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Helene Blum - Linden Sol
Helene Blum, the Danish singer and fiddler is joined by the Harald Haugaard Ensemble (octave mandolin, fiddle, guitar, cello, Jew's harp, double bass, flugelhorn, and percussion) in a follow-up to her marvelous 2008 holiday recording, En Sød Og Liflig Klang. Liden Sol, (Little Sun) offers both traditional songs of the Yuletide, as well as a few original songs, all done with grace and musicianship.

Frode Alnæs, Arild Andersen, Stian Carstensen - Julegløggen
OK, some things I just can't resist. Norwegian musicians Frode Alnæs (guitar), Arild Andersen (bass) and Stian Carstensen (banjo and accordion) join together to give a jazzy yet Nordic touch to some Norwegian folk songs and some global holiday classics, traditional and popular.

Iver Kleive - Hyrdenes tilbedelse

Iver Kleive - Juleevangeliet

Aage Kvalbein and Iver Kleive - Julemeditasjoner (Christmas meditations)
Two Norwegian musicians on piano and cello express the tranquil moods of Christmas. With their extensive experience of interpreting traditional musical material and with a touch of irreverence, these open-minded musicians have toyed with familiar Christmas songs, inserting a classical piece by Vivaldi here and another by Schubert there, to create a mix of well-loved Christmas songs.

Zenobia - I Vintermorkets Hal
The Danish trio calls I Vintermørkets Hal an album "for all winters - from all our winters. From the magically Christmassy ones when we were little girls, over those shrouded in picturesque snow to those rainy and stormy ones." On voice, piano and accordion (with many guests adding all sorts of other instruments), Zenobia offer spritely dances, sad stories and joyous celebrations of the winter's cold pleasures. Sometimes rustic, sometimes elegant, the music speaks of winter in any language and any country.

Stephen Brandt-Hansen - I Julens Lys
Popular and esoteric Jule songs by the Norwegian singer and a small ensemble with Iver Kleive on piano, plus harmonica, keyboards and a choral group.

Anonymous 4 - Christmas Music from Medieval Hungary
The famous female vocal quartet offers unusual holiday music.

Solveig Slettahjell and Tord Gustavsen - Natt i Betlehem
Christmas carols and religious songs, in Norwegian and English, both tradtional and contemporary, performed on piano and voice

Helene Blum - En Sød Og Liflig Klang
Folk and modern interpretations of Jule music old and new by the Danish singer, accompanied by Harald Haugaard (who also produced the recordings), with Ditte Fromseier, Harald Haugaard, Kirstine Elise Pedersen, lea Havelund, Mikkel Bøggild, Sune Hånsbæk, Torben Sminge, Hans Mydtskov, Karen Mose, Jullie Hjetland, Kristian Stærke on violins, cello, guitar and vocals. One of the best Christmas recordings I have heard in a while. Highly recommended.

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

Sondre Bratland - Rosa Fra Betlehem
Songs for Christmas sung by the great Norwegian artist, beautifully recorded at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, and accompanied by Knut Reiersrud, Iver Kleive and Paolo Vinaccia.

various - Messiah: Remix
One of the irresistible chestnuts of classical music gets a radical overhaul by some of the contemporary music scene's leading provacatuers. Handel's 1742 warhorse gets mashed into electronica, modernist mania, moody ambience, rough-hewn hip-hop and uninhibited nuttiness by artists like John Oswald, Scanner, Paul Lansky and Eve Beglarian.

Oslo Gospel Choir - Det Skjedde i de dager
The spirit of Norwegian Christmas - Princess Martha Louise reads the Christmas story in Norwegian. Songs are performed by the choir and guest vocalist Sigvart Dagsland, and include Stille Natt, Det Hev Ei Rose Sprunge, Dailig Eg Jorden, Hellige Natt and more.

Schola Sanctae Sunnivae and Hartkeriana - Officium et Missae in Nativitate Sancti Ioannis Baptistae
A female choir from Trondheim, Norway and a male choir from Amsterdam presnt works inspired by a thousand years of church music traditions. These internationally recognized choirs have recorded a St. John's officium, a collection of a full days masses and hourly prayers on a double CD set, with music both for midsummer and the nativity. Music in the gregorian tradition, marvelously recorded (as all KKV recordings are), with great spacial presence and accuracy.

Ambrogio Sparagna - Fermarono i Cieli
In the middle of the 18th century Alfonso Maria de' Liguori and his Redemptorist priests introduced hymns both in the local dialect and in Italian, based on popular songs, to teach the basics of Christianity. Many of the songs were related to Christmas-tide celebrations, as well as lullabies, pastorales for the zampogna (Italian bag-pipes), alms-seeking chants, and others. Sparagna preserves the original spirit of these traditional folk prayers with Peppe Servillo and a female vocal quintet, accompanied by the eclectic instrumentalist Erasmo Treglia and an trio featuring a giant zampogna (bagpipe), along with harmonium, tamburelli, organetto (accordion), ciaramella, ghironda, oboe barocco, violino and more.

Center of Jewish Poems and Piyyut in Ashdod - Shirat HaBakashot (PAL DVD)
DVD of Shirat HaBakashot (Song of Requests) - a collection of piyyutim (Jewish liturgical poems) sung by the synagogue attendees, mainly on Shabbat (Saturday) and Jewish holidays. The Bakashot prayer on this DVD is sung during the Jewish New Year High Holidays, and is performed by Rabbi David Edery and the "Center of Jewish Poems and Piyyut in Ashdod" choir. The singing is in the a-capella style (with no instrumental accompaniment), while the singers are sited at tables laid out with delicacies - all this in the best Jewish tradition requirement. The viewer of this DVD experiences the Jewish tradition and holiday spirits, as if he is present in the synagogue himself. (PAL format DVD)

Vidar Skrede Dynamo Band - Happy Monkey
Vidar Skrede presents his Nordic inspired compositions with a new band. The sound is made from hardanger fiddle and ordinary fiddle, together with Finnish musicians Pilvi Järvelä on harmoniom and Jani Kivelä on cittern.

