Master of the Jamtlandic Old-time
Ville Roempke is a musician, writer, lecturer and radio producer
living in Östersund, Jamtland (Sweden).
Ville Roempke plays music in the tradition from Lapp-Nils, Nils
Jonsson (1804-1870), the most famous and distinguished folk fiddler in
the province. Ville Roempke has studied the Lapp-Nilsí Music for 30 years.
He has learned this style from five fiddlers from Offerdal and Hotagen,
all born at the end of the nineteenth century. More
Ville Roempke began to study Jamtlandic old-time playing
style some thirty years ago when he first heard and recorded a couple of
good old fiddlers born on the last decades of the nineteenth century. The
music characterizes in light bowing and lively rhythm, different tunings,
triplets in the polska-melodies and the use of an old-fashioned way to
intonate certain notes in the scale.
[Listen to some of this in
"Gammal jämtländsk brudmarsch"
Ville Roempke finds the Jamtlandic old-time playing style very
interesting and it has brought him into the willow flute with its natural
Ville Roempke has created hundreds of tape recordings,
articles and radio programs. He also has written books and recorded albums.
Some of those you will find below: