Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Leonard Finseth- A fiddler 30 miles from the border with many Minnesota connections
He had several fiddling friends who he visited frequently and shared tunes with, among them being legendary Minnesota fiddlers Harold Sorenson and Edwin Johnson. In his archives there are reel recordings of him playing with various fiddlers in the Spring Grove, MN area.
His penchant for recording himself, his uncle, and his friends has led to a treasure trove of recordings that are packed away in his archives. He also recorded two commercial LP's. We can enjoy a few of his songs off one of his out-of-print records- The Hills of Old Wisconsin. Thirty miles away those same hills are known as Bluff Country, Minnesota.
Charles Johnson's Polka
Johnson was a neighbor. Leonard's uncle Ed played this tune.
Fred Nelson's Jig
Fred lived by Leonard and learned tunes from Irish fiddlers.
This one comes from Leonard's home recordings.