Polkett från Hammerdal
This Polkett från Hammerdal is another tune that I never learned a more definite title for. I learned it from a fiddler, Per Persson, who at the time was living in Värmland, though born in Hammerdal, in Jämtland. He said this tune is one his father played.
A polkett is just what the name implies, a “little polka”. The dance is lighter than the fast polkas that we associate with the name, and the steps are smaller. The walking/turning dance called snoa is often danced to a polkett.
To the left is a photo of Per Persson, better known by the nickname “Pelle”. Among my Swedish-speaking fiddle friends, we call the tune “Pelles Polkett”. Among my English-speaking friends, it is “Pete’s Polka”.