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Olov Johansson, Erika Lindgren Liljenstolpe and Robert Larsson - Maskin
Three masters of the craft of Swedish fiddle playing focus on the Uppland tradition. The common love for the light, swinging and yet high energy fiddle style that Viksta-Lasse, Eric Sahlström, Curt Tallroth and Bosse Larsson championed brings us a wonderful recording of Swedish strings.

Olov Johansson and Catriona McKay - The Auld Harp
Swedish nyckelharpa and Scottish harp come together in the hands of two leading players of the instruments from their respective countries. The repetoire includes traditional Scots and Swedish songs and original compositions by both players.

Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson - Foogy
They met in Stockholm 2002 to share a concert with their bands, Väsen from Sweden and Shetland based Fiddlers’ Bid. Backstage before the concert Catriona asked Olov “Do you know this one?” and played Eric Sahlström’s Spelmansglädje. Join their exploration of traditional and new music from Scotland and Sweden, the sound of Scottish harp and Swedish nyckelharpa.

Lena Willemark and Cecilia Zilliacus - Dansa
Two of Sweden's most highly respected musicians join forces for a beautiful set of songs. Classical violinist Cecilia Zilliacus, and folk and jazz musician Lena Willemark, create an album for voice and violin drawing on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Crüger, Svante Henryson, Jakob Regnart and Sven-David Sandström.

Various Swedish - Folkjul - A Swedish Folk Christmas
In Sweden the unbroken tradition of folk music has influenced both liturgical and classical music and musicians. Gunnar Idenstam, concert organist has created a program which combines traditional Christmas hymns, folk music and the sonic possibilities of a great church organ, in his own original arrangements. Idenstam is joined by folk fiddler (and baroque violinist) Lisa Rydberg as well as Sofia Karlsson and Emma Härdelin, two of Sweden's most distinctive voices in the traditions of folk music and ballads. A key role is also played by S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir,. Led by its choral director, Gary Graden, the choir has constantly extended its repertoire and forms of expression, exploring the realms of avant-garde music, jazz and, as here, folk music. The program (sung in Swedish) includes international favorites (Silent Night and Veni, veni Emanuel), Swedish traditional versions from the rich stock of the Lutheran hymn book (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) and Swedish folk tunes and newly written material in the same vein. The resulting disc demonstrates a vital interplay between 'folk culture' and 'high culture', and gives a fresh breath of life to familiar materials, presenting an entirely new view of Christmas. The disc comes in a double-folded digipak with full color booklet including liner notes and song texts in Swedish and English.

Boot - Soot
Boot is Hållbus Totte Mattsson (mandora, Baroque lute, from Hedningarna), Ola Bäckström (violin, bouzouki, well known fiddler and member of Swap) and Samuel Andersson (percussion, hurdy-gurdy, octave violin; from Hedningarna, Godrun), three well respected Swedish musicians who are familiar with tradition in a powerful new trio recording.

Ostblocket - Yes We Are A Swedish Balkan Band...
Everybody's doing it, from New York's Zlatne Uste to Japanese jazz artists.... so who not the Swedes. Östblocket join their fellow Swedes The Cerro Esperanza Band in exploring the joys of Balkan rhythms and brass, and succeed rather brilliantly. Far more often focused on authenticity than the Esperanza crew, Ostblocket offer a rollicking, hard edge brass-band sound that can compete with some of the great bands who live on the original turf. fRoots says it is 'a distinctive new mix... [and] smart stuff.'

Zephyr - October Ocean
From the review in RootsWorld: 'Görån Mansson, Jonas Simonson (from Groupa), and Richard Ekre Suzzi utilize a variety of wind instruments from Sweden and afar, such as the bamboo Bansuri flute. An all-flute trio can certainly have an ethereal sound, as the band demonstrates but Zephyr go well beyond such stereotyping and they construct compositions that indulge in world music influences. They are also a remarkably percussive group, the melodic washes are undergirded by deep tones that, combined, lend a slightly Asian air. Zephyr make a compelling and intriguing showcase for the power and universality of, and experimentation possible with, wind instruments.'

Per Gudmundson - Sakpipa
Swedish folk music played on the bagpipe. The bagpipe is not well known in Swedish folk, but Gudmundson plays a type not too uncommon in the late 19th century and early 20th. He is joined by an ensemble of vocalists (Agneta Stolpe), violin, the lira, zither and harmonica played by Magnus and Ola Bäckström, Jan Winter and Erik and Ingrid Ingels. Heady stuff, originally recorded in 1982 and quite radical at the time.

Vasen - Brewed
The Swedish acoustic juggernaut returns with a 2017 release of 15 original pieces, from the tradition but not bound to it. Olov Johansson's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) and Mikael Marin's 5-string viola are once again pushed along by the rhythm of Roger Tallroth's 12-string guitar.

Niklas Roswall - solo och med vänner
The well repsected nyckelharpa player from Sweden. He became world champion on the chromatic nyckelharpa in 1996. On this 1997 CD he plays a selection of both unusual and common tunes. Most of the tunes are from Uppland, the centre of the nyckelharpa tradition, but there are also a number of tunes from other parts of Sweden and Norway. Niklas plays both solos and duets with some of his friends: Jens Engelbrecht on the guitar, and Ola Hertzberg and Markus Svensson on the nyckelharpa. (out of print - 2 copies left)

Bragr - Danmarkar'n
A trio of strings and percussion, Bragr features Swedish guitarist and nyckelharpa player Perry Stenbäck, and two Danes - percussionist Christine Dueholm and Jesper Frost Bylling on acoustic bass. All provide vocals on some tracks. They blend tradtional music from regions in both countries, and make them personal and unique.

