Caravan (Nordic Stomp)
cdRoots Code: nds-02
A Norwegian-Shetland collaboration, Aamos presents new folk music with a flair for good melodies, fine arrangements and an uncanny sense of timing
Every now and again a traditional folk band comes along that raises the stakes and takes the music a step further, not just putting old wine in new bottles, but actually subtly changing the infusion itself. Such is the case with AAMOS, the Shetland-Norwegian trio.
The material is chiefly traditional Shetland fiddle tunes, with the addition of some memorable self-penned ones that, like the band itself, bridge the gap between these Nordic next-door neighbours. The fiddle-playing is top-notch – you would expect no less from a line-up featuring the likes of Kevin Henderson, globetrotting whizz kid of Shetland fiddling, renowned from such bands as Boys of the Lough, Fiddler’s Bid and Session A9: and Mark Laurenson, a finalist in the Scottish Traditional Young Folk Musician of the Year 2003 and co-founder of Shetland’s foremost “spree band”, Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag. Together they are a powerhouse, able to ratchet up your heartbeat on the fast tunes – and stop it almost dead on the slow ones with their poise and passion.
But there’s more to this than mere youthful virtuosity. Whether AAMOS are playing hell-for-leather reels or breathtakingly beautiful bridal tunes, there is a Scandinavian ambience here that makes even the familiar tunes sound like new discoveries. This is not least due to the exquisite guitar playing of the trio’s Norwegian member, Vidar Skrede. One of Scandinavia’s foremost young folk musicians, known from such bands as Geitungen, Secret Carpet Club, Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND and the Great Norwegian Guitar Quartet, Vidar is a gifted fiddler himself, and his DADGAD guitar, whether fast and furious or lyrically laidback, shows an inventive understanding of the tunes that makes the term “accompaniment” rather a misnomer. The guitar is upfront, calling the shots along with the fiddles.
“Aamos” is a Shetland dialect word meaning “a gift promised in the hope that a wish will be granted to the donor”. With their debut CD Caravan, AAMOS have more than honoured their promise. We can only hope that it is their wish to regale us with more of their unique music.
AAMOS is a trio that was formed in Norway in 2008, to spread the very special and energetic Shetland fiddle tradition to the World and further! They play mainly the traditional music of Shetland, the ritual tunes for weddings - like the bedding of the bride on her wedding night for example. The slow melodic tunes, and of course the fast swinging reels which Shetland is most famous for! The 2 fiddles and guitar combine to express deep subtle feeling, good humor and plenty of driving power!
AAMOS is Shetland fiddle players - Kevin Henderson and Mark Laurenson. Along with Norwegian – Vidar Skrede on guitar.
Kevin Henderson is from Lerwick in Shetland and is most noted for playing in well known bands such as Shetland super group – Fiddlers Bid, Scottish group -Session A9 and one of the best known British/Irish folk bands – Boys of the Lough. For more information: www.kevinhenderson.co.uk
Mark Laurenson, from Bigton in the south of Shetland won Shetland's young fiddler of the year in 1999 and was a finalist in the Scottish Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003. Mark has toured in Estonia, Belgium, Norway and throughout England and Scotland. He is known for playing with Shetland bands, Drop the Box and Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag.
Vidar is from Rogaland in south-western Norway and plays Hardanger-fiddle, ordinary fiddle and guitars. With a master degree in Nordic folk music at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Vidar plays in several well-known bands such as «Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND», «The Secret Carpet Club», «Geitungen», «NOMAS» and «The Great Norwegian Guitar Quartet».
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