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Rough and Shiny / Grovt och grant

by Björnsdotter · Reid

Traditional and original twin-fiddling from Sweden and the British Isles.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Himmelfärdspolskan
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2. Så de’ så
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3. Gammal rådasin • Polska efter Johan Erik Taklax
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4. Gumas polska • Söderstens minne • Polska efter Anders Södersten
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5. Vals efter Salomon W. Zeidlitz • Ville de Quebec
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6. Trollpolskan • Hedningpolskan
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7. Polska efter Jan-Olof Olsson • Grötschottis
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8. Lådiksvalsen
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9. Polska till Wik
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10. Vendelpolskan
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11. Skänklåt efter Pekkos Per
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12. Polska efter Erland Hansson
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13. Road to Poynton • Paul and Jenny’s Wedding
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14. Auld Swaara
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15. Bark Larsas polska
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16. Polkett efter Karl Hejsman
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17. Längs gamla stigar och färdevägar
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Björnsdotter • Reid - Rough and Shiny' is the much anticipated album by innovative young fiddlers Alicia Björnsdotter and Emma Reid. Their debut album presents traditional and contemporary fiddle music from Sweden and the British Isles. When Emma and Alicia take on a tune, they launch into a playful chase. The two fiddles bend and tease, take a turn, and then one follows smoothly the other. Elegant polskas are flavoured with blue notes and raw counter-melodies, and the arrangements for two fiddles give a Swedish touch to compositions by Chris Wood and Robert Harbron.

Alicia Björnsdotter and Emma Reid are part of the emerging generation of new fiddlers in Sweden. While being deeply versed in traditional Swedish dance music, they skillfully merge other styles and techniques into a personal sound. Emma and Alicia both have a performance degree in traditional Swedish music from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Emma has also completed a Master in Music at Newcastle University. Alongside Swedish music, the vibrant fiddle tradition of the Shetland Isles and the traditional music of Emma’s native England have a special place in their duo repertoire.


Said about 'Rough and Shiny':

'On this record they focus on tight duo-playing. The swedish tradition of playing “Grovt och grant” is something I cherish and it requires that the players really know how to play together. Björnsdotter and Reid does. […] Really nice selection of songs on this record. Excellent opening with a Kalle Almlöf-tune. Nice to hear young fiddlers trying to do something funny with the tunes from west dalecarlia. Kalle Almlöf’s playing is so supreme which makes playing his tunes intimidating. But this duo makes it sound traditional and new at the same time. My sponaneous reaction to this record is that it is very good. Buy it.'
- Erik Svansbo, Okt 2006


Said about Björnsdotter • Reid:

'No shortage of great fiddlers in Sweden, but these two seem to be rising young talents'
- fRoots Magazine, April 2007

'The music produced by these two artists leaves absolutely nothing to be desired of an evening's entertainment. The spirit of their performance is captivating and uplifting. One can not accurately appraise their work without risk of being accused of exaggerating.'
- Peg Eves, October 2004, Director, West Street Arts VT

'It's beautiful the way you guys play together - like one instrument.'
- Rob Weisberg, Radio Broadcaster WFMU, October 2004

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FiddleOn Magazine, Spring/Summer 2007, Tom Bell-Richards

If you only ever buy one CD of Swedish fiddle music - this is it!
It’s full of contrasts, yet this is a disc of wholly gimmick-free music for two fiddles in the Swedish tradition. Rough and Shiny traditionally describes fiddles playing an octave apart. Emma Reid and Alicia Björnsdotter Abrams like to think it also refers to the contrast between the strongly accented rhythm notes of traditional dance music and the sparkling decorative notes added by the fiddler. It might also refer to a solidly grounded traditional music being played with immense artistry by these two young traditional music graduates. The CD is all “in the Swedish tradition,” but brings in lovely tunes by Chris Wood, Rob Harbron, and a Shetland lament for fishermen lost at sea. There’s a fascinating contrast at tracks 7, 8 and 9 where two polskas sandwich a tune in waltz time. They may all be “in three” and the speeds are fairly similar, but the difference in feel is dramatic. Whilst wholly true to the music’s roots, these well-planned contrasts also make for a CD that’s more listenable as a whole for non-specialists in this style. If you only ever buy one CD of Swedish two-fiddle music, I think this would be a good choice.
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Leslie Spitz-Edson

This recording is a joy and a treasure.
I've only once been fortunate enough to hear these two young women perform, and ever since I've been keen to get a recording of them. I must say, it's been worth the wait. I listened to it, candles burning, while I did all my Christmas baking, and I am still enjoying it in January.

This recording is a joy and a treasure. Most of these tunes are from masters of the Swedish fiddle, tradition-bearers who lived late and long enough to be recorded or even to participate in the folk revival of the 1970s. As in other such cases, it is remarkable good fortune to have these gems performed with such love and respect by younger players.

Most of this recording is devoted to the peculiarly Swedish polska, and features beautiful and intricate examples of stämma, the second-fiddle countermelody. This music is extremely evocative of landscape and of the feelings of being immersed in nature; it takes us, unequivocally, to Sweden. (for more details visit www.spindlewhorl.net)
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