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Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site

Tootler 23 Oct 09 - 03:18 PM
Ernest 23 Oct 09 - 04:25 PM
Jack Campin 23 Oct 09 - 06:51 PM
bfdk 24 Oct 09 - 04:04 AM
Jack Campin 24 Oct 09 - 06:41 AM
John MacKenzie 24 Oct 09 - 06:49 AM
bfdk 24 Oct 09 - 07:15 AM
bfdk 24 Oct 09 - 09:23 AM
open mike 24 Oct 09 - 01:31 PM
Tootler 24 Oct 09 - 03:24 PM
Jack Campin 24 Oct 09 - 03:47 PM
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Subject: Review: Scandinavian Folk Tunes Site
From: Tootler
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 03:18 PM

If you like Scandinavian Folk Tunes, this is a great site.

There is an English page of explanation and a search page in English. There is a goodly number of mp3's, many played by the house band at dances so you get a proper feel for style and tempo.

Now to engineer an excuse to be in Copenhagen some Wednesday evening :-)


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: Ernest
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 04:25 PM

Thanks, Tootler, nice site!

Even contained a piece played by Tailteann , tune named Rumlekvadrillen!

Visiting our danish mudcatter bfdk should be good enough as an excuse...

Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 06:51 PM

That site used to be part of the Folketshus in the Christiania commune, which was shut down by a massive invasion of armed police a few years ago and handed over by the state to some right-wing Christian sect. They did well to save the website and some of their activities, but the episode put me off ever wanting to go anywhere near Denmark. It seems to be controlled by people like the most smallminded and xenophobic elements in English Toryism.


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: bfdk
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 04:04 AM

It's a great site, I've linked to it before.

Jack, you're getting two different things mixed up there, please get your facts straight before you pronounce sentence on an entire country.

About Christiania (it's still there, btw).

As for the building that 'was handed over to some right-wing Christian sect', you must be thinking of Ungdomshuset. This was a derelict building owned by the municipality of Copenhagen, in which a group of very left-wing young people had been squatting for a good while, using it as a base for making, at times, violent demonstrations around town peppered with the odd raid on a few shops, setting fire to cars etc. I'm sure most people in their favourite areas of rampage were quite happy to see them go. The municipality's decision to sell (it was SOLD for big bucks, not just given) the building to a sect like 'Faderhuset', on the other hand, was a daft decision which escalated the controversy. As you will see from the link, the young people have since been given another building.

Morale: If you shout loud enough and burn enough cars and shops, you get given a house.. I guess I'm too old and xenophobic to see the value of that!

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: Jack Campin
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 06:41 AM

Folketshus was based in that building. The spillefolk site used to be named accordingly, part of the same domain. I first heard about that site several years ago, and no sooner had I heard about it than the state's actions disrupted it. Took me a while to figure out where it had gone, and the disruption was the only reason I ever got to hear about the takeover of the building.

So, maintaining a folk music archive was one of the anti-social activities on your list.

I can't imagine how a festival like Tonder (not the most internationist one around, but not that parochial either) manages to keep going in a country where so many people are hostile to the rest of Europe - popular votes on EU-related issues have been consistently more xenophobic even than in England.


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 06:49 AM

Perhaps Jack, they don't want to be swamped in the flood of Eurotrash. While other nations join the Gadarene rush to become part of a bureaucracy and graft ridden Brussels gravy train. It is nice to see a bit of individuality.
It is also good to see the people being given a say in the first place, which is more than we got in this country. In spite of empty promises by the present administration.
JM


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: bfdk
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 07:15 AM

Er... what on earth does a folk music homepage has to do with whether or not we vote for the EU?

Jack, you're trashing a country in which, by your own admission, *one* episode (which you got wrong in the first place, as I just showed you) 'put me off ever wanting to go anywhere near Denmark'. I assume that means you've never visited this country?

Gosh, it's reassuring to know you know exactly what you're talking about!


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: bfdk
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 09:23 AM

'Folketshus was based in that building.' Folkets hus, which maintains the website referred to in the first post of the thread, list their address as Stengade 50. See map.

Ungdomshuset, which was 'handed over by the state to some right-wing Christian sect' was at Jagtvej 69. See map.

Please notice the big cemetery Assistens Kirkegård in between the two locations. One heck of a big building, don't you think?


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: open mike
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 01:31 PM

I am glad to hear that Christiania is still there.
When i visited a few years ago it had just undergone
some drug raids, which i had heard had eventually
closed the place and had every one evicted.

I went there 30 years ago and have known people
who lived there. It had been a military barracks
and became home to many creative people who had
what was once described as an artist's colony
there. Some of the more interesxting and creative
projects there are the bike works and the stove works.

http://www.christianiabikes.dk/gml/english.htm

http://www.caso-ovne.dk/pages/intro_uk.html

also check out the Danish ministry of Culture
http://www.kum.dk/sw827.asp
and the music division of it
ttp://www.danishmusic.info/
and folk music is here:
http://www.danishmusic.info/index.php?id=1286


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: Tootler
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 03:24 PM

I post a link to what looks to me like an excellent folk music archive only to have the thread hijacked by one of Jack Campin's rants.

Jack, I suggest you confine views on the site to the music and then, only comment if you have something positive to say.


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Subject: RE: Review: Scandanavian Folk Tunes Site
From: Jack Campin
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 03:47 PM

It would be nice to hear from somebody actually involved in the Spillefolk site. It is a great resource.

I was as surprised as you were to find how politicized its existence was. I was told about it by a Swedish fiddler I used to play with, went to check it out, and kaboom - instant can of worms.


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