Valfart - Pa vej
This Danish quartet plays in a Nordic style, but their influences are far ranging, with disparate roots in Scandinavia, North America, the Balkans and the Middle East. Using flute, vocal, violin, hardingfele, bouzuki, accordion, percussions, santur and joik, they create a new Nordic folk music.

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.

Tapani Rinne - Silent Night
Nordic/Sami electro-pop artist takes on Christmas and winter songs familiar and unknown

Trolska Polska - {moss}
The Danish band's self-description is "Marsh women, goblins, giants, elves and trolls... they are mysterious creatures which since ancient times has been a favorite subject for literature, visual arts, drama and music. Trolska Polska is possibly the world's first dedicated tribute band to the Nordic myth-creatures!" That may seem a bit twee, but the music is anything but: it's solid, rollicking, rugged Nordic roots music with an edge.

Phonix - Pigen and Drengen
This band has always been right on the verge if finding their voice, and with the production help of Morten Alfred Høirup they finally have! A strong reed sound and a much greater emphasis on vocals make this a super recording of Nordic roots.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

Ragnhild Furebotten - Never On A Sunday
In this solo project, the Norwegian fiddler joins together traditional music for fiddle with an ensemble of horn players in arrangements by two of the country's top jazzmen. Strong melodies and folk music create a combination of light madness, north Norwegian esprit and delicious Nordic melancholy.

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

Basco - Interesting Times
Basco tell stories. Their music is complex and varied, from hard hitting, high-speed reels through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost, fitful fever-dreams and songs that when you come down to it, are really just about sex.Basco's material is nearly all original, stealing shamelessly and frivolously from Nordic, English, Celtic and American idioms.

Yggdrasil - Duologues
Faroese composer Kristian Blak creates new works with the Danish painter Anders Hjuler. They imagine "duologues' between ancient and modern figures from philosophy and literature (Beatrice and Dante; Munch and Nietzsche; Mandela and Dalia Lama, Lao Tse and Confucius) performed by the reknowned Nordic ensemble Yggdrasil.

Sven Nyhus Kvartett - Bergrosa: 40 ar med… (CD and DVD set)
40 years with the legendary professor of folk music, fiddler and "Commander of the Order of St Olav," Sven Nyhus. The DVD is a collection of 30 tunes, 90 minutes of music culled 4 decades of the archives of Norwegian national Broadcasting. The CD is a recording og a mid-summer concert and dance in the town hall of Sollia, Norway.

Flukt - Drufiacc
On the second CD by this wonderful Norwegian group traditional Nordic music meets classical and blues, driven by a trio of fiddle, accordion and percussion to produce a compelling and driving sound. The purest of tunes and the simplest of moods exemplifies the mastery of Sturla Eide fiddle (hardangerfiddle), Øivind Farmen (accordion) and Håvard Sterten (percussion).

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

Fin Alfred - Handvoerkersange og Skoemteviser
Fin Alfred has been working with labor songs, old folk songs and the songs of the travelling people, since he was a young man in the years after the 2nd World War. On his travels he met and exchanged songs with craftspeople and travellers from all over Europe and the Nordic countries. With Claus Fossing (drums), Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar) and Anders Hofset (bass)

Ostinat Expressen - Spor 2
Contemporary Danish folk firmly rooted in Nordic tradition, with Ivan Damgaard - Violin; Julie Heebøll Clausen - Clarinet; Steffan Søgaard Sørensen - Double bass; Magnus Heebøll Jacobsen - Percussion; and Jesper Vinther Petersen - Accordion.

Arto and Antti Järvelä - Os Fera Liluli
Finnish fiddler Arto and guitarist Antti Järvelä join together for their first recording as a duo. American fiddler and friend of Nordic music Bruce Molsky writes: "Os fera liluli is far-reaching, soulful and intimate. Each piece is bright and visual, a mini-journey to some interesting and far-awayplace. These are tunes worth listening to over and over again!"

Gjermund Larsen - Salmeklang
The Norwegian fiddler explores Nordic hymns as played by fiddler Hilmar Alexandersen (1902-93) and the Norwegian-Swedish cross-border folk music tradition. Performed by the Gjermund Larsen Trio (Sondre Meisfjord, double bass · Andreas Utnem, grand piano), with the trio Nordic - Magnus Zetterlund (mandolin), Erik Rydvall (keyed harp) and Anders Löfberg (cello).

Frigg - Economy Class
Frigg return with their third studio album, advancing their place as young leaders of the Nordic roots music movement. Frigg continue to forge a unique concoction of string music from many cultures through the filter of their native traditions of Finland and Norway. With elements of Appalachian, Celtic, and Eastern European folk influences, this band of fiddles, bass, guiatar, mandolin and percussion delivers another brilliant collection.

Sussie Nielsen - Day is Dawning
The wonderful and warm Danish singer focuses on Celtic music and themes, but delivers them with a distinctively Nordic feeling. Accompanied by Helen Davies, Harp; Alan Colfer, Guitar; Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Fiddle, tin whistle; Nikolaj Busk, Piano, piano accordion; Niklas Roswall, Nyckelharpa, moraharpa; Soma Allpass, Cello; Peter G. Sørensen, Fiddle and Bjarne Schmidt, Bouzouki.

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.

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.

Eskil Romme - Himmerlandsmelodier
The Danish saxophone and accordion player, Eskil Romme, is a man of relatively few words, but a lot of idealism. He performs a mix of traditional and contemporary Nordic and Celtic music,a nd with his wife, he also runs an organic farm, so he knows a bit about 'roots.'. The CD features accordion player Karen Tweed (UK), the piano player Peter Rosendal (DK) and the violinist Ditte Fromseier Mortensen (DK). He is also joined by guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup, who says of Romme, "if you have a listen to the music, I am sure that you'll agree that this is a beautiful and truely original piece of work, one of the kind that stays in your head and makes you wonder."

