The recordings used for this CD were made between 1967 and 1974. In most instances it is Haldor Røyne himself who did the actual recording--in his kitchen back home on Ekornveien in Ås near Oslo.

Excellent historical and musicial notes in Norwegian and English

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Haldor Røyne was not only a superb fiddler, he was also an exceptional wealth of knowledge about fiddlers and playing traditions in the Valdres region. Haldor was born September 10, 1908 up on the Røyne farm in Øystre Slidre, the youngest of five siblings. His father and mother were Torstein Torsteinson Røyne (b. March 26, 1871) and Rangdi Haldorsdotter Rudi (b.June 6, 1878). Haldor began playing at age 10 on a fiddle made by his father in his youth. When Haldor was a teenager, the master fiddler Ola G. Okshovd (1872-1960) often worked on the Røyne farm and came to be Haldor's most important fiddle teacher. He learned not only how to play, but the history behind the fiddlers and tunes as well. Other fiddlers whom Haldor got together with during that period were relatives in Røe--his mother's brother, father's sister and cousins--all of whom played the fiddle.

As an adult Haldor decided to pursue a career in agriculture. He attended the Storhove Agricultural School (1930-32) and graduated with high honors. In 1938, he then took certification exams at the Norwegian Agricultural College in Ås near Oslo. Haldor married Ingrid Julie Enger from Redalen (b.August 28, 1917) with whom he had five children: Torsten, Liv-Randi, Helge, Astrid, and Håvard.

Haldor worked for a number of years at the Valdres Agricultural School in Leira. It was during this period that he played together with his peer and fellow fiddler Olav O. Hegge (1910-1974). They both focused on Ola G. Okshovd's fiddle tradition, but developed their own individual playing styles for which they became known. Haldor later moved on to another agricultural school in Asker. He ended is professional career as a professor of farm management and agricultural economics at the Norwegian Agricultural College in Ås.

Haldor was a prolific writer. In addition to scholarly work in agriculture, he wrote an untold number of articles about fiddlers, tunes, and cultural-political issues within folk music. He was actively involved in the creation of a folk music teacher position in Valdres, the first position of its kind in Norway. Haldor also produced many folk music programs for radio. He was a terrific radio host: his programs were jam-packed with information, but nevertheless were peppered with a touch of humor.

Everything he did was characterized by thoroughness and accuracy and he always verified his sources. Haldor was a participant in folk music competitions both as a competitor and a judge. He was a quiet, unassuming man, but was not afraid to speak his mind when called for. He was always quick to respond when someone spoke out incorrectly about fiddling or fiddlers.

He was also interested in building Harding fiddles and langeleiks (dulcimers) and made his very first fiddle as a teenager. Countless langeleiks were made in his workshop on Ekornveien in Ås. He had a number of other projects he had planned to pursue after retirement, but fate intervened. Haldor died in 1979.

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