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Fiddler Group was founded in November 1944 at
a gathering in Rättvik Folk Park. In the beginning the fiddlers
practiced once a month. At the first meeting about 60 fiddlers
were invited and included legendary fiddlers Pers Erik, Pål
Olle and SäbbJohn.
Sparv Anders was the first company leader and conductor.
He introduced the condition for membership "That one felt
a need to play folktunes". This aim and condition is what
is required for membership to this day!
Radio and LP recordings
1948 was to be a very special year. When the rally for the provincial
Fiddlers Association (Dalarnas Spelmansförbund) was held
in Malung, Matts Arnberg from Swedish Radio succeeded in getting
his chief producer to make a live recording of a large group
The Rättviks Spelmanslag.
The broadcast of this recording took place on August 25 1948.
Some of the tunes recorded and making a major success were: Gärdeby
gånglåt, Bingsjövalsen and Bock Fars Polska.
After this, the group recorded an LP with these tunes and added
two more: Trettondagsmarschen and Kari Pers polska. These successes
made the group well known throughout Sweden.
In 1956 Erik Gudmundsson arranged the first tour to North America.
The group visited "Swedish regions". A second major
tour to America was made in 1979 A coast to coast tour.
A combined tour to the "Fiddlers Festival" in Drummondville
and Nova Scotia, Canada was made in 1987. In 1993 a trip was
made to Gannat in France. Furthermore the Rättvik Fiddlergroup
has a wide international exchange particularly with Kaustinen
in Finland, Roskilde in Denmark and Røros in Norway and
of course, Sweden's own big festival, Falun Folkmusic Festival.
Local folk festivals
The Rättviks Fiddlergroup became a major part of the local
festivals: Music at Siljan from the end of the 1960´s,
The Rättviks Folklore Festival from 1974, and from 1976,
the Music in Summer Evening at Rättviks Church. The group
plays a major part in the annual Midsummer Maypole festivities
and of course many other community activities. In 1972
a new LP was recorded. In 1982 the group received the Rättviks
Community Culture prize.
Our club house
Karlsviks Manor became a home with archives, rehearsing rooms
etc. At last we could collect all our music notes, tapes, press
cuttings and the fantastic Hans Börtas register over all
fiddlers in the county of Rättvik. This collection will
be moved to the new "House of Folkmusic" (Folkmusikens
Hus) here in Rättvik.
Today we have about 100 members and nearly half of these rehearse
regularly every Tuesday in our present locality in the Church
school, in the center of Rättvik. This will be a "House
of Folkmusic" (Folkmusikens Hus) soon. Rättviks Fiddle
Association is a voluntary organization working to promote music
and folk culture through workshops., regular meetings, concerts
and other performances. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in
1994 with a CD-recording (GCD-26
GIGA) - there you can read more about us.
Rättviks fiddlers play mostly tunes from Rättvik and
Bingsjö, we like to play for folkdancers and like to inspire
happiness in our dance public through our performance! The young
fiddlers together with the old fiddlers create a profile and
harmony and happiness in the learning which gives the best possibilities
for recruiting new fiddlers for the future. Rättviks Fiddle
Association is open to anyone who has love and passion for folkmusic
and wishing to improve his/her playing under generous forms of
learning and performing.
The conductors and leaders today are Petra Norgren and Christer
Blank. The Chairman is Anders Säbb.