Kristine Heeboll - 10 Point
The Danish fiddler (of Trio Mio and Phonix) steps back to the front on her 2007 release of original tunes, backed by an impressive ensemble from around Scandinavia: Dan Gisen Malmquist (clarinet and bass clarinet), Peter Eget (harmonika), Ditte Fromseier (violin and bratsch), Andreas Tophøj (violin) and Cecillie Hyldgaard (cello). The sounds run from elegant to exhuberant, and Heebøll once again shows that she has what it takes to bring Danish folk music to the frontline of Nordic roots music.

Annbjorg Lien - Drifting Like a Bird
The Norwegian fidler, singer and songwriter's 2016 recording presents a collection of songs about life at sea and on land around the North Sea Basin, based on interviews with sailors and seamen to collect stories and impressions. With keyboards and production by her long time collaborator Bjørn Ole Rasch, she is also joined by Irish singer Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Norwegian vocalist Tori Wrånes, Swedish cellist Anders Löfberg (Nordic, Majorstuen), Swedish guitarist Roger Tallroth (Väsen), and drummer Rune Arnesen.

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.

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.

Fenja Menja - Fenja Menja
Contemporary, original folk rock, rising from the roots of Nordic mythology and mysticism, combined with the seductiveness of the folk tradition. Fenja Menja's music lures the listener with wondrous notes from the depths of the ancient woods, until, suddenly, the rude awakening by the singeing stench of brimstone from guileful farting trolls. The band: Katja Mikkelsen, fiddle, bagpipes, flutes, Kenneth Hermansen, electric guitar, vocal, Morten Lolk Rasch, piano, Johan Ahrenfeldt, electric bass, Søren Andersen, drums

Elin Furubotn - Det Som E Na (What is now)

Annbjørg Lien - Baba Yaga
annbjorg

Fridtjof Erneshagen - hardingfele

Teigland, Hamre og Røynstrand - Granvinslåttar

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.

Lars Bremnes - Stayer

Annbjørg Lien - Annbjorg
the first album by the Norwegian fiddler and her band

Uhrbrand-Lydom-Cahill - Spring, with Mats Vingin and Peter Rosendal
Originally formed as a trio in 1998. Peter Uhrbrand, Sonnich Lydom and Sèamus Cahill has now been joined by two outstanding jazz musicians Mads Vinding (bass) and Peter Rosendal (piano) in what can only be described as a rare meeting of musical genres, that of folk and jazz. In a sense Spring is not only a meeting of different musical styles, but also a meeting of the great traditions of Nordic and Celtic music. One of the band members is an Irishman now settled in Denmark and so it seemed natural that songs from the Irish tradition should also be included on this CD. ULC's choice of material blends beautifully together.

Afenginn - Reptilica Polaris
the band says: "In the dark uniform western hemisphere, where rationality and stress seems to be the new religion, a small distant light is now appearing. Deeply rooted in the faith and tradition of sincere musical virtuosity and sheer madness, the new release from the acrobatic Danish deviates Afenginn, must challenge the stagnate state of every part-time depressed citizen of modern society. In a challenging unpretentious head-on collision with the conformity of well polished musical mainstream, this one-of-a-kind polyethnic contrastic Balkan-Scandinavian music blend will make every honest delirium-connoisseur go into ruptures. The music is best defined as Bela Bartok drinking schnappses of melancholic nordic klezmer with Mike Patton." 'Nuff said.

Svestar - Svestar
This trio of Danish musicians will grab your attention and your heart in the first few bars. Really, try it. Svestar is Anne Roed Refshauge, vocals; Marie Sønderby, piano; and Kirstine Sand, fiddle. They play old Danish folk songs and ballads (viser) along with their own new material, about love and - more often the case - unrequited love. All three musicians studied at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark and have backgrounds in both classical and traditional music. The mix of backgrounds gives a new and exciting angle to the old folk songs. Svestar is an old Nordic word for "Sister." Guest musicians: Torben Sminge on flugelhorn; Kirstine Elise Pedersen on cello.

Terje Isungset - Middle of Mist
2003 solo album by the Norwegian percussionist/sound sculptor

Olav Steffen Eide - Kjømeistersongar: songbok, notar og song (2 CDs and book)

Over Sundet - Masquerade
This Danish quartet finds inspirationin Nordic folk music but also leaves space for jazz, music from the Balkans and the Middle East and more. Over Sundet is composing and arranging subtle melodies for saxophone, clarinet, cello and percussion. Folk music, jazz, world, and classical music are weaved together, creating an airy and lyrical universe, where the dusty tune books have been replaced by brand new compositions. The music is centred around traditional folk styles but with a new and modern sound to it. A sound that is created partly by the uncommon instruments such as cello, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and various exotic percussion instruments from all over the world and partly from inspiration from other genres as well as the musicians playful abilities to think out of the box.

Moving Cloud - Sweet Nyaa
w guest Donal Lunny on 11 of the 13 tracks

Cronshaw, Andrew - On The Shoulders of the Great Bear
British zither player with a wonderful cast of Nordic musicians produces sometimes ethereal, sometimes raw new acoustic music.

Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil - Askur (2 CD)
Yggdrasil is a Nordic ensemble based in the Faroe Islands, formed in 1981 by composer and pianist Kristian Blak. The ensemble has a repertoire that encompasses a wide range of genres - from free jazz to classical - and expressions - from humor and beauty to disaster and destruction. This is a 2 CD cololection fo live concerts from 1982- 2006. Artists in these shows include Anders Hagberg - Anders Jormin - Angelika Nielsen - Annika Johannesen - Aviaja Lumholt - Brandur Jacobsen - Eivør Pálsdóttir - Ernst Dalsgarð - Heðin Ziska Davidsen - Herfinnur Árnafjall - John Tchicai - Kári Sverrisson - Karin Korpelainen - Kristian Blak - Lelle Kullgren - Mia Káradóttir - Mikael Blak - Morten Carlsen - Ólavur Øster - Philippe Carré - Sunleif Rasmussen - Tarira - Tore Brunborg - Villu Veski

Anne Hytta - dag, kveld, natt
Solo hardingfele (hardanger fiddle) from Sauland in Telemark, in the south eastern part of Norway.

