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Review: Nils Olof Soderback & Peter Michaelsen, Kvarnresan

Sweedish twin fiddling—from Portland, OR.

Nils Olof Soderback & Peter Michaelsen
Kvarnresan
RG RGNET 1197 2010

This is a recording of old style traditional Swedish twin fiddling, featuring 20 traditional pieces performed by Nils Olof Soderback and Peter Michaelsen. The music is performed in the traditional style, with Soderback playing the melody and Michaelsen playing the harmony line. Soderback also performs a few solo pieces and even picks up an accordion for a few tunes.

Soderback, a Swedish native, grew up playing traditional music and continues to do so now that he lives in Oregon. This was recorded live in a barn on his farm with no overdubs. The results are pure, unadorned traditional music that will transport you back to rural 19th Century Sweden. Any fan of old style fiddle will find much to like here. [www.kkv.no.]

—Jim Lee Simi Valley, CA

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