Nordik Tree - Contradans (Nordik Tree II)
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark return for round 2, aother brilliant collaboration for fiddles, mandolin, piano and harmonium (pump organ). Maria Kalaniemi guests on one track.

Alakotila, Järvelä, Kennemark - Nordik Tree
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark, three formidible artists from Finland and Sweden, in a collaboration for fiddles and harmonium (pump organ).

Trolska Polka - Untold Tails
Their strong melodies and high energy pull you into a mesmerizing world full of funny, grim, big and small characters from the nordic fairytales and mythology. The ensemble consists of young talented artists from the Danish/Swedish folk scene led by multiinstrumentalist and composer Martin Seeberg (Sorten Muld, Instinkt, Valravn) With a wide variety of instruments, this seven piece band brings giants, elves, pixies, fairies and other beings musically to life.

Floating Sofa Quartet - The moon we watch is the same
Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and traditional pieces from their respective countries; sweet melodies and feisty dance tunes are performed with intriguing harmonies, intensity, humor and the warm acoustic sound of wooden instruments. Floating Sofa Quartet is: Mads Kjøller-Henningsen [DK] - wooden flute & swedish bagpipes; Leija Lautamaja [FI] - 2,5-row melodeon & harmonium; Clara Tesch [DK] - fiddle; Malte Zeberg [SE] - double bass

Sofia Jannock - áššogáttis (by the embers)
The Swedish Sami singer will bring a number of references to mind, from the energy of Varttina to the jazzy sophistication of lena Willemark. But ultimately, she can stand on her own. This is her second recording, and its mix of sami roots, pop and jazz has many moods, from pure pop to complex new music. A fine singer, a great band and a willingness to experiement make this one well worth your consideration. Give her a listen.

Lena Willemark - Blaferdi (Blue Journey)
Features songs and lyrics, composed by Lena, sung in the Elfdalian language of her home region of Avdalen, Sweden. Program notes and lyrics are translated to Swedish and English in the booklet. It's performed with voice, strings and percussion supplied by Lena, Mia Marin, Emma Reid, Mikael Marin, Leo Sander and Tina Quartey. (Quite a cast!) It is, I think, one of her best (and that goes a long way, I think), so this comes with my biggest "highly recommended" gold star on it. CDs will be available in late December. You can contact me to reserve a copy, if you wish.

Eitre - The Coming of Spring
Two Irish musicians, three Swedish create a five-piece band who have their own interpretation of Irish traditional music.

Oddjob - Folk
Swedish jazz quintet of trumpet, alto saxophone, bass, piano, and drums. On Folk, Oddjob is inspired by and is improvising over ancient Swedish pastoral Music. Cow herdings and goat callings mixes fantastically well with the contemporary jazz played by this five piece band.

Emilia Amper - Lux
You may know her as a member of the quartet Blink, but this is her second recording up front as the leader, and it's beautiful. The singer and nyckelharpa player is joined by a great cast of musicians, too: FredrikGille, Dan Svensson, Anders Lofberg, Bridget Marsden, Emma Ahlberg-Ek and Olle Linder.

Frifot - Jarven
Ale Möller, Lena Willemark and Per Gudmundsen created the ensemble Frifot to explore the roots of Swedish folk music in daring new ways

Ale Moller - Bouzoukispelman
This is one of the first recordings that turned me on to the folk revival of the 80s in Sweden. It includes an absolutely marvelous group of traditional and neo-traditional songs, as well as his infamous, high-spirited medley of Paul Simon songs (Mrs Robinson and 59th Street Bridge Song). It's a classic and the other musicians on the album are Ellika Frisell, Per Gudmundson, Totte Mattsson, Bill McChesney, Katarina Olsson, Simon Simonson, and Röjås Jonas, so it's a bit of a Filarfolket/Groupa/Nordan thing, as well. Highly recommended and brilliant, good fun.

Groupa - Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden
The 2016 release by one of the most important and revolutionary groups in the Nordic roots movement. Terje Isungset, drums, perc, mouth harp; Mats Eden fiddle, viola d'amore, accordion; Jonas Simonson, flutes, bass clarinet.

Yolariis - Yolariis
YOLARiiS is new folk music by Dan Svensson (percussion, melodeon, cittern, vocals, tenor banjo), Per Knagg (bass, vocals), Anna Elwing (vocals, fiddle, singing bowl) and Jens Ulvsand (bouzuki, vocals). Their music is defiantly modern and global, yet deeply imbued with the ancient melodies and rhythms of Sweden. highly recommended

Johan Hedin and Gunnar Idenstam - Låtar II - Swedish Folk Tunes
Gunnar Idenstam, organ and Johan Hedin, nyckelharpa, play tunes, reels and other dances in this second volume of duets.

Johan Hedin and Gunnar Idenstam - Låtar - Swedish Folk Tunes
Gunnar Idenstam, organ and Johan Hedin, nyckelharpa, play tunes, reels and other dances in eighteenth-century late Baroque style, a waltz tinged with the Spanish Renaissance, a dance from Italy and a number of original compositions. A unique combination and a unique recording. (Hybrid CD/SACD)

Groupa - Silent Folk
Groupa plays its own brand of Nordic music. Giving the music freer rein and new colours, Groupa excels in the joy of expanding to new musical dimensions. The original band was founded in 1980, and has along with other groups been a vanguard of the progressive folk music scene in Sweden since the 80’s. Ever since the start, Groupa has been a very popular live band. Mats Edén on fiddles; Jonas Simonson on flutes and Terje Isungset on percussion. The purchase of this CD is for a contribution to support RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show of the world's music.