Tumult - Kvaern
Kværn is the 2004 release by this Danish band known for their agressive mix of ancient ballads and tunes with contemporary energy and instrumentation.

Frigg - Frigg
A few more are back in stock! Composer Antti Järvelä and a marvelous Finnish and Norwegian ensemble if fiddles, harmonium, dobro (yes!) and more.

Skogumsbrorne - Slattespel fra Gudbrandsdalen
Norwegian ensemble Skogumsbrørne revives the music of some classic regional fiddle styles by the brothers Skogum on Slåttespel frå Gudbrandsdalen.

Raimonds Tiguls - 4 Veji

Slattejazz - Slattehjerte
Slåttejazz is Helene Høye and Ole Sigvard Lunnan, and their 2011 release of duets, Slåttehjerte, brings traditional Norwegian music to life on fiddle and piano.

Mette Kathrine - Ojeblikke
Øjeblikke is the Solo debut by the fine Danish accordionist from Kvasir.

Frigg - Keidas - Aase - Oasis
The Finnish/Norway collective returns with their 2005 (and second) release.

Kasir - Reel Irish
Irish reels in Denmark

Sondre Bratland - Den Blå Gleda
The Norwegian singer is joined by Roar Engelberg (pan flute), Iver Kleive (organ), Malgorzata Mulewska Sundberg (harp).

Phonix - Udbrud
Danish folk rock, violin, accordion, clarinets

Karl Seglem - Laerad
This is Karl's first goat horn (only) album, recorded over three years with a host of artists accompanying him on everything from ancient instruments to modern electronics.

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

Tromsø Kunstforsyning - Tur
Experimental new music from Tromso, Norway performed on cello, trombone, electronics, voice, piano and percussion.

Various Artsists - Traditionel Musik Fra Læsø
43 authentic recordings of instrumental music from the island of Læsø

Gjermund Larsen Trio - Akomst
Gjermund Larsen on fiddle, Andreas Utnem on piano and harmonium, and Sondre Meisfjord on bass

Rudl trio - Rudl trio
Håkon Høgemo on Hardangar fiddle, Stefan Bergman on bass, Harald Skullerud on percussion

Haugaard and Høirup - Duo for Violin and Guitar
The pleasure in such a recording is in the exchange of ideas evident in each tune, as two exellent musicians both share the spotlight and vie for centerstage.' - Dirty Linen

Bäsk - Bask
Flutes, fiddles, saxes, and percussion come together in intelligently thought-out counterpoints and delicate but deliberate brush strokes of sound. The hallings and polskas are more like tone poems than dances in Bäsk's capable hands. - RootsWorld

Hekla stålstrenga - Dyrandé
Ragnhild Furebotten (fiddle), Tore Bruvoll (guitar), Anne Nymo Trulsen (voice, harmonium), Trond-Viggo Solås (bass) og Ole-Jakob Larsen (percussion).

Norron - Ojeblikket
Norrøn is a new Danish trio that produces music that uses the roots to challenge the ear. Their CD Øjeblikket features Pia Nygaard on the violin; Nina Veng on the flutes and pipes; and Anja Præst Mikkelsen on the clarinets.

Drones and Bellows - The Dancing Dog
The Danish folk ensemble is joined by Scots musician Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band)

Steiner Ofsdal - [pip]
Ofsdal pulls down all the flutes he has collected around the world and plays the in traditional and non-traditional settings, mostly solo, occasionally accompanied by percussion, guitars and lyre.

Kimmo Pohjonen - Sensitive Skin
Composer and accordionist Pohjonen is joined by a strong cast of Finnish and European musicians, plus Kronos Quartet, on a series of his own compositions on this 2016 release.

Isglem - Null G
Norwegians Terje Isunset (percussion, voice, drums) and Karl Seglem (saxophone, goat horm voice) in a 1993 recording of new routes in Norwegian rhythm and noise.

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

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

various Finnish - Entiset Etniset
Historical direct disc recodings from 1935-1954 - 37 great tracks from the roots of recorded Finnish folk.

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.

Phonix - Live
The Danish folk-rock and jazz ensemble recorded live

Eivind Mo - Hardingfele
Archival recordings of Eivind Mo (1904–1995), hardingfele player of Telemark, Norway.

Kvarts - self titled first CD
norge, free reed, melodeon, fiddle, dobro, norway norge nordic nordan scandinavia europe, norwegian

Alfred and Mattias Bismo - Fele
The twin brothers Bismo were born in 1918 in Bismo, Skjak, Norway. This CD includes 27 tunes recorded by NRK (Norwegian national radio) in the 1970s and 80s.

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 8 - Ancient Swedish Pastoral
Performers: Karlsson, Anna / Lisslass, Elin / Edvardsson Johansson, Karin / Larsson, Tjugmyr Maria / Moraeus, Anna

Filippo Gambetta - Andirivieni
The Italian accordionists 3rd recording exoplores his Ligurian traditions as well as Nordic, Balkan, Celtic, French and classic music with Claudio de Angeli (acoustic guitar) and Riccardo Barbera (bass) and various assembled guests.

Glima - Taran
Tårån is the work of three Norwegian artists, Helene Waage, Ragnhild Knudsen, Torunn Raftevold Rue, on cello, hardangar fiddles and viola, stretching the boundaries of folk music traditions in exciting and subtle ways.

Bukkene Bruse - Spel
Selected live recordings from the group's '03 Norwegian national tour features some guest appearances by the classical string quartet Vertavo, joining Lien and her ensemble in a new series of adventurous interpretations of traditioanal and original Nordic music.

Karl Seglem - Nye Nord
Karl Seglem is described as one of the most innovative musicians and composers in Norway. This 2002 release features a larger than usual ensemble in a broad and exciting sound.

Kaetter Quartet - Den sidste schottish - Live
The Danish folk, jazz and rock ensemble recorded live at the Tarm Festival

various - Harmonikutururin 10 ár
Harmonikutúrurin is a result of an accordion trip with the passenger ship Norrøna. For several years this special music and dancing tour of the islands has been very popular among the passengers, and this CD gves you a bit of the feel of this Faroese ocean voyage, without the beer or the swells.

