lauantai 5. tammikuuta 2013

Merry Fiddlers

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.
Isäni vasemmalla.
A small Pelimanni-group from my home village about 1947.
My father on the left.

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8 kommenttia:

  1. What a cheerful post to start out the New Year. I can almost hear the accordions playing.

  2. A great post, I almost thought I was reading one of Mike B's monumental musical instrument posts for a while. It is a vintage Sepia Saturday this week and this is part of what makes it so.

  3. What a fun collection of photos! My daughter has a collection of international dolls, and the one from Finland looks exactly like the girls in the folk dance group.

  4. I enjoyed the pictures and music. Celebrating midsummer about now sounds like a good idea.

  5. Thank you for the informative education. It's always so interesting to learn things about other peoples and countries.

    I especially like the fellow amidst the children!

  6. You must have grown up around this wonderful music. Did you learn to play an instrument like your father?

  7. A super collection of musicians! I have found similar photos of fiddle bands that come from the mid-west and I'm sure that they are immigrants from Finland, Norway, Sweden. Their dance music and folk songs were important contributions for American music culture. Recently I acquired some photos of Finnish/American bandsmen and learned that there were many Finnish music societies in the US. I just have to wait for the right prompt to write their story.

  8. Loved the photos, especially the old costumes and the pictures of the fiddlers and accordion players. The large group photograph with young children is especially fun.