The American Cafe Orchestra: The Early Years

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  • Ruthie Dornfeld -fiddle

  • Morten Alfred Høirup -guitar

  • Anders Hofset -bass

  • with guests:
  • Pelle Lindström -harmonica, percussion, vocal
  • Peter Gorm Sørensen -fiddle
  • Hans Leonardo Pedersen -saxophone

Ruthie and Danish guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup formed The American Cafe Orchestra in 1987 along with Norwegian bassist Anders Hofset. Dornfeld's fluid style is backed by the floating European swing of Høirup and Hofset in an eclectic mix of American, Scandinavian, and Celtic fiddle tunes. The Early Years combines their first two recordings, American Cafe Orchestra and Somewhere in Sweden.

  1. Dailey's Reel/Golden Wedding/The Reconciliation (mp3)
  2. Scottische from Lima
  3. Doc Harris' Hornpipe
  4. Dark Island
  5. Highlander's Farewell/Waiting for Nancy/Kalotaszegi Legenyes
  6. McFadden's Favorite/Blackberry Blossom
  7. Holev Vals
  8. Opera Reel/Sean Frank's
  9. Festival Waltz
  10. Big Scioty/Come Along Jody
  11. Alsarby Polska
  12. Beatrice
  13. Assim e o Maxixe
  14. Verret's/Newlywed's/Reel du Voyageur/Miss Shepard's
  15. San Rafael
  16. Sally Ann
Sheer vibrancy...bubbling with life!
-Martin O'Connor, Irish Accordionist Extraordinaire
Musik for kropp och själ!
-Maria Kalaniemi, Accordion Queen of Finland
Check out this swinging stuff!
-Matt Glaser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
Kraft und Energy
-Jo Meyer, DeutschlandRadio Berlin