Northern Stars & Northern Lights ~ music for long nights
~ seeking help for misfiring brain cells…
No, I’m going to avoid using ‘Scandinavian’, we’ve all seen what happens when the term ‘Celtic’ is bantered about. I have several times had in my possession some pretty impressive collections of music from these northern climes, primarily from Norway, Sweden, Finland ~ and ~ The Faroe Isles. Before marriage I was generous and after amassing such audio joys ~ as prized as the ear candy from these ‘Celtic’ ( Oops! 😉 ) realms ~ I gave them to deserving organization, and I hope the adjective was right.
Anyway, I’d love to reacquaint my ears with the lovely melodies of these climes, not forgetting Denmark, Greenland and Iceland too while I’m at it. It is mostly dance music I’m interested in, but my musical joys aren’t limited to that.
There was one particular group I’d made friends, and I can’t remember the name, but they were fiddles and a reed organ for the half dozen recordings the band made back in the 70s and 80s. I’d also learned some tunes from them, a lovely bunch. Another few mad people were reviving the pipes in the music, and I even got to meed a group or two who also used a harp. Another friend makes them… And there was a young competition winning fiddler who I wrestled to the ground (haven’t that ability anymore) when he was considering giving up his naturally acquired tradition for Irish fiddling… 😀
So, pleeeaaase ~ recommendations of recordings from our cousins under the northern lights, maybe when you have some free time on a long night, and from the rest of us too, as I know there are many of us here who have grown to appreciate this music, some of that music already a valued part of this database. Sources would be welcome too, where we might be able to purchase them?
SPECIFIC NEED! ~ a recording from the 80s, with the most amazing waltz on it, as a friend describes it ~ "gorgeous, drop dead!" ~ possibly it’s the band’s name? ~ not sure, as the brain cells are being particularly uncooperative from lost sleep ~ but I’ve no doubt a good number of you would equally appreciate this waltz, only half-baked in our friends mind and just tickling the tips of his fingers and his bow arm aching with the need to move… So, wanting to find this if at all possible, and more, as I’m greedy ~ here’s that half remembered scramble of vocalization that represents the album’s name, or that of the band ~ 😏
Help?! ~ Please… I won’t give them away this time, my wife won’t let me…