Hege Rimestad: White Arrow (CD, 43:37); NSD6014, 1998 North Side Digital 530 North Third Street, Suite 230 Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA Ph: 612-375-0233, Fax: 612-359-9580 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyberhome: http://www.noside.com/ Hege Rimestad makes her solo debut as one very capable fiddler. The arrangements and production are lively, engaging and polished. Her traditional and novel music stylings cover native Norway, the Shetland Islands, India, Iraq, and various modal scales. There is no room for boredom here along the "Oh, just another one of those Celtic releases" lines. Rimestad dances around the globe with inspirational and free-spirited ease. She is backed by electric and acoustic instruments and voice. One track, "Rolling Mist" is eerie solo fiddle. Rimestad is from, Sami singer, Mari Boine's band. Mari and the band make their talented presence known here. "Dreaming of Baghdad" is 4:54 of Rimestad doing the world-fusion thing and very well I must say. "Permafrost" reminded me of Steve Kindler's work from Automatic Writing. Rimestad goes deep for a pass into the New Age/ ambient territory on "Kepler/ Tonal Gravity" with echo delays and voice by Elin Ødegaard. And yes, we do a bit of the Mark Wood/ Hendrixian thing on "Towing the Darkness" and a slow, jazzy yet traditional outro with "Yearning Home". For fans of fiddle, world music, and yes, Celtic too, Rimestad will fully satisfy and surprise. "Do you smell rosin?" ~ John W. Patterson
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