Baltic Crossing

Baltic Crossing
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Baltic Crossing use their strong affinity for old dance music and respect for each others traditions to bring a new youthful energy to the folk music of Europe. Wherever they meet, at least one has to cross the Baltic Sea.

Code: 
GO0508
Publisher: 
Baltic Crossing
Publishing year: 
2008-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2008

Produced by Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson
Recorded by Marko Myöhänen
Mixed by Marko Myöhänen
Mastered by Minerva Pappi

1. Sextour

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Two traditional Danish tunes. The first one is found as "Den toppede høne fra vendsyssel" in the famous tunebook "358 Danske Folkedansemelodier". Kristian learned the second one from accordion and harmonica player Sonnich Lydom who found it in the manuscript of J. Mortensen from Svendborg under the name "Wiener Quadrille". The same tune was also found in the fredericia manuscript of Hans Peder Christensen as "Sextour". We liked that name better…

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

2. Vänkärin Set (Slängpolska / Vänkärin polska)

Comp. Andy May, trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

First a traditional Swedish slängpolska from Harg in the region of Uppland. Kristian learned this tune from his good friend, Daniel Hedman who lives in beautiful Örteränge in the northern part of Uppland. Andy wrote Vänkärin polska (The Shotgun Polska) in 2005, supposedly in the style of a Northumbrian 3/2 hornpipe, but the rest of the band insisted it's a polska, and Esko gave it a Finnish name which means 'The Front Passenger Seat of a Car' or 'Shotgun'!!

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

3. Original Polka Set (Du er min egen / Et års polka)

Comp. Kristian Bugge, trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Two polkas from Vejle where Kristian grew up. The first one is called "Du er min egen" and is from the repertoire of the famous fiddle player from Vejle, Frederik Iversen (1864-1948). He was the first musician ever to play traditional music on Danish radio! The second one is called "Et års polka" and was composed by Kristian as a first birthday present for the wonderful twins, Greta and Alfred Wallin from Helsingborg in Sweden.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

4. The Striking General

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Traditional Danish dance tune from the playing of Madvig Vilsen (1909-1987) from the island of Læsø. It was originally composed by D.T.S. Bjerregaard (1852-1916) from Kjellerup outside Viborg, but the Læsø musicians adopted it and it became part of their big and very exciting traditional repertoire.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

5. Ostindiens velkomst

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Traditional dance tune from Sønderho on the island of Fanø. One of the many favourites we learned from the playing of Peter Uhrbrand.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

6. Sir John Fenwick's (Sir John Fenwick's the Flower Among Them All / The Dusty Miller)

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Two traditional English tunes: Sir John Fenwick's The Flower Among Them All / The Dusty Miller.

Sir John Fenwick of Wallington, northeast England, was a supporter of the Jacobites, and was executed in 1697 for plotting to kill the English king William of Orange. The tune is found in several early Northumbrian collections including Peacock's pipe tunes, although 16th century versions exist, commonly named Mary Scott The Flower of Yarrow. There are many tunes titled The Dusty Miller but this 3/2 hornpipe version is found in the manuscript of English dance tunes "John of the Greeny Cheshire Way".

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

7. Korv och mos (Sausages and Mash)

Comp. Mats Edén, arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

This fantastic tune was composed by the renowned fiddler Mats Edén from Sweden. It means "Sausages and Mash". We had a great time playing the tune with Mats during our famous no-underpants gig at the excellent Haukeliseter Festival in Norway.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

8. Space Cowboys

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Antti found these two nameless traditional Finnish quadrilles in a tunebook whilst sitting reading on the toilet in Kaustinen. He immedietely saw that they had great potential, washed his hands, and brought them to England for our first ever concert. They were christened Space Cowboys by the wonderful Swedish saxophonist Harriet Ohlsson, who thought the chords sounded just like the classic rock song "The Joker" by Steven Miller.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: double bass
Antti Järvelä: mandolin
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

9. Mofodragon Set (Koukkulammin polkka and Molbodrengens hopsa)

Comp. Otto Hotakainen, Otto Rasmussen, arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

Koukkulammin polkka is composed by a great Finnish fiddler Otto Hotakainen (1908-1990) from Halsua. He wrote many great polka tunes after he once thought there would be something for people to think about.

Molbodrengens Hopsa is composed by Otto Rasmussen (1872-1949), but was made famous during the seventies, actually, by the great Danish fiddle player Ewald Thomsen (1913-1993) who used to play it regularly.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: guitar
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: double bass

10. Schottis Set (Harrin jenkka and Blind Ola)

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

We first combined the tunes "Harrin jenkka" (Finland) and "Blind-Ola" (Norway) together with a little help from the Finnish Norwegian band Frigg whilst on tour with them in Denmark. Ian would be extremely happy if anyone would notice the other tunes he has tried to hide in the intro…

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon

11. Green Eel

Comp. trad., arr. Kristian Bugge, Antti Järvelä, Esko Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson.

We learned this tune from Gerd and Frede Nielsen from Flintinge, Lolland, DK. We've had many good tunes in their beautiful home. Among that we had the joy of their great sausages, cheese, bread and beer… Grønne Aal is from the manuscript of Hans Pedersen Adrian (1853-1924) from the island of Lolland.

Kristian Bugge: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin, viola
Antti Järvelä: double bass, mandolin, banjo
Andy May: Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes, piano
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon