Recordings from the Estonian Folklore Archives 3

Jaak Kõdar

Psaltery player Jaak Kõdar in 1961. Photo by H. Tampere. ERA, Foto 5798.

At the time these recordings were made in 1961 Jaak Kõdar (1888–1976) lived at Tedremäe farm in the community of Abja in the Halliste Parish where he had just recently moved to from the Karksi Parish. He played the psaltery using the old-fashioned method of covering the strings. His instrument had a strong sound and his playing was lively. Twenty three psaltery pieces were recorded from him. He also played in the Abja village ensemble which was recorded on the same 1961 expedition.

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