October 04, 2009

Abalone Dots


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photo by Donald Kinney

If you knew me better, you would know that pretty ladies totally slay me.   It's terrible -- they bowl me over, knock me up-side the head, and can turn me into a tongue-tied blithering idiot with just one glance.   But that's just for regular pretty ladies -- the ones with genuine talent absolutely nuke me!

On Saturday at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival I thoroughly enjoyed four young lovelies from Sweden who go by the curious name of Abalone Dots.   God, they were good. Amen...

Pictured above is Elin Mörk -- vocals, violin, and viola.   I think she is a most beautiful and talented woman.   She is also the leader of the group.   An absolute knockout!   Bam...



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The Abalone Dots' music seems to be a curious blend between Bluegrass and what I think must be old Swedish folk songs.   It's a tight group and they can definitely tear it up.   They managed to put a smile on everybody's faces!

Above is Rebekah Hjukström -- vocals, guitar, banjo, and dobro.



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On mandolin, cello, and keyed fiddle was Sophia Hogman, and this lady was definitely all business.



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Louise Holmer appeared to be the youngest member of the group -- vocals, bass, and piano.

I have a soft spot in my heart for stand-up string-bass players.   Although my brother died in the early 70's his primary instrument was the string-bass and he played professionally in various jazz bands and trios.


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4 comments:

Tomate Farcie said...

Oh, were you there, too? Good for you! I thought you'd find a great deal of photo ops. Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

AphotoAday said...

HI TOMATE FARCIE -- Yeah, I could and should have stayed longer (only was there two or three hours) but I actually hadn't even planned on going -- so a chair or even a blanket to sit on would have been nice... The little "Porch" stage was the only one that I could get up really close to ("Sir, you can't stand there")...

SamB_UK said...

I really like Abalone Dots. I only recently discovered them when they were announced to be playing in Sweden's Melodifestivalen. Elin's left the band, so I wonder how that will affect their sound now - I know that they're going to be doing some new material in Swedish for one thing!

I profiled them earlier this week on my blog: http://fromanothercountry.blogspot.com/2011/12/artist-profile-abalone-dots-sweden.html

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