Ever heard of Norwegian Hardanger fiddles? All serious fiddlers LOVE these
Well if you are reading this, the chances are that you might already know something about Hardanger fiddles and are as passionate about them as we are. But if they are new to you, they are traditional Norwegian violins that have four top strings - like an ordinary violin - and usually four or five sympathetic strings which ring while the fiddle is played making a fantastic sound. These understrings are also called "drone" strings and are used on a number of older string instruments - Viola d'Amore - Swedish Nykleharpa.
And like the ordinary violin - wow - what a voice! And what versatility! True Hardanger fiddle music is based on old traditional Norwegian tunes. But like traditional music everywhere, there is an ongoing resurgence in this music with young contemporary musicians pushing the boundaries.
Increasingly, musicians are collaborating and breaking down the boundaries between Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish, Shetland and other traditional styles. There are some seriously good bands and players around using Hardanger fiddles for that special sound.
And the downside? They are like hens teeth to find! Especially if you live outside Norway! Even there, they are not easy to track down. SO..
So we have spent a few years researching and finding a way to make high quality Hardangers true to the tradition which are affordable to people like us!