Hello friends! I am currently trying to raise some money to help me buy a Nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish folk instrument. I have dreams of creating a music project combining Scandinavian and American folk music, which I cannot fully pursue until I have access to some Scandinavian instruments.
The Nyckelharpa is a bowed instrument with 4 main strings and 12 resonating strings. It is keyed, meaning there are keys that the left hand presses which fret the main strings from the side (instead of pressing down on the string with the fingers of the left hand, like a violin). It is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound, and I have wanted to play one since seeing the band Väsen when I was 14. Please look them up, even if you don't donate - they are amazing.
Since visiting Iceland this summer, my interest in Scandinavian folk music has progressed to an obsession. I am learning Norwegian - jeg snakker litt Norsk - and plan to move across the Atlantic to learn more about the roots of Scandinavian fiddle culture sometime within the next few years.
I want to create a music project combining the music I love. I think that the banjo and the Nyckelharpa belong in a band together, and I fully intend to make that happen. Any donation towards that end will be greatly appreciated, and I will be eternally grateful.
I have an instrument picked out - a Nyckelharpa made by a luthier in Wisconsin (Earl Holzman, of Holzman Folk Traditions).
For some examples of my musical-ness, and to prove that I don't want this instrument to hang on my wall, here are some links to videos of me playing the fiddle.
I am the small one with short hair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwSJw-PI1po http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oxzpokF88w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfdA4Ho4WSA