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.

Hans Togersen Haugen - Fele
The music of Norwegian fiddler Hans Tøgersen Haugen of Susendal was captured on tape in the summer of 1955 by Rolf Myklebust for national Norwegian radio.

Sväng - Schladtzshe
The Finnish harmonica quartet strikes again. "Schladtzshe!" is both a swear and a toast. The band explains it: "Brothers! Let us make our mistakes with pride, for life otherwise is a mere collection of irrational occurrences. Let us empty our abundant, if sometimes bitter, drink with joy!" You'll just have to listen.

Habadekuk - Kaffepunch
The second recording by this dynamic Danish roots mini-big band follows up their epic Hopsadaddy rather brilliantly, with more great brass, strings and reeds, some new attitude and solid musicianship, as expected.

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

various - Landskappleik:Hallingtimen
This CD was made to commemorate the national competition in folk music in Norway called Landskappleiken and includes various traditional music from the mountain district of Hallingdal, were the competition was held in 2007.

Karl Skaarup with Kristian Bugge - Musiker/Musician
Traditional Danish folk music presented by an 85 year old master on the accordion, accompanied by fiddle

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

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.

Kirsten Bråten Berg - Songen
The legendary Norwewgian singer's 2010 recording features a fantastic ensemble including Annbjørg Lien, Arild Andersen, Stian Carstensen, Bjørn Ole Rasch, and Leiv Solberg

Mynsterland - Mynsterland
A young group of Danish string players, singers and a clarinetist tackle a wide-ranging set of songs and tunes from Back to Nickel Creek on fiddles, cello, reeds, guitar and bass.

Sula, with Andy Irvine - Over Seas
Eskil Romme, Rod Sinclair, Erling Olsen and their special guest Andy Irvine present 11 songs and tunes from Celtic and Scandinavian music traditions, blended to find their common historical background

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

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

Moldestad and Merete Kroken - Spindel
Norwegian fiddlers Sigrid Moldestad and Liv Merete Kroken present a traditional repetoire for the hardangar (hardingfele) and standard fiddle, with some some accompaniment on bass, percussion and keyboards.

Instinkt - Grum
Hard hitting folk-roots-and-rock from one of Denmark's hot young bands, grinding it out on fiddles, bass, drums, flutes, drejelire, bratch, jewsharp and more.

Sussie Nielsen - Pigens Morgen
The Danish singer's 2006 release of Danish and Irish folk songs, accompanied by piano, bass, harp, violin, bouzuki, bagpies, etc.

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

Trygve Bolstad - Aleis
These contemporary recording of Trygve represent an older fiddling tradition with a personal style in modulation, ornamentation, and tone shading. Through his fiddling we experience a rich folk tradition and Valdres music at its best.

Habadekuk - Mollevit
Here's the 10th Anniversary recording from one of Denmark's best folk big-bands, pulling out the stops on traditional Danish fiddle tunes arranged for fiddles, brass, percussion, keyboards, bass and accordion.

Kristian P. Åsmundstad - a synge gamalt
Recordings by the Norwegian folk-singing legend made in 1937,1954 and 1959 by NRK (Norwegian national radio). He was one of the most significant singers from Gudbrandsdalen, Norway and has had an impact a lot of contemporary young performers of the tradition.

Tumult - Aldrig får jeg fred
The Third recording by the Danish folk-rock ensemble is by far the most broad in scope, and complete in execution. From hard rockers to folk ballads, their never miss a beat as they forge ahead.

JPP - Live in Duluth (2 CD set)
A live concert in Duluth with one of Finland's most famous folk ensembles, and certainly the band that has single-handedly made Finnish folk fiddling an international fascination.

Phønix featuring SangKa - Groovy Guzheng
Yes, a terrible title, in my opinion, for a really fine recording. Here is one of the leading Danish folk bands collaborating, quite closely, with a Chinese guzheng player, and making it all work.

Ofsdal/Berg/Jacobsen - Seljefloyta
Well-known Norwegian artists Steinar Ofsdal, Hallgrim Berg and Hans Fredrik Jacobsen expore the sound of the seljefløyta, the willow flute, in a recording of solo folk pieces recorded in 1997.

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.

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.

Arto Jarvela - On the Coast (Arto Plays the fiddle, Vol. 3)
The thrid in Arto Järvelä's series of fiddle solo recordings tracing the history of the music in Finland. 19 more tunes by the master musician. Notes in English as well as Finnish.

Norstrand - Norstrand
This jazz inflected quintet from Denmark interprets the old folk songs of Inger Lauritzen from the village of Lønstrup. Led by vocalist Mathilde Faldborg Sørensen, the ensemble plays violin, saxophone, piano and bass.

Spillemand! - musik fra Carl Nielsens barndom
Danish fiddlers Christoffer Thorhauge Dam and Nikolaj Forskov play tunes and songs associated with the childhood of Carl Nielsen, one of Denmark's most noted composers to celebrate his 150th birthday.

Jienat - Mira
An exploration of Sami roots that is totally non-traditional, completely global and thoroughly original. Composed, arranged and recorded by Norwegian musician Andreas Fliflet, the musicians and singers on this project explore the world to find new ways to express old emotions and ideas.

Leif Aasane - Bygutt
From Kongsberg in Buskerud, he had his roots in the municipality of Flesberg, Numedal. Leif's father played the hardanger fiddle, too, so he was steeped in the round dance tradition from an early age, and became a fiddler through the influence of Ole Nærlieie (1887–1955). This is a collection of recordings made by NRK (Norwegian national radio).

Henrik Jansberg - Signatur
This is the debut CD by the young Danish violin virtuoso, presenting both traditional and contemporary music with sensitivity and swing. Tracks are solo or lighly accompanied by some of Denmark's best young musicians on violins, bass, concertina, guitar and percussion.

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.

