Loretta A. Kelley, winner of class D, National Hardangerfiddle Contest 2011 in Seljord, Telemark county, Norway. Photo credit: Frode Inge Helland via Creative Commons.
Hardanger Fiddle Concert with Loretta Kelley
June Lodge Meeting
Loretta Kelley is the foremost American performer on the hardingfele (the traditional Hardanger fiddle), an intricately decorated fiddle native to Norway with sympathetic strings, a nearly flat bridge, and a 300-year unbroken aural tradition. Loretta specializes in slått music, dance tunes rooted in the 18th century with sometimes unique asymmetrical rhythms, modal scales with "floating" intervals, and haunting tonalities.
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