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Album Review

The first album that Annbjorg Lien released after her attention-getting appearance on The Sweet Sunny North is a virtuoso performance from start to finish. Norwegian fiddling is less fast and flashy than Celtic or Appalachian styles, concentrating on delicate nunaces of tone rather than lightning-fast runs, and Annbjorg pulled out a set of beautiful and meditative pieces for this release. Her original compositions are arrestingly lovely, with the sleepy sounding title track sounding a bit like a Scottish lament played by a playful and creative pair of musicians. Elsewhere she plays solemn traditional hymns and sprightly folk tunes with vaguely Eastern European sounding time changes. The standout track is "The Plucked Halling," a musical tribute to a virtuoso fiddler who was renowned for his mastery of technically challenging tunes. This track quite appropriately strings together over a dozen different melodies in quick succession, and does it with a stately grace that is amazing to hear. Felefeber was a splendid breakout album, and a perfectly balanced and expertly played work that arrived just when it would be most noticed.

Biography

Born: 1971 in Alesund, Norway

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The traditional fiddle styles of Norway have been brought up to date by Annbjørg Lien. Although she initially balanced classical and Norwegian folk music, Lien has attracted global attention since deciding to concentrate on the musical traditions of Norway. According to Folk on Tap, Lien is gifted with a "sparkling style of playing and the rich tones of her hardanger and keyed fiddles, combined with her ability to write catching melodies." While she's garnered acclaim for her solo performances...
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