This weeks photo dates from 1915 and shows Scottish soldiers celebrating New Years Day at the entrance to their billet hut, France, during World War I. With their leather football, bagpipes, beer kegs, wine bottles, brazier and drum, this group of Scots soldiers appear to be enjoying the festivities.
Unfortunately I have no pictures of Scottish national costumes or bagpipes but I have pictures of fiddlers ( pelimannit ) and dances enjoying and celebrating Midsummer.
Tuntemattomia pelimanneja Hämeestä 1900 luvun alussa.
Unknown fiddlers from Tavastland, Southern Finland early 1900.
Lauritsalan naisten tanhuryhmä 1900-luvun alussa.
Women's folk dance group from Lauritsala, South Karelia early 1900.
Osa Kaustisen Purpuripelimanneja jammailemassa kesäisissä sukujuhlissa joskus 40-luvulla.
Edessä Elias Kentala, Järvelän pelimanneja oikealla (?).
Early in the 20th century, the region of Kaustinen became a center of innovation for pelimanni music. In this picture some members of the famous of Purpuripelimannit - Kaustinen Potpourri Players
Pelimanni music is the Finnish version of the Nordic folk dance music. Pelimanni music was generally played on the fiddle and clarinet. Later, the harmonium and various types of accordions were also used. Common dances in the pelimanni traditions include the polska, polka, mazurka, scottische, waltz and minuet.
Kotikylän pelimanneja lavatansseissa 40-luvulla.
A small Pelimanni-group from my home village about 1947.
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