Mats Eden, Daniel Sanden-Warg, Leif Stinnerbom, Magnus Stinnerbom - Anno 2010
An award winning album of folk fiddling from Sweden by a quartet of masters. Andrew Cronshaw wrote in his fRoots review: 'For some they play all together, for some they split into duos, trio or solo, on fiddles, the sympathetic-stringed viola d'amore and violin d'amore whose incorporation into Swedish folk music have stemmed largely from the work of these musicians, or adding in moraharpa, diatonic accordion and harmonica. No bass instruments, just the dense textures of all those harmonising and droning bowed strings and wheezing reeds, and massive drive.'

Mats Eden - Avtryck
Swedish melodeon and violin music learned from Oscar Andersson and Alfred Magnusson, both from Mangskog, in Varmland Sweden.

Gunnell Mauritzson - Ater
Gunnel Mauritzson 'Åter' One of Sweden's very best folk singers with a band consisting of some of the most interesting musicians within the new Swedish folk music.

Rydvall / Mjelva - Vardroppar
Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) player Erik Rydvall and Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva are both counted among the foremost folk musicians of their generation in Scandinavia. Vårdroppar was recorded at a church in Hallingdal, Norway

Fru Skagerrak - Fru Skagerrak
This trio of women from Denmark, Sweden and Norway call their music 'Scandinavian Raw Folk,' and their repertoire consiste of music and songs chosen among the rich music and song traditions of Scandinavia, as well the members' original compositions. They play fiddles and 5 -stringed fiddle, recorder and vocals.

Enteli - Enteli
Folk-jazz from Sweden faturing Bengt Berger, tabla and percussion, Jonas Knutsson, saxophones and additional percussion, Ale M and ouml;ller, multi instrumentalist, Johan Sandouml;derberg and singer Lena Willemark. The band describes it thus: 'Freedom is light and airy - freedom to soar upwards and float down. And all that music needs is to be played - nurtured and cherished. We begin and end with a scream. We breathe in, and before we have time to breathe out rhythm's steel spring is coiled tighter and tighter inside until it almost snaps, in a dance that is sometimes Swedish, sometimes a Sufistic, mystical dance of the dervish. Time and space intertwine in tightly plaited unity and with a slight flutter the rustlings and the sleepy whispers rise into the air and evaporate, like the sweet-smelling smoke from Grandpa's tobacco in the autumn.'

various (2 CDs) - Højbystævnet 2009: Musik fra forsamlingshuset
Live performances in denmark in September 2009 for dancers and musicians by Danish, Norwegian and Swedish artists - Kristian Bugge and Band, Gässbiköllor, BØG, John Ole Morken and Jørgen Nyrønning

Lisa Rydberg - Vinterskrud
A reissue of her earlier 'Obeträdda Marker' with a few more songs. In addition to her fiddle, we have guest vocalists Thomas De Liva, Emma Härdelin, Henriette Sennenvaldt and a small choir.

Mats Eden - Milvus
The ECM release by violinist Eden, with Jonas Simonson (flutes) and the Cikada String Quartet offers a different aspect of this brilliant Swedish composer and musician.

Crane Dance Trio (Eden, Perez, Simonson) - flyger igen
Mats Eden (violin, strings), Jonas Simonson (flutes) and Mattias Perez (guitar) join forces for a set of original compositions by all of the players, plus two traditional songs.

Gubbaduon - Quintonius
Mats Edén (fiddle, accordion) and Sven Ljungberg (accordion) with Leo Sander on bass, performing songs learned from Mangskog musician Oskar Andersson.

Mats Eden (composer) - Apple Blossom
An album that focuses on Mats Eden as composer, with 16 performances of his pieces played by a variety of artists in a number of styles from folk to classical to contemporary art music.

Mats Eden - Pastern
Mats' solo album of fiddle and diatonic accordion tunes, both newly composed and traditional from sweden and Norway. Seth Premo writes in RootsWorld: 'an exhibition of his fiddle playing and interpretation style in a tr17.99 and though it is not unsentimental, it has a consistently strong energy about it.'

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 1-2 - The Medieval Ballad (2 CDs)
The Nordic medieval ballad heritage is transmitted here through the medium of unique recordings. This double CD features 41 ballads, several in different versions.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 3 - Traditional Folk Music
A survey of the whole breadth of Swedish folk music. Many of the recordings were made in the field - from 1942 onwards - in the summer pastures and in the homes of folk musicians and singers. Others reflect the Swedish folk music of the present day, partly in traditional form and partly in the vigorous mixture of musical styles developed during recent years. Among those contributing are Karin Edwards, Pelle Jakobsson, Eric Sahlström, Gössa Anders, Pål Olle, Susanne Rosenberg, Per Gudmundson and Marie Selander as well as folk music groups Norrlåtar, Väsen, Frifot and Hedningarna

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 4 - Adventures In Jazz And Folklore
Performers: The Bengt Arne Wallin orchestra, / The Jan Johansson Quintet, / The Georg Riedel orchestra, / The Bengt Hallberg orchestra, / The Georg Riedel ensemble

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 5 - Folk Tunes From Orsa And Älvdalen
Performers: Andersson, Gössa Anders / Åhs, Evert / Orre, Lars (1871 - 1954) / Fält, Gereon / Andersson, Elg Emanuel

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 7 - Harmonica and Accordion
Performers: Jonsson, Elias / Jordahl, Per Ludvig / Danielsson, Nis Karl / Andersson, Ivar / Johansson, Gunnar

