Geitungen

GeitungenThe trio Geitungen presents tunes that were once popular with party-goers in the hinterland of Rogaland county, tunes that were dance-floor favourites – the hits of yesteryear. Geitungen play the tunes in the rhythmic fashion that they were played then and there. The three musicians’ fiddles, melodeon, mandolin, hardanger fiddle, mandola and guitars combine to colour the soundboard. The expression is straightforward and the music ranges from cozy, warm mazurka to hotheaded hopsars and plaintive waltzes, sometimes with elements of more contemporary popular music styles in the arrangements. With their capricious and compelling playing, Geitungen take you back, far out to the poorly lit dance floors of the more festive parts of rural Rogaland.

Geitungen has released three albums so far, Langt Ute (2010), Bra Kast (2005) and Vaniljesaus (2001). The two last ones are released on Grappa’s folk music label Heilo. Langt ute is a follow-up to the album Bra Kast which won a Norwegian Folk Music Award in 2005 for best album in the open/experimental class. Bra Kast featured traditional tunes from all over Rogaland, while Langt Ute concentrates chiefly on the Bjerkreim tradition.

Geitungen concists of:
Vidar Skrede on hardanger fiddle, fiddle and guitars. He is a freelance musician and a member of numerous Nordic bands, like The Secret Carpet Club, AAMOS, and Vidar Skrede DYNAMO BAND. He has a master’s degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.
Christer Rossebø plays fiddle, mandolin, mandola and guitar. A freelance musician, known from bands like Bergen Mandolin Band, and Earlybird Stringband. Christer is a candidate in folk music performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
Håvard Ims plays melodeons. He is a former Norwegian champion on the instrument.

Selected track from Geitungen’s CDs:

Langt ute (Grappa/Heilo -2010)

Bra kast (Grappa/Heilo -2005)