The Devil's Instrument

The Devil's Instrument

The Devil's Instrument

Special | 26m 46s

Explore the history, lore, craft and haunting music of the eight-string fiddle

Religious leaders in the 19th century called the fiddle “The Devil's Instrument,” since it was often played at weddings, dances and gatherings where food, drink and merriment ensued. It continues to play a role in Norwegian culture today. Discover the woodworkers who carry on the fiddle-making tradition, the passionate musicians who play the instrument, and the dancers who spin to its tunes.

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