Listen to New Voices on Studs Terkel our partnership with 826CHI-here! Read the Story

00 / 00

Erik Bye discusses the history of Norwegian immigration to America in the 19th century and his work as a television journalist and singer

BROADCAST: Aug. 18, 1975 | DURATION: 00:33:27


Studs interviews Erik Bye about Norwegian immigration to America and his music. They discuss the reasons why people left Norway in the 19th century and the conditions they suffered when they settled in New York. Bye explains Norwegian history and why the Norwegians moved from the American east coast to the west. Studs notes that Bye is in Chicago to gather information to produce a Norwegian television documentary about early Norwegian immigrants. Bye shares his interpretations of some of his songs and explains Norwegian music. He elaborates on the Hardanga fiddle instrument and the artists who played it. Bye discusses the upcoming Norwegian celebration in Chicago for which their King will visit. The musical numbers are removed from this edited version of the original recording.