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 8 - Ancient Swedish Pastoral
Performers: Karlsson, Anna / Lisslass, Elin / Edvardsson Johansson, Karin / Larsson, Tjugmyr Maria / Moraeus, Anna

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 9-10 - Three Traditional Folk Singers (2 CDs)
72 songs recorded by Swedish radio between 1952 and 1963, including jocular ballads, pastoral songs, love songs, drinking tunes, religious songs and songs of the sea. Sung by Lena Larsson (Gullo, Bohuslan), Ulrika Lindholm (Jamtland) and Svea Jansson.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 11 - Fiddlers From Five Provinces
Performers: Pettersson, Svante / Huldt, Sigvard / Berndt, Carl-Eric / Isacsson, Richard / Sahlström, Eric (1912 - 1986)

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 12 - Songs Of Torndalen
Swedish Tornedalen has long had a rich song tradition which was alive and vigorous even into the 1970s - thanks, in large measure, to Laestadianism, a religious movement where worldly things such as radio and television were seen as sinful and therefore prohibited. Here Swedish and Finnish cultures meet in ring games, love songs, satirical ballads, workers' songs and religious songs, all of which have been recorded in Tornedalen.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 13 - Nordic Folk Instruments
Rysstad, Åni / Arfs, Erik / Jonsson, Elias / Jacobsen, Hans Fredrik / Bäckström, Magnus present sonfgs to show the variety of folk instruments in the tradition.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 14 - Folk Tunes From Jämtland / Vall--trall and Lapp-Nils later
Performers: Näsström, Erik Axel / Löfström, Nestor / Mårtensson, Anders / Falk, Olle / Röst, Per Viktor

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 15 - Songs Of Sailors and Navvies
These songs tell of sea journeys and railwaybuildings, of love and broken promises and of Georg Sjöman (George Sailor) whose comrades ate him up. Most are written by sailors and navvies, some by others who - more or less accurately - tell of their legendary ways of life. The recordings were made in the homes of elderly sailors and navvies - or other bearers of the tradition - in the 1960's and 1970's.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 16-17 - Folk Songs Rättvik, Boda and Bingsjö (2 CDs)
On this double CD we hear Pers Erik and Pers Hans, Göras Anders and Leif Göras, Petters Erik, Påhl Olle, Blank Kalle and Blank Anders, Röjås Erik the elder and the younger, Röjås Jonas, Päckos Helmer, Pekkos Gustaf and Nils Agenmark.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 18 - Folk Tunes From Dala Floda, Enviken and Ore
With the tunes from Enviken and Ore can be heard a close teamwork performance by four skilful players, Nils Agenmark (1915-1994), Pontus Berggren (b 1935), Påhl Olle (Olof Dyrsmeds, 1915-1987) and Alm Nils Ersson (b 1942). The fiddlers' quartet, which actually set a trend for other players, was recorded in 1971 by the Swedish radio producer, Matts Arnberg.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 19 - Blood, Corpes and Tears
Chapbook songs and ballads (skillingtryck) tell tales of unhappy love and sudden death, crimes and passion, horrid mishaps, and all manner of other misfortunes.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 20 - Folk Songs and Tunes From Bohuslän
Bohuslän has always had to make way for the 'great' folk-music provinces of Sweden. Nevertheless there is a diverse and special fiddle and song tradition here. Proximity to Norway gives itself away in much of the music: triplets, double stopping and chords are all elements in the plating technique and a Norwegian dance, halling, will be noticed in the repertoire. Many unusual dances such as lybeckare, engelska and kadrilj are also reflected in the music. This is a reissue of a LP from 1974, completed by songs and fiddle tunes from the archives never made available before.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 24 - Chorales and Wedding Music From Runö
For 600 years, right up to the beginning of the 1940s, a Swedish settlement existed on the island of Runö, off the coast of Estonia. There an archaic form of Swedish was spoken and many old customs and practices continued considerably longer than on the mainland.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 25 - Folk Music In Transition
Original recordings of singers and folk musicians followed by their respective adaptations, beginning in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. Included are music and arrangements by Richard Dybeck, Hugo Alfvén, Hilding Rosenberg, Ingvar Lidholm, Jan W. Morthenson, Karin Rehnqvist, Johansson/Wallin/Hallberg , Folk och Rackare and Hedningarna.

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 26,27,28 - Swedish Fiddlers from the Past (3 CDs)
Documentary recordings of Swedish fiddlers made by ethnographer Yngve Laurell between 1913 and 1920 on old phonograph cyliders.

Wille Toors - From Dance Halls, Forests, Gipsy Camps and Circus Tents
Finally back in print! Från logar, skogar, zigenarläger och cirkustält - Often called the most creative and original fiddler of Swedish tradition, the Paganini of the Great Forests presents his vision of the countryside in these 25 tunes.

Ulf Storling and Roland Keijser - Kringliga later / Twisted Tunes
Tunes collected from the playing of Snickar Erik Olson, master fiddle of Ovanåker, Hälsingland, performed by Ulf Störling (fiddle) and Roland Keijser (clarinet).

Roland Keijser and Anders Rosén - Kvarplekar
Swedish duo (two clarinets) strikes a blow for musical freedom and ingenuity. 'New' folk tunes composed by the musicans, 31 of them, all on two reeds.

Sigurd Holmberg - Historical Recordings of Swedish Folk Music IV: Silverbasharpa 1
Sigurd Holmberg plays the silver-bass keyed-fiddle, the latest stage in the development of the 'simple' keyed-fiddle.

Anders Rosen, Per-Olof Moll, Kalle Almlof - Hopp Tussilunta, Tunes from Särna II
On half of the tracks we hear solo playing by Anders Rosén. Per-Olof Moll plays first violin on the duo and trio numbers, and also solo violin on some tracks. Kalle Almlöf is heard on the 2nd violin on a few tunes.

Anders Hagberg - The Herd
Old traditions like herding calls, jojks and overtone flute meet musicians of the 90-s in an unlimited improvised world music. Anders Hagberg is well established in Scandinavia and has toured internationally with other crossover groups such as Mynta, New Jungle Orchestra and Winduo.

Christer Lundh - Di Gamlaste Bidana
Folks songs from Skane, southern Sweden, sung by Lundh and accompanied on fiddle, harp, bagpipes, crumhorn, flutes, guitar etc. Listen1 Listen2

Wimme - Cugu

Sigurdur Flolsason, Daniel Nolgård and The Norrbotten Big Band - Dark Thoughts
Swedish big band jazz: listen

Kristine Heebøll - Trio Mio
A remarkable trio of Danish violinist Kristine Heeboll, Swedish guitarist and bouzouki player Jens Ulvsand (of the band Avada) and Danish pianist and accordionist Nikolaj Busk perform from but not in the tradition, using the roots to generate modern modes inspired by jazz and classical as much as folk. The results are both elegant and energetic.

Mats Berglund Trio - Mats Berglund Trio
Mats Berglund (fiddle, accordion and flute). Andreas Ralsgård (saxophone and flute). Leo Svensson (cello).

Anders Svensson - Bara for ros skull (Just for fun)
The record label says: Bara för ros skull (Just for fun) presents a traditional spelman album. However, it is full of lovely surprises. Here Småland fiddler Anders Svensson has full freedom to expand. He is given scope to twist and turn tunes and explore every nook in every quaver. When Anders plays he puts playfulness and variation first and lets the tunes flow freely. He is a musician whose music is characterised by flow and space.

Simon Simonsson - Livets Lat
Swedish fiddler Simon Simonsson is an important link with the older generation of Swedish folk musicians. Simon (born 1945) has met and played with many legendary old fiddle players, especially in the provinces of Jämtland, Dalarna and Uppland.

Simon and Olle Simonsson, Kjell-Erik Eriksson - Drängkammarlåtar (Farm-hand Tunes)
The trio plays music that was in fashion among country people in Sweden at the beginning of this century. Simon and Kjell-Erik (of Hoven Droven) play the fiddle as well as Simon's brother Olle, who also ccompanies on zither and guitar. Most of the tunes come from the fiddlers from andAulvdalen in Dalecarlia and Offerdal in Jamtland.

Boda spelmanslag - Latar pa Bodamal
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Boda Spelmanslag in 2003. In addition to the tracks which were on the first edition there are another ten fantastic Boda tunes which were recorded at the time of the 1979 LP but and are now available for all to hear.

Brodd Leif Andersson and Staffan Eriksson - Bara Brodd
Brodd Leif Andersson and Staffan Eriksson's second CD is a set of tunes by the fiddler Albin Brodd (1897-1964). joining them are Tomas Agnas (clarinet, guitar), Lustig Torbjörn Persson (double bass), Matts Arnberg (violin) and Anne Pettersson (cow horn).

Anders Nygårds and Magnus Stinnerbom - Dalahyl
Anders Nygårds from Rättvik in Dalarna and Magnus Stinnerbom from Värmland are both well-known Swedish fiddlers. The repertoire presented here is primarily on traditional tunes from Rättvik, with a few tunes are from other areas; Dalsland, Småland and Norway.

Elise Einarsdottir, Olle Steimnholtz w/ Lena Willemark - Summer Night
Swedish pianist Einarsdottir, bassist Steimnholtz in near jazz settings of standards and originals, both instrumental pieces and with guest vocalist Willemark. Einarsdottir is often (I think fairly) compared to Bill Evans, in both her fluid playing and her melodic sense.

Jens Ulvsand and Jullie Hjetland - Ulvsand and Hjetland
The Swedish Bouzouki player Jens Ulvsand and Danish/Norwegian singer Jullie Hjetland started playing together in 2008 in the successful group “KRYSS” and very quickly they found a partnership in there duo playing. They have a common flair for the Nordic sound and with a gentle touch of electronic elements, voice, bouzouki and other instruments, they create a wide spectre of atmosphere's and soundscape's. The duo have been playing several festivals/concerts and with there grounded knowledge of Nordic folk traditions and there own roots they put together traditional Scandinavian songs and traditional music with compositions of there own in a harmonic blend.

Bengt Berger - Beches Brew Big
The quintet from Bengt Berger's much praised last album Beches Brew has grown to nine members in this live recording from two nights in Stockholm and Gothenburg, likewise the music has grown in depth, power and expression. The mix of tradition and new modes of expression as well as the impulses from some of the great traditions of the world and the collective approach to ensembles and solo work shows a strong relationship to Charles Mingus way of making music. Some of the best and most personal musicians in Sweden are necessary for this: Violinist Livet Nord; saxophonists Thomas Gustafsson, Jonas Knutsson and Sir Thomas Jäderlund; Keyboard genius Mats Öberg; Göran Klinghagen and Max Schultz on banjos and guitars; Stefan Bellnäs, bass and Bengt Berger on drums.

Basco - Big Basco
The quartet from Denmark, comprised of musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Scotland, comes back, with a horn section and a bracing new sound. Here's what they have to say for themselves: "Big Basco is a melting pot of wood and brass, with tasty and powerful music well suited to any audience. At the heart of this new constellation is the Danish quartet Basco, known for their insistent energy and fine compositions. Basco have now pulled three wonderful horn players out of their hats, three lovely and conveniently compressible veterans who, when not playing mighty folk, are known for their work with Denmark's Radio Big band, Swedish/Danish world music phenomenon Tummel and the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Folk, Jazz and Classical music, all stirred in together in a magical mess, with Basco's beautiful tunes and songs at its centre."

Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil - Yggdrasil (Tree of Life)
Faoroese composer and musician Kristian Blak with the Nordic ensemble Yggdrasil and Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir.

Tummel - Transit
The Swedes seem to have a new passion for Balkan and other eastern European music, and Tummel present their own brand: tough, raw, often harshly electric, but always soulful and full of the original 'heavy metal' of the European brass band. Klezmer, Balkan dance tunes, Arabic touches and a defiantly original streak define this band's music.

Dan Gisen Malmquist - Eldringen
Swedish Composer and clarinet player, Dan Gisen Malmquist, has been playing and composing music for the past twenty years. He has his own characteristic tone as a musician and a very distinct feeling for melody as a composer.

Soetkin Collier - Nocturne
Soetkin Colliers first CD is a collection of songs about love, hope, despair and faith in a dark and romantic setting. She is accompanied by Tom Theuns on guitar and Didier François on nyckelharpa (Swedish key-fiddle). She contributes her own compositions along with personal arrangements of traditional songs from Flanders and Sweden. A recording of stark beauty and powerful moods.

Various - Spring in Niavaran
During May and June 2004, everal concerts in Teheran focused on meetings between Iranian artists and European artists Bazar Bla (Sweden), Hamon Martin Quartet (France), Christophe Joneau Trio (France), Persiano (Iran, Norway). This recording features both indivdual works and jamm-session collaborations among the artists.

Rudiger Carl and Sven-Ake Johansson - Djungelmusik med sång
Swedish experimentalists Rüdiger Carl (accordion, clarinet) and Sven-Åke Johansson (accordion, drums and voice) push the limits on this 1997 recording, made live in a Stockholm bookstore. Their free-association approach to music makes this challenging for those in need of a countable beat, but the mood is elegant, bizarre or beautiful at each turn and the results are nothing short of unique.

Fjarin - Mixtur
Fjärin is a trio of two Danish musicians - Søren Stensby (violin) and Kasper Ejlerskov Leonhardt (guitar) - and Swedish/Estonian bass player Johannes Vaht. On their second album they also feature three additional musicians - on accordion and flute Rune Cygan Barslund, who plays in the band Kasír; on the piano it is Oscar Johansson, who plays jazz in Copenhagen; and the Norwegian singer Mia Marlen Berg, who last year won a Danish Music Award with the group IKI for best vocal jazz release 2011. All the compositions on this album are new material . Fjärin believes that folk music has not stagnated, but can and will renew itself and be mixed with other genres. Violist Stensby explains the title of the album: "'The album is a mixture of all the music which has inspired us though the years." Fjärin belong to the new generation of folk musicians, searching their individual musical roots, to create a musical expression that gathers music traditions of Sweden, Denmark and Estonia, but also keep themselves open to improvisation and new thinking.

Ensemble SON - To hear with the mouth

Elisabeth Engdahl and Thomas Gustafsson - Piece In Peace
Composer, arranger, band leader, saxophonist, keyboardist Elisabeth Engdahl is also a noted player of the church organ. Together with husband Thomas Gustafsson, she performs somewhat sacred music from various sources, classical, jazz as well as their own compositions. Thomas Gustafsson was the first "Swedish National Treasure" awardee, He played in Bitter Funeral Beer Band in the early 80's as well as many others throughout the years. On this album he plays the soprano saxophone exclusively.

Sebastian Aberg - The Sangeet Project
Swedish percussionist and composer is joined by a group of classical Indian and Swedish jazz musicians in a unique contemporary 'raga project' that holds on to the roots of Indian music while becoming completely contemporary. The label says: "Indian Ghazal and modern electronica in groundbreaking new combination." Says Sebastian Åberg: "Two things have been important to me during this process. First, that the origin, the raga, is handled with esteem. Secondly, that the actual musical meeting between east and west actually enhances the musical expression." Recorded in Goa and Stockholm 2004-2006. Indian musicians: Maruti Kurdekar, Pradip Sarmokadam, Shipra Nandy, Vasantrao Kadnekar, Dilip Gadekar, Manab Das. Swedish musicians: Sebastian Åberg, Ismet Demirhan, Tobias Ersson, Viktor Buck, Stefan Lakatos, Stefan Grapenmark, Jan Liljekvist.

Ellika Solo Rafael - NOW
Swedish fiddler Ellika Frisell and Senegalese kora player Solo Cissokho expand to a trio with Mexican percussionist Rafael Sida Huizar on their latest acoustic gem.

Nomas - Flow
Six musicians from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden join forces for a new-folk revival - old traditions andnew compositions. Their sound has influences from all the Nordic folk music traditions, jazz, pop, rock and classical music, and not least the musicians' strong personal styles. The artists are Vidar Skrede, Carl Nyqvist, Pauliina Pajala, Christian Stærke, Olli Kari and Michael Graubæk.

The Secret Carpet Club - Village
Village presents three well-established folk musicians, deeply rooted in their local traditions and, not least, in their own individual musical expression. Guitar, fiddle and various flutes weave together to make a rich, rhythmic and dynamic musical fabric, with Emma's voice in the foreground and Carl and Vidar providing the harmonic background. Songs and instrumentals are here in equal measure. Emma Johansson, vocals and flutes; Carl Nyqvist, fiddle and backing vocal; and Vidar Skrede, guitar and backing vocals.

