The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Here's some video to give you an idea of what TNFB are all about and - dare we say it - just how good they are!!! Just click on the tune link to experience.
".....this is for anyone who enjoys beautifully played melodies and a sense of tradition and fun" **** - Songlines Magazine
"The ‘Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’ comprise Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland).
Individually they are regarded as three of the finest young fiddle players currently working in the international folk music scene, while collectively they are now finding themselves increasingly in demand across the world due to their unique collaboration and onstage sense of humour and 'banter'.
Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is the brainchild of Anders Hall who felt that combining the three distinctive fiddles styles of their respective countries and regions would create a special musical sound and experience.
Norway, Sweden and Shetland have three of the richest fiddle traditions in the world, with documented historical links going back hundreds of years. ‘Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’ are now seeking to bring those historical links and traditions alive and present them in an exciting new fashion, while also remaining faithful to the roots of each tradition.
While blending the individual styles together they never-the-less allow each distinctive flavour to unfold into a combined sound that’s unique, meaningful, intense and invigorating.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc have just released their eponymously entitled debut album. Check it out / buy it HERE
"On the evidence to hand, pure fiddle doesn't get much better than The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - Alex Monaghan - www.folkworld.eu
"It's high class all the way" - The Herald
"This trio are endlessly varied, powerful and beautiful.....a shimmering display of accurately pitched, highly skilled musical accomplishment" - The Scotsman
"In other popular music genres these is sometimes talk of super-groups which too often falls flat when it comes to the music. But here comes folk music's own supergroup that deserves attention far outside the usual channels" - Lire Magazine.
THE GROUP - AS INDIVIDUALS
ANDERS HALL (Sweden)
Anders plays fiddle, viola and also specialises on the Hardanger fiddle, an instrument he studied at the Ole Bull Academy in Norway. As a result of this he now has an in depth knowledge of Norwegian music as well as the music of his native country.
He has also established himself as a creative and gifted musician on the Nordic folk scene working with the likes of Sver and Taur with Sigrid Moldestad. He has the ability to reach the listener, bringing together the old traditions of his craft with new innovative ideas and expressions.
KEVIN HENDERSON (SHETLAND)
Since being taught to play the fiddle by legendary Shetland maestro Willie Hunter, Kevin's star has consistently been on the rise, namely as a member of groups such as 'Boys of the Lough', Fiddlers' Bid and Session A9 as well as of course being an accomplished solo performer in his own right - recently releasing his solo album 'Fin da Laand Ageen'.
Throughout this time Kevin has established himself as one of Shetland's finest and most dynamic fiddle players, with terrific stage presence and sense of humour into the bargain.
OLAV LUKSENGARD MJELVA (NORWAY)
Olav plays both fiddle and Hardanger fiddle and has established himself as a very familiar and noted face on the Nordic music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but also as a prominent member of groups such as Sver, The Unni Boksasp Ensemble and the Copper City Ramblers - to name just three.
In March 2010 he won the prestigious 'Spellemannsprisen' the Norwegian eqivalent of the Grammy's for his musicianship.
VIDEOS - To follow.....
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