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Jew's harp CD

Sigurd Brokke has released a new CD with mouth harp music. Sigurd Brokke writes in the attached booklet:

After many years working with old recordings of “munnharpe” [mouth-harp, jew's harp] playing, I have now been looking into other traditional Setesdal repertoire that can also be suitable for playing on the instrument. This album presents “new” jew's harp pieces / tunes that are based on traditional fiddle and vocal material from Setesdal. In developing these, it has not always been my goal to make exact copies of the traditional

fiddle versions. Fiddle and jew's harp differ in many ways, so I have felt no need to bind myself completely. This has probably also been the case for musicians in generations past. On old recordings one finds jew's harp versions of tunes that are quite different from the fiddle versions, even from the same area. One can also find harp pieces / tunes that contain elements from a variety of fiddle tunes. Daniel Sandén-Warg contributes as a guest artist on the album, playing four tunes on Hardanger fiddle.

The album's "bonus-CD" - exclusively jew's harp and recorded at the same time as the "main CD" - contains newer versions of tunes presented on my earlier albums.

The CD is published by Etnisk Musikklubb . You can hear samples here.

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Jew's harp CD

"Sputtering and drive - mouth harp in 100" with Hallgrim Berg and Erik Røine was published at the Mouth Harp Festival 2010 in Fagernes.


On this CD you will hear a varied repertoire of songs, rhythms and
tones from two of the foremost mouth harp players in Norway.
The veterans in the field, Erik Røine and Hallgrim Berg, have now combined "100 years" with virtuoso practitioners. They are celebrating their anniversary


veterans in the field, now have a combined total of 100 years as virtuoso performers. They are marking their jubilee with a "full speed record" which presents som e suprising tracks.


The CD is published by Grappa Musikkforlag.

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Jew's harp CD

Sigurd Brokke plays the harp and Daniel Sandén-Warg plays the hard fiddle.


Read more on the record company's pages. 

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Jew's harp CD

Sigurd Brokke plays the harp and Daniel Sandén-Warg plays the hard fiddle.


Read more on the record company's pages. 

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Photo: Leonhard Jansen

Jew's harp CD


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"Fille-Vern" - double mouth harp CD with old and new masters

One of the reasons why the Norwegian Mouth Harp Forum was founded almost ten years ago

side, was to make available the old traditional fabric found in

archives around - first and foremost in NRK.

Norwegian Mouth Harp Forum has now released the double

CD  "Fille-Vern - Old and new masters in Norwegian mouth

harp tradition ". The first CD contains archive recordings

from 1937 onwards until the 1970s. Here we find many of

the recordings which forms the basis of our traditional game.

We can name champions as Aani Rysstad, Mikkjel Kåvenes,

Anders K. Rysstad, Knut E. Brokke, Hallvard T. Bjørgum and

Torleiv H. Bjørgum from Setesdal; Lars Holø, Per Sandvik and

Olav O. Aukrust from Gudbrandsdalen; Olav Oreholti from

Telemark and Embrik Beitohaugen and Olav Hauge from

Valdres. The technical quality of even the oldest of these

recordings is after accrue very good.


The second CD contains mostly songs from Landskappleiken

and The NMF festivals take place in the period 1995 to 2005.

Here are masters that today's festival audience knows that.


The package contains a total of 93 tunes with a playing time of close to two and a half hours plus a 104-page textbook with a discussion of traditions and fiddlers, notes and pictures (half are English sales). "Fille-Vern" is published in collaboration with the record company Ta: lik and NRK and is supported by the Norwegian Cultural Council, the Council for Folk Music and Dance, the Norwegian Folk Music and Dance Association and the Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.


The conclusion is that this is a package that everyone who is interested in traditional harp playing must have! This is simply a reference work. We thank those who have put so much effort into making this happen!


Finally, we include the back cover lyrics that explain the origin of the name of the song and the CD:


"Fille-Vern" was the nickname of Vern Auversson (b. 1792) who he had received because he traded in rags, an important raw material in datida's paper production. The beat of the same name was simply his favorite beat. It is still probably the most played tune among mouth harp players in the Setesdal tradition, as evidenced by as many as seven versions of this release. In addition to mowing from Setesdal, where Vern traded his rags, you will hear harmonica playing from all the most important traditional areas in Norway, such as Telemark, Hallingdal, Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres. With a rarely documented instrument that may have roots all the way back to Viking times, this double CD presents for the first time recordings with both deceased and living musicians that cover a period from 1937 until today.


Project leader for the Norwegian Mouth Harp Forum, Viggo Vestel, would like to send a special thank you to Leiv Solberg on NRK. He has been a great help in the work, but he was unfortunately not mentioned in the textbook.


Members of MNF can buy the CD for NOK. 150, - (including VAT) plus shipping by sending an order to You must then state that you are a member of NMF.

You can right taste and buy the CDs here:

You can also buy the album from other record stores, among others from Etnisk Musikklubb:


Double CD + DVD from Grappa Musikkforlag

In collaboration with Grappa Musikkforlag AS (Heilo), we have produced an album with two CDs and a DVD from "the 4th International Mouth Harp Festival at Rauland" in 2002.


Click on the image above to go to Grappa. Here you can right cut from the records and order the album.


From the release:

Arne Norheim, who has composed "Partita for four mouth harps"



Svein Westad, Ånon Egeland, Rune Martinsen and Hallgrim Berg play "Partita for four mouth harps"




Norwegian CDs:

·  Syringe and drive - mouth harp in 100

Hallgrim Berg and Erik Røine. Heilo HCD7254

·  Fille-Vern

Old and new masters in the Norwegian mouth harp tradition. Talik TA29CD

·  Jew's harp festival 2002.

Two CDs and a DVD from "the 4th International Mouth Harp Festival at Rauland" in 2002.  Heilo HCD7189

·  The world of the mouth harp.

Svein Westad, John Wright, Trân Quang Hai and Leo Tadagawa. Ethnic Music Club EM3.

·  Mouth harp!

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

·  Klunkaren.

Thorleiv H. & Hallvard T. Bjørgum. SYLVCD1

·  Framework

Daniel Sanden-Warg and Sigurd Brokke, Ethnic Music Club EM29

·  Framework II

Daniel Sanden-Warg and Sigurd Brokke, Ethnic Music Club EM49

·  From one to one.

Bjørgulv Straume. Bscd 96

·  Hrynhendt

Bjørgulv Straume, Øystein Kikut.

·  Ånon.

Ånon Egeland. Heilo / Grappa HCD 7136.

·  Licensed to dance.

Hallgrim Berg and Ari Thunda. MNW Records 1998.

·  Låtta o song song from Valdres

Rolf O. Karlberg. (Own publisher: ROK, 2943 Rogne)

·  Running string.

Kirsten Bråten Berg and Hallvard Bjørgum. Grappa GRCD 4157

·  All the world's folk music.

John Wright et al. Grappa GRCD 4139.

·  Quartz.

Lie / Rudi / Rustad / Styve. Quartz 1998.

·  Violins

Tom Willy Rustad. Quartz 2005.


Foreign CDs:

·  Mountain Echo.

  Jew's harps around the world. (Also Norwegian) PAN1206 (Ethnic Music Club order number 2-1602)

·  The mouth harp.

  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. Anthropodium ATP002-99PhB.

·  A song for the Jew's harp.

  Phons Bax. BDd-001-97PhB.

·  Hungary 2.

  Anthology 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 by contacting: Ethnic Music Club, . You can also find many other good folk music offers by studying the catalog, which you can find at:

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