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - list of lights and buoys
Norwegian duo of Susanna Wallumrød (vocals) and Morten Qvenild (keyboards) features nine low key, sparse and austere original songs (sung in English) plus highly personal interpretations of Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' and Leonard Bernstein's 'Who Am I'. Unique contemporary pop music from Scandinavia.

Gunnel Mauritzson - Raisu Aut
The 2003 release by this marvelous Swedish singer is an elegant exploration of folk roots, joined by some of Sweden's best jazz and folk musicians, including Hans Kennemark, Roger Tallroth, Rickard Astrom, Jonas Knutsson and many others

Paban Das Baul and Jonny Wartel - Paban Das Baul and Jonny Wartel
An unusual fusion of jazz and tradition by the Bengali master and the Swedish saxophonist and his ensemble.

Lisa o Piu - When This Was The Future
The debut full-length release by Sweden's Lisa Isaksson and her band. As summer came and turned Sweden into a green and pleasant place in the early 70s, the core members of Piu went to a small cottage in the beautiful archipelago north of Stockholm and recorded what was to become this LP. The album is filled with delicious and bewitching woodland folk hymnals, eloquent yet eerie, and led by Lisa's gossamer vocals, as delicate as a wavering candle flame. The album is produced by Mattias Gustavsson (Life On Earth!/Dungen), and it somehow divinely conjures the essence of Linda Perhacs, Bridget St. John, Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Vashti Bunyan, and Joanna Newsom into one singular siren, but with a thoroughly unique, thoroughly haunting delivery.

Bitter Funeral Beer Band w Don Cherry, K. Sridhar - Live in Frankfurt 82
A remarkable concert recording of innovative trumpeter Cherry and sarod master Sridhar, joined by a stellar cast of Swedish, African, American musicians including Bengt Berger, Atsimevu, Anita Livstrand, Matthias Helldén, Christer Bothén, and many more.

Jonas Knutsson and Horn Please - Horn Please!
Swedish folk and horn music on six saxophones, bass and percussion.Led by saxophonist/composer/arranger Jonas Knutsson, some of the prominent younger Swedish folk musicians are presented in music that goes from the traditional to the newly composed, and from the strictly arranged to the wildly improvised. The horn players: Alexandra Särström, Å sa Johansson, Hanna Wiskari, Klas Toresson, Daniel Carlsson; plus Bengt Jonasson and Petter Berndalen on bass and percussion. Compositions by Knutsson and traditional music from different parts of Sweden and South India. Highly recommended

Berger Knutsson Spering - Up Close
Swedish musicians Bengt Berger, drums Jonas Knutsson, saxophones Christian Spering, bass recorded this set of songs at Studios La Buissonne in Provence. It includes original works, an interpretation of a South Indian piece, trad/arrs of some Swedish polskas as well as Paul Motians 'It should have happened a long time ago' and Ellington's 'In A Sentimental Mood.' Jazz as only the Scandinavians play it.

Berger, Knutsson, Spering, Cherry, Cherry - See You In A Minute
Bengt Berger, Jonas Knutsson, Christian Spering, Eagle-Eye Cherry and Neneh Cherry in an international homage to the late, great Don Cherry

Zara Tellander - Himmelens hatt (Heaven´s Hat)
The Swedish singer (member of the folk ensemble Envisa and recently touring with Cirque de Solieil) explores folk music, jazz and improvisation on her new work, joined by Johan Björklund (drums), Jacob Karlzon (piano), Johannes Lundberg (bass), and Lisen Rylander (saxophone).

Anders Eliasson - Horn Concerto / Desert Point / Violin Concerto
Performers include Soren Hermansson (French horn), Jari Valo (violin), The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Conducted by Juha Kangas. Recorded in Kaustinen Church in Kaustinen, Finland

Various - From Sweden to America
Swedish Emigrant Songs: Amerikavisor - Historic recordings from Sweden and the US about emigrants and immigration. All are vocal works, folks songs about the joys and hardships

Per Sundin - Kontrabasharpa 1914
Historic recordings of kontrabasharpa (a nyckelharpa) by Per Sundin (1858-1928).This CD is collected from ancient recordings, so there is a low quality of sound (by modern standards) and a lot of audio 'artifacts.' This is for the serious collector, scholar or player who wants to know the history, not for casual listening. Notes are in Swedish. Listen to a sample

Sabbath Hela Vecken - Shadows
An instrumental sextet based in Sweden with members from Sweden, the US and Finland. They call it 'a musical and visual experience in Klezmer, Gypsy and east-European music.' It's done with energy and wit.

Elise Einarsdotter and Lennart Hellsing - Rosenang
One of Cliff's quirky choices... This is vocal pop music from Sweden, performed by pianist/composer Einarsdotter and singer Hellsing, and a small jazz ensemble and some of Sweden's most interesting singers including Lena Willemark, Olle Persson and the Voice Boys. File under 'other?'

Birgitta Ulfsson - Levda Teatervisor
Birgitta Ulfsson has collected 15 songs from 50 years on the theater and cabaret stages in Finland and Sweden. She has added a few short poems, as she usually does in her frequent performances around Sweden and Finland, together with pianist Lowe Pettersson. Here's an unusual art-music experience for those interested in the flow of the language as well as the melody.

Alla Fagra Barn - Klacken i nocken!
swedish folk music played for a younger audience by this great band from Malmo - played for, not "down to," a younger audicence, that is. No matter your age, this is vibrant, alive and well played! Listen

Kersti Ståbi - Ute blåser sommarvind
Kersti Ståbi sings the songs of Alice Tegnér, the Swedish icon of children's music, accompanied by the folk trio Nordic (Anders Löfberg on cello, Erik Rydvall on nyckelharpa and Magnus Zetterlund on mandolin and munspel.)

