Dirty Linen - p.52
"The album is full of beautiful folk melodies and some truly gorgeous playing by the quartet, and the three songs that include vocals each contain beautiful, poetic lyrics sung in Norwegian and English."
Personnel: Annbjorg Lien (fiddle, hardanger fiddle); Bruce Molsky (vocals, guitar, fiddle, hardanger fiddle); Kirsten Braten Berg (vocals, zither); Mikael Marin (viola); Christine Hanson (cello).
Recording information: Kongshavn Studios, Kristiansand, Norway (2007).
Arrangers: Mikael Marin; Annbjorg Lien; Christine Hanson; Bruce Molsky.
Known equally for bringing the traditions of Nordic fiddling to international attention and for breaking said traditions, Annbjorg Lien has always been a polarizing figure on the Norwegian music scene. WALTZ WITH ME finds Lien in a typically iconoclastic mood, lending her melancholic, careening style to everything from the stately waltz of "Mother and Son" to the Indian music-esque trills of the eerie "Masques."