MCM-4001 - Ditte Andersson CD
A nyckelharpa (literally "key harp", plural nyckelharpor) is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. It is a string instrument or chordophone. Its keys are attached to tangents which, when a key is depressed, serve as frets to change the pitch of the string. (from Wikipedia)
FROM THE LINER NOTES "My name is Ditte Andersson, and I live in the city called Uppsala in the province of Uppland in Sweden. I was born in 1954, just outside the city. While I was little, I heard my father playing the trumpet and records of Dizzy Gillespie, my mother singing with guitar accompaniment, and my grandmother playing Beethoven on the piano. I had folk music further back in my family, but I didn't know that then. I started to play the piano with my grandmother at the age of five, and the guitar with my father a little later. I didn't begin playing the nyckelharpa until I was 19. In Uppland, my part of the country, and where the nyckelharpa has its home, we are very fortunate in the wealth of folk music. There has always been a strong and living tradition. I landed right in the middle of it, with people my own age who played and with many surviving older musicians. Now, many years later, I've devoted myself entirely to music. It has given me both fellowship and work. I work full time as a musician, with folk music as the main feature. For a solo recording like this one, the music is very suitable: Swedish folk music is, by tradition, a solo genre. Any accompaniment needed is built into the tunes through rhythm. The musician - the spelman - brings all the 'swing' that is needed. Listen and 'swing' along!"
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