H3FK - Nubiska Natter
Mixing influences from the likes of John Coltrane and Anouar Brahem with their own unique style, this ensemble offers an unorthodox vision. The group started out as a double trio mixing modern jazz with Arabic folk music, but have now reached a point where the borders are blurred and the feeling is completely natural and original. The compositions are written for the whole ensemble, but also includes trio and quartet pieces, with elements of Arabic, Middle-Eastern, Gypsy and Swedish folk and pop.

Ewa Lindahl and Birger Bjornerstedt - Klimakterietango
Swedish songs performed by Björnerstedt and Lindahl on guitar, harmonica, fiddle, accordion, clarinet, flute, nyckelharpa, and piano. It's a relaxed mix of folk songs, pop tunes and jazzy cabaret styles.

Jord - Vaylan Virrassa - Musik från Tornedalen
Folk music from the Torne River Valley of Sweden, both traditional and newly composed by the band's members, performed on accordion, bass, flutes, percussion, guitar and voices

Goran Mansson - Inland
Flute player Göran Månsson plays traditional folk tunes, mainly from the Medelpad area of Sweden, as well as some newly composed works. Guests include Jonas Simonson and Harald Pettersson.

Calle Hernmarck, Sten Andersson - Ekon fran Vallskogen
Pastoral music form Sweden, played on shepherd's pipes, goathorns, baroque fiddles and sampler

Gunnell Mauritzson - Siluette
The music on this CD was written by the world-famous baritone-saxophone player Lars Gullin. Mauritzson is the singer of Sweden´s folklore group Gunnfjauns Kapell. On this recording she has made Gullin´s music her own by translating it into folk music. Musicians include Ola Bäckström / Fiddle; Backa Hans Eriksson / Bass; Anders Hagberg / Saxophone, Flute; Johan Lövcrantz / Percussion; Roger Tallroth / Guitar, Bouzouki; Rickard Åström / piano.

Skromta - Grejhojta!
The name of this group from Stockholm group comes from a local expression from Angermanland, a province in the north of Sweden, referring to supernatural creatures like ghosts, gnomes, trolls and vittror. The quintet is led by Matti Norlin (composer, nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, vocal) and includes violin, flute, guitar, double bass and percussion.

Archimedes Badkar - Tre
Reissue of a 1977 recording by a Swedish jazz-folk-rock fusion outfit that was pretty pioneering for their time, and still sounds fresh all these years later. It combined a raw jazz attitude with a flair for more folky melodies, all twisted around with attitude and energy. Fans of Arbete-Fritid and David Amram will get it right away, but you have to love long jazz solos!

Fotefar and Håvard Lund - Fest
FEST is the first CD from the folk trio Fotefar (Footprints) and clarinet player Håvard Lund. The trio is Lena Jinnegren, Bendik Lund Haanshus and Ragnhild Furebotten. Lena, from Sweden, has deep roots in rock, folk music and folk ballads. Ragnhild was nominated for the same award in 2008 for her solo CD "Endelig vals" (Finally a waltz). Bendik trained at the music conservatory in Trondheim, and plays in the group KADO and the tango music band Orangutango. Håvard is artist in residence for the cultural centre in Troms county, and now has a permanent position there as a musician, composer and arranger. He has played with the band Farmers Market, with Frode Fjellheim of Transjoik and collaborated with Trygve Seim.

Braten-Berg, Mazur and Willemark - Stemmenes skygge
Norwegian Kirsten Bråten Berg (vocals, jew's harp), Sweden's Lena Willemark (vocals, violin, viola), and Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur join together for is going to be one of the great Nordic recordings of 2005. 'Voices' Shadow' is a pure trio recording, unadorned and yet ornate in structure, deeply rooted in tradition and yet almost avant garde in performance, and a total joy to listen to.

Gunnar Halle and Espen Eriksen - Meditations on Christmas
Trumpet and piano duets improvise on both familiar old Christmas songs, traditional favorites and lesser known Swedish works

Frida Annevik - Synlige Hjerteslag
Norwegian folk pop

Lena Willemark, Mats Öberg and Jonas Knutsson - Alla Drömmars Sång
Three of Sweden's most respsected performers in any genre, vocalist and violist Lena Willemark, pianist Mats Öberg and reeed player Jonas Knutsson together create a whole new folk-art form for Sweden. They have all worked together in folk, jazz and art music ensembles for decades, and here they mix traditional material from Lena's home of Älvdalen with own original pieces and a surprising cover of The Beatles with a strong sense of unity, in a recording created in one day, as they simply let go and just played music. Highly recommended.

Jonas Knutsson and Mats Öberg - Live
Saxophone maestro Jonas Knutsson and the keyboard genius Mats Öberg have played together since childhood and know each other inside out. The is a recording of a concert in Stockholm, February 2008.

Jan-Olof Andersson - En Ruben Nilson-kväll
Ruben Nilson (1893-1971) was a Swedish song writer, painter and craftsman. This is a tribute to his music by contemporary Swedish musicians Jan-Olof Andersson, Christer Karlberg and Olle Anderson

Hoven Droven - Jumping at the Cedar (Live - 2 CDs)
The Swedish folk/rock quintet Hoven Droven is finally captured live, the way they really need to be heard to appreciate their raucous, rocking version of nordic roots. Recroded at the Nordic Roots Festival in 2005 in Minneapolis. That entire concert is captured on 2 CDs, in all its glory.

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