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Gammalgrass

Ola
Ola Kvernberg
violin / viola / mandolin
Stian
Stian Carstensen
accordion / banjo / pedalsteel / guitar
Ole Morten
Ole Morten Vågan
double bass

Gammaldans, a genre in norwegian folk music, seems to have surprisingly many similarities with traditional american bluegrass music. The musical language of norwegian gammaldans is based on many of the same codes of harmonic and rythmic movements. Norwegian gammaldans has been, and still is (like its “cousin” bluegrass), music played in intimate settings with both listening and dancing audiences. But: why is there so little improvisation in norwegian folk music? Gammalgrass insist on finding out! ..and while they’re at it, they’ll throw in whatever comes to their mind.