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World's Largest Schottische

by Foot-Notes

A brand new schottische composed to celebrate the band Foot-Notes 25th anniversary.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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Album Notes
. . . a lucky throwback, a dash of cold water in the face--
a wake up call, if you will . . . Decorah's marvelous Foot-Notes are
a sprightly quartet which . . . has specialized in
the antiquated, unamplified music of their immigrant Norwegian ancestors . . .
Foot-Notes are a terrific, organic band-- the likes of which
we just haven't found in these parts for some time.
Take the kids and shake your feet ...
----- Jim Musser (no relation to Foot-Notes bassist), music reviewer,
Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa City, IA

. . . a charming string band from Decorah. Their vibrant performances at
community dances are significant catalysts for fostering an appreciation for
traditional dance music within the area's Norwegian-American community.
----- Gregory Hansen, folklorist, Bloomington, IN

For 25 years, the Decorah based Scandinavian American old time dance band Foot-Notes has been playing music drawn from the wells of Norwegian and Scandinavian traditions, filtered through the immigrant American experience. Foot-Notes fiddler Beth Hoven Rotto, guitarist Jon Rotto, and bassist Bill Musser are best known for carrying on a 40 year tradition of old time dances in the 1911 Highlandville schoolhouse north of Decorah, a tradition begun by master fiddler Bill Sherburne with whom Beth apprenticed. They are also well known for Nordic Fest street dances, which they have played for close to twenty years.

A wildly popular local phenomenon, Foot-Notes dances attract participants of all ages and backgrounds from the surrounding community and beyond. Foot-Notes has been recognized regionally and nationally for its work in preserving local old-time and traditional Norwegian American dance music. The band has been featured on several radio and television programs and have been covered in numerous newspapers, magazines and blogs. They have provided sound track for films, including one nominated for Best Soundtrack in 2014 (Wild Rose Film Festival, “Whiskey Cookers.”) They have produced four albums, First Steps, Highlandville Dance, Decorah Waltz, and My Father Was a Fiddler. . . which has an accompanying tune book.

The group represented the State of Iowa at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, DC, in 1994, and was invited to return to DC to play at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Center's "Millenium Stage - Masters of Tradition" series in 2008. They have performed for hundreds of community events in northeast Iowa and beyond.

Dance photo used as cover art is courtesy of States of America documentary project.



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