I'm Blecko Mats Johansson
from Röjeråsen, Sweden and I'm coming to Nisswa-stämman
to play lots of tunes with all of you! I play fiddle in the Rättviks
spelmanslag. I'll be bringing along my wife Gunhild and my
daughter, Anna Maria.
Anna Maria is 10 years old and plays in the Rättviks lilla
spelmanslag. Besides performing with me, she hopes to play with
other young fiddlers!
Blecko Mats will be performing
solo and with some of his friends here in Minnesota, including
Bruce Johnson. Bruce's dad, Edwin
Johnson, emigrated to Minneapolis
from the village of Röjeråsen in 1924 at the ripe
old age of 18. Edwin loved the music of his home village and
played it in his new homeland with unbridled affection. His infectious
musical spirit was the inspiration for much of the Swedish fiddling
that is played in this country today. Blecko Mats plays the old
Rättvik tunes with the same sort of feeling and it will
be our great pleasure to get "infected" all over again!