The nice room at the back of Prelaten Kro og Scene, decorated fondly with candlelight, was the fitting setting for the intimate concert on wednesday, the 7th of september. Shortly after eight o’clock, the three artists forming the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc entered the stage, where their six magnificent instruments were already displayed. The fiddle trio consists of Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), and combines charm and humour alongside a tremendous musicianship.
Author: Cora Lisbeth Dieterich
After a funny and entertaining greeting, the audience was instantly carried away by their traditional, folky, yet unique tunes. It was impossible to keep still, and soon everybody was cheerfully moving. The three fiddles were played in perfect harmony, whilst keeping the teasingly character of each. As the different voices overlapped, an incredible sound was created, sending wonderful tingles and shivers down my spine! Due to the varying origin of the musicians, all the wonderful facets of northern culture were mingled, while accentuating the uniqueness of each.
Especially the Hardanger fiddle, or hardingfele in Norwegian, a traditional violin like instrument from western and south-central Norway, captivated with it’s particular sound and appearance. This is caused by the usual four playing strings, to which four or five «understrings» are added.
Each song was introduced by one of them, mentioning the region and story behind it. That way, the listener was able to build up a deeper relationship to the motives of the song, and a broader understanding for the cultural background was possible.
The first hour of their concert flew by, as time seemed to stand still when the rhythmic and melodic music filled the room. After a small break, and the chance to chat with the artists, they delighted the audience with another hour of unforgettable music, even adding three songs after the loud shouts of encore.
Experiencing this wonderful concert, I can strongly recommend to keep your eyes open for further visits of this trio in Tromsø! If you are into cheerful, soulful and folky music and get the chance to see them live somewhere, take it!