Zenobia - Blot En Ild
The 2017 release by this Danish trio of women is an elegant set of 16 instrumental compositons and lyrical songs, some from classical texts, all original music set for accordion, piano and voices. The booklet contains full lyrics in Danish, and a synopsis of each song in English.

Rannok - Gammelt, Nyt, Lant og Blat
A Danish duo (abetted by some friends) delivers rough-hewn folk music with a lot of energy. Michael Graubaek on fiddle, viola, mandolin, baking paper and toe tapping; and Theis Langlands on piano and pump organ.

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

Hal Parfitt-Murray and Nikolaj Busk - Hal and Nikolaj
14 tracks of decidedly "new folk" from Denmark, played by two great musicians on violin, viola, mandolin, five-string guitar, voice, feet, grand piano, harmonium and accordion

Furnes, Holsen and Sandal - Hardingfele
Archival recordings of three oldtime fiddlers from Norway - Nils Furnes (1901-1990), Johannes Holsen (1910-1992) and Knut Sandal (1913-1964) - recorded by Norwegian national radio NRK.

Trio THG - Tungen ud af vinduet
The trio of Andreas Tophoj on violin, Sigurd Hockings on guitar, and Michael Graubaek on violin stick their "Tongue Out of the Window" on this excellent new folk disc from Denmark.

Dreamers' Circus - Second Movement
The Danish trio (Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin; Ale Carr, cittern; Nikolaj Busk, piano & accordion) returns with their second recording of cross-genre folk music. Guests include a folk choir and The Danish String Quartet

Stine Michel - Natravn
The first recording by a fine Danish songwriter and vocalist, joned by an excellent band that includes a wide musical pallette of guitars, pedal steel, nyckelharpa, dobro, drums, percussion, bass, harmonium, Hammond organ, bozouki, flutes and more.

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.

various- Norway - Håvardspel - Slåttar Etter Håvard Gibøen
The music of the old Norwegian master performed by Gunleik Smedal, Høye Kvåle, Trygve O. Vågen, Eivind Mo, Olav S. Løndal, Olav K. Øyaland, Olav K. Øyaland and many other.

Sudan Dudan - Kari Og Ola
Norwegian duo of Marit Mattisgard and Anders E. Røine , now called Sudan Dudan, finally bring us a second recording, with old songs from Norwegian and Anglo folk traditions, played on guitars, langeleik (Norwegian zither), fiddle, banjo, mandolin and voices.

Various Faroese - Tradarbokin
Traðarbókin - Jógvan og Leifur Tróndarson is a 2 CD collection of field recordings of traditional Faroese music sung by brothers Jógvan and Leifur Tróndarson, recorded in the 1970s.

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.

Trio Mio - Pigeon Folk Pieces
The second effort by the Danish tro led by violinist Kristine Heeboll with Jens Ulvsand on bouzouki and guitar and Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion. A touch of the contemporary avant garde meets the deeply traditional folk in a recording that is .

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.

Unni Boksasp - Songar frå Havdal
The artist says: 'On my ongoing musical journey, Magnhild Almhjell's songs have always been shining like stars. Both because they are comforting in their familiar use of our mutual local dialect, but also because every song is touched by Magnhild and turned into shining gold. I always strive to do as much as possible of what she does in her songs ­ the way singers often do with their most precious sources.'

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).

Elof and Wamberg - 12 'Ornli' syge tracks for'ukulele og kontrabas!
Danish music, jazz and more for upright bass (and occasional violin) and ukelele. That's it. Simple, musical fun by two great musicians.

Annbjørg Lien - Khoom Loy
2012 release by the Norwegian fiddler, produced by Bjørn Ole Rasch and featuring a fine group of guests including Pat Broaders, Per Hillestad, Per Elias Drabløs, Rolf Kristensen, Bjørn Charles Dreyer, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen, Bjørn Ole Rasch and Orsa Spelmän.

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.'

JPP - Skywire - Taivaankansi
The fiddling Finns return with a 2015 recording that brings their usual mix of great traditional tunes and a heavier emphasis on compositions by members and friends. Highly recommended!

Lunau - Når engle danser
Danish folk-rock and acoustic pop with a little edginess, played by Katrine Munk Rasmussen on cello, Peter Sund on acoustic guitar, dobro and harmonica and Trine Lunau on accordion and vocal.

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.

Aamos - Caravan
A Norwegian-Shetland collaboration, Aamos presents new folk music with a flair for good melodies, fine arrangements and an uncanny sense of timing. Kevin Henderson on fiddle; Mark Laurenson on fiddle and mandolin; and Vidar Skrede on guitar and stomp board.

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.

Serras - Second Hand
This is the second recording by the Danish fusion-folk ensemble Serras, whose members span the Danish folk music scene as players in bands like Puls, Haugaard and Hoirup, Sorten Muld and many others.

Kvarts, Opheim, Myhren and Mistereggen - Skal, skal ikkeje
Music for a Norwegian folk-theater production by the ensemble Kvarts with Berit Opheim, Øyonn Groven Myhren, Birger Mistereggen.

Maria Kalaniemi - Vilda rosor (Wild Rose)
The 2010 release by the Finnish free-bass button accordionist delves into Finnish-Swedish folk roots, accompanied by a wonderful ensemble including Pekka Lehti, Arto Järvelä, Eero Grundström, Olli Varis and many other great Finnish musicians.

Ole Olsen Fykse - Religiøse folketonar
Born in 1879 in Fykse, Kvam on the north side of the Hardanger fjord in Norway. This is a collection of religious songs, sung a capella by Fyske in various locations, that exemplify the church music of the region form the early part of the 20th century. Excellent nots in English and Norwegian.

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

various artists: Norway - Norske Turdansar 5 - Turdansar Frå Trøndelag
performers: Einar Olav Larsen; Vegar Vårdal; Hilde Sørnæs; Geir Egil Larsen; Einar Olav Larsen Trio

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?'

