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Lena Jonsson & Brittany Haas

by Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson

Two of the best and most exciting young fiddlers from America and Sweden team up to create a dynamic blend of traditions that both honors the past and charges forward into acoustic music's future. Great grooves, winding harmonies and beautiful melodies.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Devil in the Strawstack / Flinken
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
4:24 album only
2. Keeping the Cats Happy
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
3:08 album only
3. Saltoluokta
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
3:22 album only
4. Girl Down the Road
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
2:53 album only
5. Schottische 26 / Kilkenny
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
5:04 album only
6. Breakneck Hill
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
2:33 album only
7. Brännvinspolskan
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
5:46 album only
8. Forskarlen / Duck Dance
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
4:14 album only
9. Novembervals
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
5:35 album only
10. Erlandson / Fort Smith
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
3:50 album only
11. Lapp Nils Polska
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
4:15 album only
12. Polska Efter Christoffer Tholsson
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
3:24 album only
13. Sandy River Belle
Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson
3:46 album only
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Album Notes
"Over that ever-closer horizon, two goddesses stride toward us. One holds a burning spear, one a flaming sword. The weapons are made out of love, and we mortals perceive them as violins.
They begin: a Great Transcend-Dance occurs. Appalachian granite, California's rocky coast, and thirty Swedish meadows are whirled up and out, hurled to the sun and set aflame, burning with the sweet sounds of concord and discord, locked in a phantasmal avalanche of rhythm. Earth and Sky have never danced like this. Work the Great Wonder, you Fiddlers! Fiddle loud and long!" -Darol Anger

1. Devil in the Strawstack/Flinken (trad. from Tommy Jarrell/trad. efter Flinka-Johan)

These were the first tunes we played together in Nashville when we decided to form our duo. They have a similar energy and wanted to be friends.

De här var de första två låtarna vi spelade ihop när vi var i Nashville och bestämde oss för att starta en duo. Låtarna har samma energi så vi tyckte att de skulle bli vänner.

2. Keeping the Cats Happy (Mark Simos, Devachan Music, BMI)

Mark is a great tunesmith and teacher who lives in Boston. We went to his house one day to see if he had some fun tunes he thought we would like that weren’t recorded yet. He did!

Mark är en fantastisk låtskrivare och lärare som bor i Boston. Vi gick till hans hus en dag för att se om han hade några bra låtar på lut som han trodde vi skulle gilla. Det hade han!

3. Saltoluokta (Lena Jonsson, NCB)

There is a festival in the beautiful Saltoluokta in northern Sweden in June; the sun is up all the time and it ́s surrounded by high mountains. After spending a few days there this polska came to Lena and attacked her fiddle.

I Saltoluokta i norra Sverige finns en fantastisk festival i juni, solen är alltid uppe och man är omgiven av fjäll. Efter att Lena varit där några dagar kom den här låten och attackerade hennes fiol.

4. Girl Down the Road (trad. from Eck Robertson)

About 15 years ago, Lena and her brother Staffan found this tune in a book of American fiddle tunes. They played through the whole book and wrote whether each tune was good or bad next to it. This one was marked good obviously. Many years later, she heard Bruce play it at Berklee, having totally forgotten she knew it!

Ungefär för femton år sedan satt Lena och hennes bror Staffan och plöjde ett nothäfte med amerikanska fiollåtar. Efter varje låt skrev de om låten var bra eller dålig bredvid noten. Den här fick såklart ”bra”. Sedan hörde Lena den spelas av Bruce på Berklee, och den då bortglömda låten fick komma tillbaka till repertoaren.

5. Schottische 26/Kilkenny (Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson, Yellow Baboon Music, ASCAP & NCB/Dielectric Music, ASCAP)

We wrote this tune together in Nashville after a four hour bike ride. We thought it would be only two hours... We put it in a medley with a tune by one of our favorite fiddlers, Bruce Molsky.

Schottisen skrev vi i Nashville efter en fyra timmar lång cykelutflykt. Vi trodde dock att den bara skulle vara två timmar... Vi har satt ihop den med med en låt av en av våra favoritspelmän, Bruce Molsky.

