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Spælimenninir
Rekavidur / Hinumegin (1984 and 1986) (Tutl Records)
$16.99

Spælimenninir is a lively group which plays traditional and contemporary music from Scandinavia and the British Isles on a wide range on instruments, including fiddle, hardanger fiddle, recorder, keyboards, accordion, mandolin, guitar, acoustic bass and vocals. This reocrding is 2 classic LPs reissued together on one CD

Jan Danielsson (vocals, banjo), Erling Olsen (vocals), Ivar Bærentsen (mand, guitar, vocals), Sharon Weiss (rec, accordion, spoons), Kristian Blak (piano,harmonium, vocals), Charlie Pilzer (bass)

"A highlight of the past season of Garrison Keilor's "Prairie Home Companion" was Spælimenninir, a group of four Scandinavians and two Americans which is familiar to New England folk and dance enthusiasts. There are many different shades on this, their sixth and best album. For unadulterated good feeling, it would be hard to beat the traditional Norwegian waltz, or mandolin player Bærentsen's plkas, with Sharon Weiss on spoons and recorder. For blue mystery, there's fiddler Jan Danielsson's "Polska", or the ballad "Dronning Dagmars Dod" in Danish. And for pure beauty, an instrumental medley of ancient hymns from the Faroe Islands featuring outstanding piano from Kristian Blak." - Andy Nagy, Boston Globe

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