New Pioneer PBS documentary on the Hardanger fiddle to premiere Jan 16 at the Norway House
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Download a event flyer of the Devil's Instrument.

Download an event flyer of The Devil's Instrument.

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- The Devil’s Instrument is a new documentary by Pioneer PBS producer Dana Conroy with videography by Ben Dempcy and Kristofor Gieske captured during a 10-day trip to Norway in August 2019. Edited by Kevin Russell, the documentary explores the history, lore, craft and haunting music of the Hardanger fiddle and the dances that accompany it as they are practiced in present day Norway. Two opportunities to view a world premiere of the documentary will be held on Thursday, January 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Norway House at 913 East Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. The 6:30 p.m. screening event is sold out. To RSVP for the 4 p.m. screening please email yourtv@pioneer.org. The event is free.

“The Devil’s Instrument” was the name given to the fiddle by religious leaders who thought there was no place in the church for such an instrument since it was used for weddings, dances and gatherings where alcohol and merriment ensued. The documentary interviews woodworkers who make the fiddle, the musicians who play it and the dancers who spin to it against the backdrop of the gorgeous Norwegian landscape.

The broadcast premiere of The Devil’s Instrument will be on Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. on Pioneer PBS — now streaming on YouTube TV.


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