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AmerikaSpel  
Loretta Kelley
AmerikaSpel
ACCD 9603



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Loretta Kelley  
Loretta Kelley
Loretta Kelley is America's foremost player of the traditional  Hardanger
fiddle (hardingfele), an intricately decorated fiddle native to Norway with
sympathetic strings, a nearly flat bridge and a 300-year unbroken aural tradition. 
Loretta specializes in slått music, dance tunes rooted in the 18th century with sometimes unique asymmetrical rhythms, modal scales with "floating" intervals, and haunting tonalities.

Loretta has performed and taught throughout the US for nearly 20 years.
She has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and Prairie Home Companion.  She has traveled numerous times to Norway to study with master fiddlers, and has placed highly in competitions in Norway and appeared on Norwegian radio.

Loretta's album AmerikaSpel (America Playing) reveals European ethnic music's best-kept secret--the driving rhythms of Norwegian springar and gangar dance tunes played on solo hardingfele. A few tracks also feature Loretta joined by associates on hardingfele, accordion, piano and voice. Mike Joyce in the Washington Post says of Loretta's album "the pieces...often develop a haunting power...sometimes intimate, sometimes spirited and always ear-opening."

Dick Rees, who joins Loretta on Urheimen, is a full-time musician specializing in Scandinavian music on button and piano accordion as well as fiddle, and was an original member of  Garrison Keillor's Powdermilk Biscuit Band.

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Track 6   3:32
Kåfjell (The Kå Mountain)  Traditional

Track 15  4:01
Urheimen (Urheim's Tune)  Traditional

KÅFJELL (The Kå Mountain)
A gangar dance tune from Telemark, Norway. The gangar is an elegant, improvisational Norwegian couple dance in a subtle, swinging duple rhythm. This tune is from the area of Hovin in Telemark, and was a favorite of Olav Flåto, one of Hovin's best dance fiddlers.

Musician:
Loretta Kelley: hardingfele


URHEIMEN (Urheim's Tune)
 
A vossarull dance tune from Voss, Norway. This tune is from the tradition of Oddmund Urheim, a well-known 19th-century fiddler from the Hardanger region of Western Norway. Its mood reflects the rolling style of the vossarull, a couple dance whose hallmark is smooth, graceful turning.

Musicians:
Loretta Kelley: hardingfele
Dick Rees: accordion
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AMERIKASPEL

Loretta Kelley
ACCD 9603
Produced by Charlie Pilzer.
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer and David Glasser, Airshow Mastering,                        Springfield, VA.
Recorded by Heidi Gerber at Bias Studio, Springfield, VA.