Kristian P. Åsmundstad
Ka synge gamalt (singing the old way) (Ta:lik)
Recordings by the Norwegian folk-singing legend made in 1937,1954 and 1959 by NRK (Norwegian national radio). He was one of the most significant singers from Gudbrandsdalen, Norway and has had an impact a lot of contemporary young performers of the tradition.
Norwegian singer Camilla Granlien writes of the artist: "I started studying folkmusic in 1995 at Departement of folk music at the college in Rauland. My tutor, Sondre Bratland, introduced me to Per Åsmundstad in Ringebu, who was willing to pass on the songs of his father, Kristian P. Åsmundstad. During the winter 1995–96 I travelled to Ringebu to meet Per, learn songs and get various recordings with his father, and I was absolutely fascinated by what I heard.
"The recordings demonstrated a capable singer, truthful to his local vocal tradition, with a large repertory of religious tunes, medieval ballads, broadside ballads, lullabyes, shepherds’ worksongs, stev, slåttestev and lots of short tunes. All this material had been handed down in his family. I was fascinated by Kristian’s style of singing. He himself called it ‘singing the old way’. Kristian was aware of different singing traditions, and he adapted to different occasions. The songs on this album were culled from his 1937,1954 and 1959 NRK recordings. Kristian is one of the most significant singers from Gudbrandsdalen. His songs deserve public attention and being taken up and kept alive by people like you and me."
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