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Swedish Grammy winners bring strings to Vail

Taylor L. Roozen
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe women in the band Abalone Dots, who play at Vail's Sandbar Thursday, all grew up in Vastervik, Sweden, but didn't come together as a four piece until 2004.

VAIL, Colorado –Specks of abalone often decorate the necks of acoustic instruments – fiddles, cellos, basses and guitars.

So its fitting that the four-piece string band from Sweden, the Abalone Dots, who plays in Vail, Colorado Thursday, has been named after this decoration, which identifies it with acoustic music.

The group plays Thursday at the Sandbar in Vail. Local band Third Wind will kick it off at 10 p.m. The Dots will come on at 11 p.m.

This year the band has reached a landmark, winning a Swedish Grammy in January, said Elin Mork, fiddlist and vocalist for the band. This was the second year that the band has been nominated for a Grammy, she said.

Humbled by its first experience, Mork said the band was probably the happiest group to win a Grammy its second time around. And while it will be a bonus if the award brings in more world renown to the Abalone Dots, she said the band doesn’t have any expectations.

“If other people believe in you enough to get a Grammy, then you believe in yourself, you want to keep on going,” she said, “It’s not a bad thing to win a Grammy.”

The band added their final member, Louise Holmer, in 2004 after she sat in at a competition that Mork could not attend, Mork said. The group won the competition, and Holmer has played bass with the Dots ever since, she said.

Half of the band grew up largely on bluegrass music, while the other half listened to Swedish folk music, Mork said. She said they are also influenced by English folk music, and artists like Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss.

The Abalone Dots’ show harbors a cozy atmosphere, Mork said, even if it is a new sound for people.

“It’s not always easy to recognize how you look to your audience, but a lot of strangers come up to us after shows and instantly hug us. So I feel like people feel close to us quite fast,” she said.

The Abalone Dots are fairly fresh to the American music scene. The band first played in the states last year in March, and returned again this spring to play in the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, stopping also in Nashville and New York, Mork said.

The Dots’ show at the Sandbar is a part of their first driving tour in the states, which started at the Snowbird Mountain Music Festival in Utah, she said. The tour will take the Dots up and down California, all around Colorado and up into Oregon for one show.

For more information on the Abalone Dots, or to listen to some of their music, visit http://www.myspace.com/abalonedotsmusic.

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