The trio Geitungen presents tunes that were once popular with party-goers in the hinterland of Rogaland county, tunes that were dance-floor favourites – the hits of yesteryear. Geitungen play the tunes in the rhythmic fashion that they were played then and there. The three musicians’ fiddles, melodeon, mandolin, hardanger fiddle, mandola and guitars combine to colour the soundboard. The expression is straightforward and the music ranges from cosy, warm mazurka to hotheaded hopsars and plaintive waltzes, sometimes with elements of more contemporary popular music styles in the arrangements. With their capricious and compelling playing, Geitungen take you back, far out to the poorly lit dance floors of the more festive parts of rural Rogaland.
Geitungen has released three albums so far, Langt Ute (2010), Bra Kast (2005) and Vaniljesaus (2001). The two last ones are released on Grappa’s folk music label Heilo. Langt ute is a follow-up to the album Bra Kast which won a Norwegian Folk Music Award in 2005 for best album in the open/experimental class. Bra Kast featured traditional tunes from all over Rogaland, while Langt Ute concentrates chiefly on the Bjerkreim tradition.
Geitungen consists of:
Vidar Skrede on hardanger fiddle, fiddle and guitars. He is a freelance musician and a member of numerous Nordic bands, like The Great Norwegian Guitar Quartet, NOMAS, The Secret Carpet Club, FantAAAAAFente, Aamos, Stimenn, and Vidar Skrede Dynamo Band. He has a master’s degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal School of Music in Stockholm.
Christer Rossebø plays fiddle, mandolin, mandola and guitar on the album. A freelance musician, known from bands like Bergen Mandolin Band, Earlybird Stringband, FantAAAAAFente and Filibuster, Christer is a candidate in folk music performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
Håvard Ims plays melodeons on the album. He is a former Norwegian champion on the instrument.
These three guys met as teenagers and have been playing together since 1997, which makes Geitungen a band over 10 years old, and one of the oldest Norwegian folk music bands existing of to day. Together they have been playing for dancing, concerts and tours in several countries, and on festivals like Nordsjøfestivalen in Farsund, Skandinavisk folketone, Hilmarfestivalen, Jørn Hilme-stemnet, Riddu Riððu, Den norske folkemusikkveka, Folkekulturfestivalen, Vikedal Roots Music Festival and Shetland Folk Festival. They also have been seen and heard in TV and radio in several countries, and had live concert at Studio 19 on NRK's (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) radio.
Geitungen is in the front line of Norwegian folk musicians inspired by their time of to day and the tradition. They represent a living expression and offer the tradition a fresh breath straight into the ear.