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One of the reasons for establishing Horsk Munnharpeforum (Norwegian Jew's Harp Forum) was to make available the old Jew's Harp material hidden in archives around the country, mainly in the NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). Norwegian Jew's Harp Forum  have now released the double CD: "Fille-Vern - Old and new masters in Norwegian Jew's Harp tradition". The first CD contain archive recordings from 1937 to the1970s. The second CD gives samples of  what has been performed at the NMF festivals and at "Landskappleiken", the main national competion for traditional music, song and dance.


The album contains 93 tunes and the total playing time is close to two and a half hours. Included is also a 104 page booklet with descriptions of traditions and musicans plus some notes and pictures (half the booklet is in English).


"Fille-Vern" (Raggedy Vern) was the nickname given to Vern Auversson (b. 1792) who traded in rags, an important ingredient for paper production in his time. A tune called "Fille-Vern", because it was Vern's favorite, has long been popular among jew's harp players in the Setesdal tradition. This double-CD is a collection of jew's harp music from areas of Norway well known for their traditions: Telemark, Hallingdal, Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres, as well as Setesdal, where Vern vandered with his rags. It provides an unique, in-depth experience of the jew's harp, an instrument known world-wide, but whose roots in Norway may go back more than 1000 years, to the days of the Vikings. Field recordings made during the years 1937-2006 provide us with a variety of traditional tunes performed by a variety of artists, the oldest born in 1865 and the youngest in 1977.


This album is a must for all those who are interested in Norwegian Jew's Harp traditions.

You can listen to samples and buy the CDs here:

Other productions

Double CD + DVD from Grappa Musikkforlag

In co-operation with Grappa Musikkforlag  AS (Heilo) we have produced an album with two CDs and one DVD from ”The 4th International Jew’s Harp Festival and Congress at Rauland in 2002”.

Please click on the pictures to go to Grappa.  Here you can listen to tracks from the CDs, and order the album.


Norwegian CDs:

·  Sputer og drev - munnharpe i 100

Hallgrim Berg og Erik Røine. Heilo HCD7254


·  Fille-Vern

Gamle og nye mestre i norsk munnharpetradisjon. Talik TA29CD


·  Jew's harp festival 2002.

To CD'ar og ein DVD frå "den 4. Internasjonale Munnharpefestivalen på Rauland" i 2002.  Heilo HCD7189


·  Munnharpas verden.

Svein Westad, John Wright, Trân Quang Hai og Leo Tadagawa. Etnisk Musikklubb EM3.


·  Munnharpa!

Hallgrim Berg og Erik Røine. Heilo/Grappa HCD 7149.


·  Klunkaren.

Thorleiv H. & Hallvard T. Bjørgum. SYLVCD1


·  Rammeslag

Daniel Sanden-Warg og Sigurd Brokke, Etnisk Musikklubb EM29


·  Rammeslag II

Daniel Sanden-Warg og Sigurd Brokke, Etnisk Musikklubb EM49


·  Frå ett til ett.

Bjørgulv Straume. Bscd 96


·  Hrynhendt

Bjørgulv Straume, Øystein Kikut.


·  Ånon.

Ånon Egeland. Heilo/Grappa HCD 7136.


·  Licenced to dance.

Hallgrim Berg and Ari Thunda. MNW Records 1998.


·  Låtta o låttestev frå Valdres

Rolf O. Karlberg. (ROK, 2943 Rogne, Norway)


·  Runarstreng.

Kirsten Bråten Berg and Hallvard Bjørgum. Grappa GRCD 4157


·  All verdens folkemusikk.

John Wright etc Grappa GRCD 4139.


·  Kvarts.

Lie/Rudi/Rustad/Styve. Kvarts 1998.


·  Fiolsteinen

Tom Willy Rustad. Kvarts 2005.


Foreign CDs:

·  Munniharpuna.

 Tapani Varis. Teosto KICD 46.

·  The lark in the clear air.

 John, Dave & Mike Wright . OSS CD13.

·  Music and the dispel of thoughts.

 Phons Bax & musicians. Antropodium ATP002-99PhB.

·  A song for the Jew's harp.

 Phons Bax. BDd-001-97PhB.

·  Hungary 2.

 Antology of Folklore Music. Folkcraft CD 2907.

·  River Yamuna.

 The Karnataka College of Percussion. Music of the World MOW145.

·  Phillipines Palawan Highlands Music.

 Le Chant du Monde LDX 274 865.

·  The music of Yi people in Yunnan, China.

 King Record KICC 5188.

·  Instrumental music of Khyrgyztan.

King Record KICC 5210.

Many of the Norwegian and foreign CDs can be ordered from You may find several good folk music records at


Norway has got it's first music archaeologist.  Gjermund Kolltveit has been conferred a doctor's degree on the history of the Jew's Harp in Europe. This is the result of ten years of research on this part of European music history that so few have been working on till now.

Gjermund Kolltveit has documented and analyzed 830 Jew's Harps from archaeological excavations in Europe. The material represent hundres of years of  Jew's Harp history, most of the instruments are from the period 1200-1600.


(English summary on page 2.)

Thesis in music archaeology on Jew's Harps by

Gjermund Kolltveit


Article about «the Norwegian munnharpe revival” by NMF-member

Deirdre Áine Eilís Morgan

In the last 50 years, Norway has experienced a wave of new interest for the jew’s harp. For example, this has resulted in foundation of the Norwegian Jew’s Harp Forum - Norsk Munnharpeforum.

Deidre Morgan has written about this in the article «Cracking the code: recordings, transmission, players and smiths in the Norwegian munnharpe revival», published in Ethnomusicology Forum.

It is about the role of audio-visual recordings in the transmission of munnharpe playing and smithing techniques, featuring several members of the NMF. The article is available to download for free until September 30, 2018 at this link. After that, please contact Deirdre to request a copy.

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