Henning Andersen with Marit Mattisgard
Underlege makter (The Bells Ring) (Ta:lik)
The songs of the church bells of Valdres, Norway, performed by the duo of Henning Andersen and on voices, fiddles, jews harp, folk flutes, zithers and of course, the bells of Valdres themselves. Henning Andersen writes in his notes: "From time immemorial the church bells have rung in to festival and feat, to sorrow and joy. For people here in Norway the church bells have been a sound and safe landmark for over a thousand years. Over the years they have served various purposes but primarily have been God’s voice here on earth. They have summoned the congregation to church service, baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals. Gradually they gained other duties than the sacral as they were used to warn of war and mobilisation, accidents and catastrophes. The bells marked the passing hours, the start and end of the working day and the commencement of church holidays when tired bodies could rest..."