took place in Österbybruk 16-17 June 1990. Österby Folkdanslag arranged the competitions. Gunnar Ahlbäck and Anders Söderberg - two of the men who initiated the nyckelharpa stämma back in 1975 decided that it was time to start a competition for nyckelharpa players.
It was Gunnar Fredelius´ idea to name it "the World Championships". He was inspired by the fact that Eric Sahlström was often called the World Champion. It was thought the competition would promote the instrument as well as the men and women who participated. The name would also point out that even if it originally was played only in this small part of the world; it is now being played in several countries in all continents.
Members of the Jury were Chairman Gunnar Ahlbäck, Anton Jernberg, Professor Jan Ling, Sigurd Sahlström and Curt Tallroth.
There was a very high quality in the starting field.
On modern nyckelharpa: Ditte Andersson, Ragnar Berglund ,Rickard Bernström , Hasse Gille, Peter "Puma" Hedlund , Ola Hertzberg, Esbjörn Hogmark; Sture Hogmark , Olov Johansson , Kurt Södergren and Roland Thalén.
On "gammelharpa" : Arne Bergman, Björn Björn, Catarina Björn,Hasse Gille Hasse, Peter "Puma" Hedlund , Olov Johansson, Ingvar Jörpeland, Kjell Landströml, Anders Nordfors and Kurt Södergren.,
A couple of them participated in both classes.
Olov Johansson, born 1966 in Tärnsjö, Uppland,
has played nyckelharpa since the age of 13. For most of us he was unknown
up to this point. He knocked the jury as well as the audience of their
feet. He won in both classes. That is something no one has ever been able
Olov and his teacher Curt Tallroth. Photo Gunnar Fredelius
Jury: Gunnar Ahlbäck, Sigurd Sahlström, Anders Liljefors and Curt Tallroth.
Modern nyckelharpa: Leif Alpsjö , Ditte Andersson, RagnarBerglund, Peter "Puma" Hedlund, Ola Hertzberg, Esbjörn Hogmark, Sture Hogmark, Jane Lindqvist, Anders Mattsson, Niklas Roswall.
Hasse Gille was announced the champion in the Gammelharpklassen while Peter Puma Hedlund became the "modern" nyckelharpa champion
Anders Mattsson got the most votes as "the favourite"
Anders Mattsson receives his prize handed over by Gunnar Fredelius. Photo: Per-Ulf Allmo
Photos: Per Ulf Allmo - taken from a the magazine Nyckelposten...
The gammelharpa class
Kjell Landström, Styrbjörn Bergelt,
.Esbjörn Hogmark and Curt Jinder - sorry no pictures from this occasion
Per Furå, Lena Jörpeland. Bengt Andersson, Ingvar Jörpeland.Modern class
Bo Lindström, Nicklas Rosvall, Sture Hogmark , Ola Hertzberg, Peter Puma Hedlund, Ditte Andersson and Anders Mattsson
Anders said "I´ve been in the army. I have had wisdom teeth drawn out, I´ve gotten married - and then I get into this kind of thing" and then he began to play.
Then Per Furå (above) came back, now to play modern harpa. And so did Esbjörn Hogmark
Jury: Nisse Nordström, Curt Tallroth, Ole Hjort, Gunnar Ahlbäck and Gunnar FredeliusThe audience's favourite
Anders Mattson became a second-time winner of the title and thereby the
winner of a Zither. We should have asked Gottfrid Johanssons Music Shop
for another prize this year - just in case...
The winner in the old harpa class, the gammelharpa class , was Lena Jörpeland. She had left the day before, but wisely she had asked the singer Eva Tjörnebo to be her stand-in, in case she would win. So Eva received the prizes and sang the "winners tune" for an enthusiastic audience.
The jury fully agreed with the audience and gave the title in the modern class to Anders Mattsson. He played his "winners tune" with his daughter clinging to his leg.
Jury: Nisse Nordström, Curt Tallroth, Ole Hjort, Gunnar Ahlbäck and Gunnar Fredelius
Congratulations to Anders and Lena!