Gellin & Borgstrøm 1930
Most of the year was spent touring Europe, and in June they went to Iceland, where they had booked a 25 concert tour. Between tours they managed to record several pieces.
They actually made two trips to Iceland; 1930 (25 Concert tour) and in 1934 with Osvald Helmuth.
Dr Gunni, aka Gunnar Lárus Hjálmarsson, well known musician and writer in
Iceland, wrote a book called 'Blue Eyed Pop' -- about the history of popular music
Through the generosity of Dr. Gunni, I have obtained numerous recordings of G & B
some of which I had the listing, but not the soundfile. Others, which were a complete
surprise to me, as they had not appeared in database I had researched.
In the first chapter he offers some pictures and description
of the two tours that Gellin & Borgstrøm made in Iceland 1930, 1934.
Here are a few samples from the book:
Foreign accordion virtuosos held concerts in
First violin player Þórarinn Guðmundsson wrote in Morgunbladid, rather sullenly, that the people would flock to see Gellin and Borgström play their "disgusting and art-less instruments ever to have been invented" while only few came to see Peder Möller play the "queen of instruments", the violin.
Later "regular people" wrote back taking the accordion's side and telling Þórarinn off for his snobbery.
Dr Gunni har bidraget det følgende:
Første violin spiller Þórarinn Guðmundsson skrev i Morgunbladid, snarere tvært, at folk ville flokkes for at se Gellin og Borgström spille deres "ulækkert og kunst-mindre instrumenter nogensinde at have været opfundet", mens kun få kom til at se Peder Möller spille "dronningen af instrumenter ", violin.Senere "almindelige mennesker", skrev tilbage at tage harmonika side og fortæller Þórarinn off for hans snobberi.
Landssimastod - is a a rest stop/hotel 50km outside of Reykjavik called Thrastarlundur.
Landssimastod - er et rest stop/hotel 50 km udenfor Reykjavik kaldet Thtastarlundur