They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.
‘Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff’ – Martin Simpson
Olav Luksengård Mjelva comes from Røros in the Sør- Trøndelag region of Norway.
He began playing the fiddle aged seven, and some years later started playing the Hardanger fiddle. He is a founding member of the Norwegian – Swedish ensemble SVER, and also of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, a trio specialising in Norwegian, Swedish and Shetland fiddle music. He has received several awards playing alongside Swedish Nyckelharpa player Erik Rydvall.
He has also written music for several documentaries, short movies and theatre projects.
In 2010 Olav received the prestigious Spelemannprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy award, for his debut solo album, and in 2011 he received the prize as part of the Unni Boksasp Ensemble. In 2013 he was also awarded the title of Norway’s folk musician of the year.
Olav is highly sought after as a studio musician and has played on over 40 releases.
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