Nordic variety

The folk tra­di­tions of the Baltic, Scan­di­navia, Orkney, and the Shet­lands reflect cen­turies of migra­tion, war, reset­tle­ment, and peace. The music often shares dis­tinc­tive tem­pos and time sig­na­tures, as well as instru­men­ta­tion.

So lots of 3/4 time today, whether waltz, vals, pol­s­ka, ham­bo, or mazur­ka; and 2/4, whether pol­ka, march, schot­tis, or halling (which is some­times 6/8!).

Like­wise, many strings: dis­tinc­tive among them, the nyck­el­harpa, hard­ingfele, and hur­dy-gur­dy. Of course, we’ll also hear the accor­dion and the jaw-harp in healthy mea­sure.

Orkney artists Jen­nifer and Hazel Wrigley, Seely­hoo, Allie Wind­wick with Bil­ly and Ingirid Jol­ly, and Hugh Inkster with Nan­cy Cas­sell are fea­tured in today’s pro­gram.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at or at any library branch in-world. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Otenth Pader­born.

Today’s pro­gram­ming is spon­sored in part by the Sec­ond Life estate of Orca­dia, com­pris­ing the sims Wyre, Mur­dann, and Giverny, in cel­e­bra­tion of its sec­ond anniver­sary. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it

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