New Mountain Music
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New Mountain Music consists of Helén Norberg, song, guitar, fiddle, bass and an accordian-like instrument called "durspel", Thord Söderberg five-string banjo, guitar and mandolin and Peggy Sjöström song, hammered dulcimer, penny whistle, guitar och Appalachian clogging. Clogging is a traditionel dance originating from the Kentucky and Tennessee area.
The band was born 1995 and concisted then only of Helén och Thord. Since November 2002 Peggy belongs to the band too. All three have for many years played in a lot of band constellations, and therefore there it's no exaggeration to say that the routin is solid. Peggy has been activ in Michigan, USA for more than 30 years and there she played the kind of music that New Mountain Music plays now.
Peggy has thanks to her experience of American folk music through her special instrument, the hammered dulcimer added an extra sound to the band and made some of the American tunes to sound even more authentic.
(PHOTO: Västerbottens Folkblad)
Hammered dulcimer is played with small, light, wooden hammers.
New Mountain Music has a wide register and a long experience. The band plays American folk music by a genuine mark, so called old-time music, which roots in the Irish, Brittish and Scottish folk music are clearly discernible. Bluegrass, that also is a vidareutveckling of the old time music is also a part of the repertoar. It was etablished in the area of North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky in the the of the 40th (everyone who doesn't know anything about Bluegrass use to nod with a smile of recognition if you mention the music from the movies Bonnie and Clyde or Den sista färden, where the bluegrass banjo played a prominet role) .
New Mountain Music has even another kind of repertoir, a one with tunes played om "durspel" and guitar polkas, walzes, schottishes (?) and so on. Most of them composed by Helén, who really has gotten a good respons from the audiance.Add to this we play traditionell music on diolin and huitar like Irish, Scottish and American fiddle tunes, which use to make even the most shy listener to stampa takten. (Skulle någon till äventyrs få för sig att begära en svensk fiollåt typ Gärdebylåten, så kan vi även stå till tjänst med det.)
New Mountain Musicsmusik må av oss själva och andra rubriceras old-time, men är nog snarare tidlös och riktar sig inte till någon viss åldersgrupp heller, utan uppskattas av alla ålderskategorier. Det har vi fått många bevis på vi har varit ute och spelat på de mest olikartade ställen som dagis, pubar, bygdegårdar, fester av allsköns slag, servicehus, i etermedia m.m.
New Mountain Music spelar som nämnts till övervägande delen traditionellt material (fast i egen tappning naturligtvis) men spelar även en del eget förutom durspelslåtarna också vokala nummer av olika karaktär.
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