Campkonsert – Feleboga/Paul Kirby

Feleboga plays and sings old-time music from the Appalachian mountains – haunting and archaic songs about the hard life in the mountains and mines, old ballads, shape note hymns, and toe-tapping fiddle tunes.

Feleboga/Paul Kirby will perform at Wednesday 6th of July at 19:15 pm.

Elizabeth Gaver – fiddle, dulcimer & vocals
Paul Kirby – banjo & vocals
Hans-Hinrich Thedens – guitar & vocals

From spring 2020 until summer 2021, our living room in Oslo was filled with songs, tunes, dances, and lots of coffee shared with a few good friends. We delved into old source recordings as well as playing tunes we learned from friends and at festivals. Some of the fiddle tunes we played had a few words to them, which inspired Paul to add more verses.

Paul Kirby has played guitar and banjo since he was a teenager on his parents’ farm in central Illinois. After years of classical music studies in the US and a performing career across Europe, he returned to the music of his youth: fiddle tunes and songs of Appalachia. With Feleboga, Paul builds on the storytelling traditions in old-time music by adding new verses to fiddle tunes and songs. While an avid student of old-time banjo playing styles and repertoire he maintains his professional life as classical singer, currently performing in opera and concerts in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Scandinavia.

Elizabeth Gaver is especially drawn to the fiddle tradition of Kentucky where her mother’s family lives and has learned from local fiddlers as well as used archive recordings to explore tunes and playing styles. Elizabeth has studied mountain dulcimer with Don Pedi, a master of both the oldest playing traditions of the dulcimer and of Tai Chi. She sings mountain ballads she learned at workshops with Sheila Kay Adams. Elizabeth also plays hardingfele and has degrees in viola performance and historical performance practice, performing with leading ensembles on baroque violin and medieval fiddles.

Hans-Hinrich Thedens started to play traditional music on guitar and fiddle as a teenager in rural Germany. He played in an Irish/British isles band in high school and was the fiddler in the country band, Oklahoma Lone Star Heartbreak Institute, based in Hamburg. His university studies in ethnomusicology led him to Norway where he works at the National Library running the Folk Music Archive. On sabbatical in Johnson City, TN in 2004, Hans-Hinrich took up the banjo and Elizabeth started playing old-time fiddle. Together with their son Mattias, they have returned to the Appalachian region almost every summer to continue to play music with friends, learn from local musicians and take part in fiddlers’ conventions.