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Swedish Fiddlers

Ivares Pojkarna (Ivares Boys) are a family of American Swedish folk fiddlers originated from Ivares Edvin Johnsson’s immigration to Minnesota in 1924. Edvin brought with him his love for Sweden and the music of Rättvik, his home town. Ivares Pojkarna now carry on the music in the same style Edvin played as a young man, traditional dance polska, vals and ganglat walking tunes. Edvin’s son, Bruce Johnson, grandson, Paul Dahlin, and great grandson, Daniel Dahlin, make up Ivares Pojkarna. Although they were born and raised in America, thanks to Edvin, these boys play true Rättvik folk fiddle.


Ivares Pojkarna perform traditional Swedish folk fiddle in the footsteps of their father and grandfather, Ivares Edvin Johnsson. Sprung from his love of fiddling and a bygone style known as "Knackning," used in tandem with harmony and melody to knock out the beat and make it easier for fiddlers to play for dance, Ivares Pojkarna perpetuate their emigrant musical heritage with a special sound and depth. This music is an act of love which might not have been if, in 1910, Ivares Edvin's grandmother did not set a bed for him in the hay, so he may listen to a midsummer's dance. In the crispness of their notes, one experiences the ache and beauty of a foregone homeland and the tradition of immigrant musicians.


Ivares Edvin Johnsson on right with his fiddle partner Hed Jon Eriksson. This photo taken in Röjeråsen in 1922 just before leaving on their first paid fiddle gig. Note the flat bridge on Edvin’s fiddle, it was for playing the old style chording type second called Knackning.