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The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc Album Release: BONFROST

February 19

Album cover for The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc's newest album, Bonfrost, featuring a large chunk of ice.The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc builds on their Avant-Folk vision with new album, BONFROST, out February 19.

Kevin Henderson from the Shetland Islands, Olav Luksengård Mjelva from Norway, and Anders Hall from Sweden are master musicians with a broad stylistic range rooted in three of the world’s richest fiddling traditions. Their third album BONFROST, to be released on their own NFB label on February 19, is the strongest statement yet by this unconventional trio. The songs run from deeply traditional to edgy originals like “Adam’s Nightmare” and “Don’t Drink and Dance”. And for the first time they have included solo tracks that spotlight each of their traditions.

BONFROST (a term for very hard frost in Shetland) was recorded “live” at Mjelva’s studio to better capture the feel and energy of a live show. The album follows Deliverance (2016) and their self-titled 2011 debut, which was chosen by Songlines magazine for their “Top of the World” list of best albums.

The group’s latest effort not only features traditional songs from Shetland, Norway, and Sweden, some dating back to the 19th century, but original songs in a neo-traditional style, including Mjelva’s “Frygg,” his tribute to the groundbreaking Finnish band Frigg, “one of the greatest Nordic bands ever.” Their influences also include American fiddlers Mark O’Connor, Rodney Miller, and Gabe Witcher from Punch Brothers.

More information about the band and where to find their album is available on their website.


February 19