Gabriel Fliflet - Åresong
The Norwegian singer and accordionist strikes again in 2011 accompanied by musicians like Benedicte Maurseth, Kristoffer Chelsom Vogt, Stein Urheim, Per Jørgensen, on guitars, percussion, bass, horns, fiddles, voices and more. While it lacks the sheer madness of the Fliflet-Hamre recordings of the 90s, it's just as exploratory and adventurous, with a touch of romanticism. Highly recommended.

Phonix - Folk
Danish folk-rockers present a studio album for 2007 where the unique sound of the quartet (accordion, bass clarinet, percussion and vocals) is in sharp focus, but with many guest artists adding color and depth. Phønix offers a very original and personal expression

Kefir Kvartet - Kefir
Unusual new music produced in a folk-rooted tradition, but a full out experiment in mixing unique new sounds with the old. Instruments include bouzouki (Greek and irish), guitar, percussion, violin, melodica, cittern and bass. Highly recommended for the adventurous ear.

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.

Sula - Fastland
The music is from the whole north Atlantic area… reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, hopsas and powerful songs. Rod Sinclair (Scotland) sings and plays guitar and 5-string banjo. Eskil Romme (Denmark) plays accordion, saxophone and pipes. Erling Olsen (Denmark) is a fiddler in the traditional Nordic style.

Goran Mansson & Friends - Ol'jansa
The friends being Emma Ek Ahlberg, Patrik Kallstrom, Karin Nakagawa, Martin von Schmalensee and Olof Jonsson, in a lively set of songs, tunes, dances and compositions that set Månsson's many flutes against ensemble arrangements with fiddle, pump organ, guitar, melodica, koto, bass, percussion and some documentary recordings used as a starting point for new interpretations.

TrioTinus - Trio Tinus
Traditional Danish dance music inspired by the legendary dance band Æ'Tinusser. The trio is Carl Erik Lundgaard: cromatic accordion, mouth organ; Anders Ringgaard: trombone and Vagn Dahl Hansen: piano.

Ragnhild Furebotten Trio - Finally waltz
Music from Northern Norway with Ragnhild Furebotten ( fiddle) with Frode Haltli (accordion) and Gjermund Larsen (cello and viola). With this recording Norwegian fiddler Furebotten delivers an exciting debut under her own name, in a decidely contemporary style of folk music.

Nordafjells - General
From Oppdal and Lalm in Norway, this fine quartet of accordions, fiddle and bass moves in a similar circle to Finland's JPP, playing traditional dance music with new energy, verve and a bit of humor. There's no fusion or flash, just solid musicianship offered for the simple joy of playing the tunes. A short bonus video shows off that humorous side.

Haugaard and Hoirup - Om Sommeren
The third studio recording by the Danish duo is every bit as wonderful as the previous ones. Harald Haugaard's fiddle playing just gets better and Morten Alfred Høirup's guitar work is, as always, superb. The bonus on this release: Morton sings on a few tracks, his husky, heartfelt vocals adding another fine touch to the duo's work.

various (Norway) - Våkenatt for Hardanger
various Norwegian singers and musicians offer their "Vigil for Hardangar" in many different styles from pop to traditional folk. Artists include: Ole Paus, William Hut, Herborg Kråkevik, Åsne Valland Nordli, Herborg Kråkevik and Anne Grete Preus, Nils Petter Molvær, Bjarne Brøndbo, Ove Thue, Einar Mjølsnes, Sondre Bratland.

Haugaard and Hoirup - Rejsedage/Travelling (CD/DVD)
The 7th album of the Danish violin-guitar duo of Harald Haugaard and Morten Alfred Høirup is a celebtation of their 10th anniversary of working together, a CD and DVD set that is as wonderful as anything they have done. They are my friends as well as great musicians, and so I am highly biased, but nonetheless, this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (DVD is NTSC/North America format)

Einar Olav Larsen Trio - Lysblain
A Norwegian repertoire based on elegant fiddling and restrained piano with acoustic bass. Einar Olav Larsen, Fiddle; Daniel Trostrup Røssing, Piano; Audun Larsen, Accustic Bass

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.

Moldestad, Mjolsnes, Hogemo - Gamaltnymalt
Three outstanding fiddlers developing traditions into something real new. Sigrid Moldestad, Einar Mjølsnes and Håkon Høgemo are essential performers of the Norwegian fiddle tradition, and here they present their music on the 5-string hardingfele (hardangar fiddle), creating a potent and formidable sound! This recording was awarded the Norwegian 'Spellmannprisen' in 2005.

Lydom, Bugge and Høirup - Gangspil
Sonich Lydom (accordion and harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar and vocal) play in a straight ahead style with traditional melodies and great musicianship as the central goal. They call it 'extreme luxury folk.'

Per Saemund Bjorkum - Berg og Vatn
A super recording of Norwegian newly-composed folk music, led by violinist Per Sæmund Bjørkum, with harpist Tone Hulbækmo, organist Kåre Nordstoga, bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr and fiddler Oystein Rudi, in a tribute to two central musicians from the North-Gudbrandsdalen area: Pål Skogum and fiddler-historian Torger Olstad.

various, Norway - Norsk Brygg
A nice collection of "new routes" from Norway, some old, some new, from a 1979 chestnut to 2011 "up and coming" music. Valkyrien Allstars, String Sisters, Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag, Blåmann Blåmann, Tre Nyhus, Gjermund Larsen Trio, Dvergmål, Åse Teigland, Sven Nyhus Kvartett, Slinkombas, Bruvoll And Halvorsen, Bukkene Bruse and others

Afenginn - Opus
With mandolin, violin, clarinet, bass and drums, the Danish ensemble Afenginn have combined their roots in Scandinavian folk with the rhythms of Balkan music. On Opus, they move ever forward, with a bigger, almost orchestral sound, and a big vision for their music that spreads out over two CDs and over 80- minutes of rich, complex music.

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.

Instinkt - Hur
New-folk music ensemble from Denmark edges towards rock without ever crossing the line into pure pop. Heavy on the fiddles, with a generous supply of hurdy-gurdy, flutes, and viola, and backed up with a rock-solid rhythm section, this is primarily an instrumental recording, supported by the occasional fine vocal.

