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Olav Moe
Hardingfele (Ta:lik, Norway)

Historic 1937 recordings by Norwegian hardangar fiddler Olav Moe (1872 - 1967).

Excellent historical and musicial notes in Norwegian and English

Listen:
Det sat ei kjæring i Bergsenda og mol snus, låttestev
Springar etter Jørn Hilme

See the full series of historic hardingfele recordings from Tal:ik Records, Norway

Tracks:
1 Det sat ei kjæring i Bergsenda og mol snus, låttestev. Bergsendin er ein husmannsplass under garden Hjelle i Aurdal.
2. Springar etter Jørn Hilme, (g.d.a.e) Låtten vert og kalla "Sørre Myrelåtten"
3. Halling etter Jørn Hilme, (g.d.a.e)
4. Vårflaumen, springar (g.d.a.e)
5. Tussebrureferde, Iydarlåt t (g.d.a.e) I Valdres har denne låtten gått under namnet "Røven" eller "Kjenne du røven lambetjuven". IVar Ringestad si form av låtten vert kalla "Søtebroke åt Nertrøsta".
6. Springar etter Jørn Hilme (a. d. a.e). Vert og kalla "Ein tå veksaro."
7. Springar etter Ulrik i Jensestogun (adae).
8. Springar etter Jørn Hilme (a.d.a.e) Mest kjent under namnet "Perigarden".
9. St. Thomasklukkelåtten, lydarlått (ad.fiss.e)
10. Sylkjegulen, springar (g.d.a.e). Olav Moe lærde låtten av Ulrik i Jensestogun. Ulrik hadde låtten frå Bendik Toreson Gausåk (Bendik i Nøen) (1827-1882) som skal ha laga slåtten.
11. Springar etter Jørn Hilme (g.d.a.e).
12. Huldrelått frå Vang, lyderlått (f.d.a.e). Lært av Ola Hamre. Låtten er meir kjent under namnet Grihamaren.
14. Anne Vik, springar (a.d.a.e).
15. Springar etter Ulrik i Jensestogun (g.d.a.e). Låtten vert og kalla "Vårduft". Olav Moe lærte låtten av Ulrik i Jensestogun. Ulrik hadde låtten frå Ellev Tollevsrud (1840 - 1896) i Sør-Aurdal.
16. Springar etter Jørn Hilme (g.d.a.e). Låtten vert og kalla "Purkekragin" og "Haldor Røynes minne" . Olav Moe lærde låtten av Ola Hamre.
17. Halling etter Jørn Hilme. (a.d.a.e.). Går under namnet "Sjugurd". Låtten har elt låttestev som lyder slik "Trøste o bære me før han Sjugurd, lite te bisk og slett Ingen dugurd" Olav Moe har lært låtten av Ola Hamre.
18. Springar (a.d.a.e) I Øystre Slidre har låtten namnet "Bustebakkin" etter spelemannen Torstein Sveinsson Hegge som seinare tok namnet Bustebakke.
19. Heksedansen, springar (a.d.a.e). Låtten har og vorte kalla "Eplesjularen" og "Kjeglesmeden". Det var denne låtten heksene dansa etter når dei hadde jønsokfest på Blokksberg. Olav Moe lærde låtten av Ola Haugset.

About the artist and recordings:

Olav Moe was born 1872, son of Mikjel Moe (1849-1934) and mother Marit Pedersdatter Neste (1850-1878) We do not know exactly when he took up fiddling, but by his own account he played for dancing in his early teens. His father being a fiddler, he probably learnt the first tunes at home. Olav Moe lost his mother at six, and grew up on the farm Øvre Neste in Vestre Slidre, with his dad and his mother's unmarried sister and brother.

Olav Moe played in the Jørn Hilme (1778-1854) tradition. Jørn Røn (1843-1911) was one of the wellknown fiddlers who taught him. He was son of Knut Ringestad (1815-1854), who had learnt from Jørn Hilme himself. Olav Moe heard Jørn Røn for the first time at a party held by a local society at Timan's in Skrøviken. The young boy was impressed by the fiddler.