6. Breakneck Hill (Haas & Jonsson, Yellow Baboon Music, ASCAP & NCB)

We went camping with our friends Jody March, Aurora Bowers and Sarah Jarosz and accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up driving for two hours in the dark on a four wheel trail scattered with small boulders. The trail was called Breakneck Hill. This tune is like that trail.

När vi åkte på campingtur med våra kompisar Jody March, Aurora Bowers och Sarah Jarosz råkade vi svänga fel. Det resulterade i två timmars körning i mörker på en galen väg för fyrhjulingar som hette Breakneck hill. Den här låten är som den vägen.

7. Brännvinspolskan (Efter Hultkläppen)

Brännvinspolskan is a big hit in Sweden. If Hultkläppen would have travelled to the USmaybe the tune would have sounded slightly different?

Brännvinspolskan är en stor hit i Sverige. Om Hultkläppen hade rest till USA kanske polskan hade låtit lite annorlunda?

8. Forskarlen/Duck Dance (Jonas Olsson/trad.)

Duck Dance comes from the Métis tradition and Brittany learned it from Bruce Molsky. Forskarlsen, more know as ”Näcken”, is a tune from a theatre play about a fiddler called From-Olle from Järvsö. Näcken is a naked man in a river who plays the fiddle so well that he tricks the women and men into the river to drown.

Duck Dance kommer från Métis-traditionen och Brittany lärde sig den av Bruce Molsky. Forskarlen, alltså Näcken, är en låt som skrevs till teater-föreställningen Ingen som jag, som handlade om spelmannen From-Olle från Järvsö.

9. Novembervals (Haas & Jonsson, Yellow Baboon Music, ASCAp & NCB)

In November 2014 we were on tour in Sweden with the duo Rydvall/Mjelva and during the two weeks we spent there we got exactly two minutes of sunshine. It was the greyest November in Swedish history since they started measuring. This waltz was inspired by that.

Tillsammans med duon Rydvall/Mjelva var vi på en två veckor lång turne i Sverige i November 2014. Under den tiden fick vi se solen i totalt två minuter. Det var den gråaste november sedan man började mäta. Den här valsen är inspirerad av det.

10. Erlandson/Fort Smith (trad. efter H.C Erlandson)

We learned the first tune on the porch of the legendary Brighton House in Boston, and the second at Berklee in a jam with Bruce and Darol Anger.

Polskan lärde vi oss på verandan till det legendariska The Brighton House i Boston och den andra låten på ett jam med Bruce och Darol på Berklee.

11. Lapp Nils Polska (trad. efter Ante-Falk)

Lena learned this polska from her dad. It ́s one of her favorites of his repertoire. We thought it needed to be played in as many keys as possible.

Lena lärde sig den här låten av sin pappa. Det är en av hennes favoriter från hans repertoar. Vi tyckte att den behövde spelas i så många tonarter som möjligt.

12. Polska efter Christoffer Tholsson

This mysterious polska found its way from Härjedalen to Boston and to our fiddles.

Denna mystiska polska begav sig hela vägen från Härjedalen till Boston, och sedan vidare till våra fioler.

13. Sandy River Belle (trad. from Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners)

Brittany learned this tune at a banjo workshop in the music store where she started taking bluegrass fiddle lessons and she’s loved it ever since. We decided to explore its mellowness in a flat key.

Brittany lärde sig den här låten på en banjoworkshop i en musikaffär där hon brukade ta bluegrass fiollektioner. Låten är fortfarande en stor favorit. Vi ville utforska dess vaggande melodi i en B-tonart.



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My favorite new album of 2015
Lena Jonsson and Brittany Haas have created a really stunning album. Their playing is at turns driving, haunting, and joyful - and always fun enough to make you wish you could join in! The blend of American and Scandinavian tunes is perfect, and will appeal to lovers of either tradition. I'm particularly fond of Duck Dance/Forskarlen; they've got everyone going on in this one, and I'm always bouncing in my seat by the end. There really isn't a bad track on this album, though. It's a fantastic treat to listen to.