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Harald Foss


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Harald Foss records old Norwegian folk music, as well as composing new music inspired and influenced by the old music traditions in Norway and the Western Islands. The music and the instruments date back to pre-Christian and medieval times.

Some melodies and lyrics have been collected from Norway and Iceland, Faroe Islands, Orkneys and other islands in the North Sea. Lyrics are in Old Norse, Norwegian and assorted Norwegian accents.

Harald Foss appears in the trio Harald Foss, Lasse Stang and Stein Villa on the cd Skald, while he plays with his wife Mari Foss on the cds I Vesterveg and Legende.

Some of the instuments used:
Lyre - a reconstruction from a viking age excavation in Hedeby.
Kantele - 5 strings, the oldest type.
Bagpipe - Small Norwegian version.
Mouth harps
Assorted percussion instruments
3 string fiddle
Flutes of bone and wood


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