10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
Almost every nation has a day of national celebration such as America’s July 4 commemoration of the Declaration of Independence and France’s July 14 Bastille Day, marking the end of the l’ancien regime. May 17 is Norway’s national day, known as Constitution Day. It marks both the country’s declaration of independence on May 17, 1814 and the triumph of constitutional government. Although Norway enjoyed 400 years as a self-governing and independent realm prior to 1319, there followed unions with Sweden and Denmark in which Norway was the lesser entity. Despite a loose union with Sweden in the early 1800s, Norway’s desire for freedom dominated and the popular-elected Assembly drafted a constitution which it adopted in May 1814, essentially re-establishing Norway as an independent realm.
To mark this holiday, we offer a selection of traditional and contemporary folk music from Norway, much of it to be found on the NorthSide record label from Minneapolis, Minn. NorthSide licenses recordings from Scandinavia and issues them in the U.S. The label, which has recently run into financial problems, remains the leading purveyor of Scandinavian music in America (www.noside.com)
My thanks to Dr. C. Grant Roti of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT who assisted with research and provided a host of lutefisk humor to sprinkle throughout the program.