"A straight and unusually handsome man with a good complexion and a smile on his face. I stood on the wall beside the window and looked inside between the tunes. He'd hung his red coat on a knob, and sat in his red sleeves. Sitting there playing, he appeared to me like a beautiful God. Tingling nice, it sounded to me it was sheer adventure".

Olav Moe learnt a lot, too, from Ola Hamre (1819-1896), also called Ola in Hamrisbrøta. Other fiddlers that deserve mention are Ivar Ringestad (1870-1953), Ulrik in Jensestogun (1850-1919) and Ola Haugset (1809-1891).

At an early stage, Olav Moe got in touch with fiddlers from other areas. In 1897, he played in the Vestmannalaget kappleik in Bergen. Later he participated in the same competition in 1900, 1902 and 1904. He met the fiddlers Torkjell Haugerud (1881-1954), Kjetil Flatin (1879-1960), Ola Mosafinn (1828-1912), Magnus Dagestad (1865-1957) and Sjur Helgeland (1858-1924) Olav Moe made good friends with Sjur Helgeland in particular, and when he married Christine Charlotte Lund (1878-1934) in Bergen in 1904, Sjur Helgeland played. During a Vestmannalaget kappleik,Olav Moe met Edvard Grieg. Grieg said to him: You must travel and learn the all different tunes possible, and keep them pure and real. These tunes will have to be the ground on which the future Norwegian music must be built ". To finance these travels, Edvard Grieg advised Olav Moe that he should tour and give concerts. This was the initiation of Olav Moe's many concert tours in and outside of Norway. In 1905 and 1906 he gave many concerts in the major towns of southern Norway. His program included famous pieces like St. Thomasklukkelåtten, Rotnheirns-Knut. Myllargutens rneisterstykkje, Kivlemøyane, Fanitullen, Huldrejentenes lokketonar og Gjenta ved vogga. In September 1906 Olav Moe and his wife took off to the United States on a concert tour. Here, Olav Moe met the fiddlers Hans Fykerud (1862-1942), Gunnleik Smedal (1878-1948), Halvor J. Lid (1858-1907), Olav Napper (1833-1922), also called Traskjen, and Eivind Aakhus (1854-1937). Olav Moe gave many concerts on the East Coast and in the Midwest and did not retum to Norway until fall 1907. Other tours abroad that deserve mention are the ones to Denmark in 1911 and the winter of 1914-15.

In ApriI1908, Olav Moe and Charlotte Lund moved to the farm Hogner in Aurdal, this time for the rest of their lives. They had two sons. Magne Hermand (1908-1933) and Frode Gudvin (1912-1985)

Olav Moe had several fiddles, but preferred one in particular. This was the fiddle made by woodcarver Ole A Granheim in Ulnes, in 1891. Olav Moe built his own fiddle in 1891.

Olav Moe had a geat concern for community matters. He participated in establishing the local paper Valdres in 1903, and had the editor's responsibility until 1905. Likewise, he was the initiator of an institution of agricultural sciences, established on the farm Løken in Øystre Slidre. For several years he headed the Agricultural Society of 0ppland, and he worked towards establishing the Valdres Agricultural College in Leira, Nord-Aurdal. Olav Moe went into national politics as well. At first he supported Det radikale folkepartiet, and for a period of time met as a vice-member of parliament. Later he joined Fedrelandslaget. He was a gifted speaker, and is remembered for his strong debates and clever comments. Olav Moe died an old man at 95. His mind never faded. Near the end of his life, he had to go through seven surgeries. On one occasion, the doctor was in doubt about the use of a surgery. Olav Moe said: Cut it out, and throw it away. Olav Moe was given several titles of honour, the highest being His Majesty King Haakon VII's gold medal. 0lav Moe passed away 11. August 1967.

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