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Outside of Scandinavia the best-known Norwegian fiddler would probably be Annbjorg Lien, but folk music purists are sure to prefer Sven Nyhus. Nyhus, along with Hans Brimi represents an archetype in Scandinavia, the stern-looking fiddler playing dance music, sometimes accompanied only by his own foot stomping out the beat. Sven Nyhus (b. 1932) is from the Østerdalen region of Norway. In this region the flatfele ("flat fiddle" or violin) predominates, but Nyhus sometimes plays the Handanger fiddle, the distinctively Norwegian… read more

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