Indre Sunnfjord Spelemannslag
EM14 / 2003
LEADING HARDANGER FIDDLE GROUP IN NORWAY
Indre Sunnfjord Spelemanns- lag is rec- ognized as one of the leading hardanger fiddle groups in Norway. It participated for the first time at “Landskappleiken” in 1971, and ended up next to the last. Since then we have developed a lot, and won “Landskappleiken” 12 times and “Landsfestivalen for Gammaldansmusikk” twice. All the time we have had active par- ticipants at regional and local competitions, in divisions for ensembles, solo perform- ance and dancing. They also arrange festi- vals and competitions like “Landskappleiken” twice, “Landsfestivalen i Gammaldansmusikk” twice, and every year volunteers help arrange the Førde International Folk Music Festival. One of Sigmund Eikås’ main aims is to get hidden or forgotten local music into general use again. He has spent a lot of time in the regional folk music archive, searching for tunes to use in the ensemble. In this way he has brought forth a great number of tunes, for the pleasure of players, dancers and other lovers of traditional music. Some of the tunes on this recording have not been published on CD before. In addition to local music Indre Sunnfjord Spelemannslag plays tunes from other regions in Norway. This recording shows a selection of tunes which the ensemble is using now (2003).