Nordic variety

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by Otenth Paderborn on Saturday, 6 June, 2009

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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