Camilla Granlien and Kristin Sevaldsen - Aftenstemning
From Norway, traditional singer Camilla Granlien and saxophonist Kristin Sevaldsen join together for an unusual collaboration, titled in English, "Evening Mood." The songs are new melodies and arrangements of poems by Bjorn Bjornson, accompanied by Morten Reppesgård, Harald Skullerud and Jo F. Skaansar.

Einar Londal - Londalsspel - Hardingfele
Einar Løndal is a contemporary old master of the Norwegian hardingfele (hardangar fiddle) whose family has pretty much defined one of the recognized regional styles of playing. He presents 17 traditional tunes, recorded by Norwegian national radio NRK. The audio includes some of his comments on the tunes (in Norwegian, translated into English in the accompanying booklet).

Jørgen Nyrønning - Jorgen Nyronning
Jørgen Nyrønning is a young star fiddler from Holtålen Røros. Driving rhythm, combined with abandoned tonality and play style makes this a wonderful recordings from Røros area. As Jorgen himself says it: On the record, I picked out my favorites- mostly 1800s rock 'n roll music from the islands and the surrounding district.

Poul Lendal - Onskebarn
Poul Lendal has been at the center of the Danish folk music scene for 35 years and is often called The Godfather of Danish Folk. And yet it is 2005 and he is only now presenting his first solo recording, Ønskebarn, with 23 of his musician and singer friends joining him on 22 tracks.

Svøbsk - Sig Mig
Svøbsk are the Danish duo of Jørgen Dickmeiss (violin, guitar, vocal) and Maren Hallberg Larsen (accordion). They are well known in Denmark as soloists and as members of Tumult and Stafivia. The name comes from a traditional dance popular in Denmark and many parts of Western Europe. The sound is sometimes rough and rugged, sometimes elegant and flowing, and it is played with spirit and skill. Recommended.

Lunau and Sund - Prinsen af bjerget
This duo of voice and guitar offers old traditional and modern original songs, played with fire and grace, accompanied lightly by other instruments. Trine Lunau's voice is a revelation, and Peter Sund's guitar playing is marvelous. The notes include full text of all the songs (in Danish only)

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.

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.

Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste - Sounds of the Nordic Islands II (Pohjala saarte haaled)
Saxophonist Villu Veski and accordionist Tiit Kalluste (both from Estonia) explore jazz and folk music through original compositions and improvisation. They are joined on this second expedition by Raimonds Macats (harmonica, vocals and keyboards), 'Mamba' Abdissa Assefa (percussion) and Taavo Remmel (bass)

QQQ - Unpacking The Trailer
QQQ unspools folk music from a place where bluegrass, Norwegian wedding marches, progressive rock, and post-minimalism have merged into a funky, engaging hybrid. Dan Trueman plays the Hardanger fiddle, Monica Mugan is on classical guitar, Beth Meyers on viola and Jason Treuting does the drums and percussion.It is a wild and decidedly non-traditional mix, yet the music still sounds ancient and rooted.

Ragnhild Furholt - Lån meg vengjene
With a single exception, all the tunes on this CD were collected by Ludvig Mathias Lindeman (1812­87). The song Hagbard og Signe was transcribed by O.M. Sandvik (1875­1976) after Svein Tveiten from Hovden, Setesdal, in 1919. 'I'm delving into the past, trying to uncover the myths and mysteries ­ that which lies hidden within the old stories and songs. How did people think in the old days, and how is it that the old legends, myths and songs are still alive and meaningful, even today?'

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.

Henrik Jansberg - Omnivor
The young Danish fiddler comes to 2007 with a full band and an insatiable appetite for new musical idea. Joined by his own tourning band of violin, viola, guitars, mandolins, banjo, drums, percussion, nyckelharpa, dobro and doublebass with guests Christopher Davis Maack on violin and Sonnich Lydom playing harmonica and diatonic accordion.

Kirsten Braten Berg - Syng Du Mi Royst
Kirsten Bråten Berg's 2001 recording, 'Syng Du Mi Røyst,' is a contemporary work, with an ensemble of piano, percussion, guitar, bass (Arild Andersen), hardingfele, violin, viola d'amore and bouzouki. The roots are deep, but the sound is distinctly modern. Fans of Lena Willemark's jazz and modern recordings will find this irresistible.

Kari Bremnes - LY
LY (Shelter) features 11new songs spanning a wide range of ideas, visions and musical temperament. Bremnes looks into the nooks and crannies of life, writing about how she sees the world through her eyes, the ugly and beautiful, light and dark,anger and love, about dancing, death, the fate of a strong woman on the polar island of Svalbard, and about finding warmth. In short, about seeking shelter. (In Norwegian)

Zenobia - Midnat
Zenobia is a Danish folktrio that plays well-known Danish folksongs and original compositions. With varied backgrounds in folk, jazz, popular song, Argentine tango, the trio of Louise Støjberg - vocal; Mette Kathrine Jensen - accordion; and Charlotte Støjberg - piano offer a unique and subtle new music.

Eirnar Olav and Gjermund Larsen - Sottenpassingen
Don't be decieved by the cover, these two musicians are from the latest generation of young fiddlers from Verdalen, Norway - Eirnar Olav born in 1979, Gjermund in 1981. Spoon fed the music by their fiddler father, they both moved through the musical schools of Norway, formal and informal, often studying with some of the notable old-timers of the region, including many sessions with Hilmar Alexandersen before his death in 1993.

Unaja (Jutta Rahmel and Maija Pokela) - Unaja
Rahmel and Pokela play the kantele, the Finnish folk zither than has over the years expanded into a large instrument for playing all kinds of music from classical to jazz as well as folk. Both women are members of the ensemble Kardemimmit, and this is their first CD as a duo. Most of these 10 tracks are voice and kantele, with occasional additional guests adding throat singing on one track, and percussion on 2 others.

Kvarts - Steinsprang
The Norwegian new-trad quartet returned in 2009 with this mareklous group of interpretations of tradition. Three of the tunes here are composed by group members, the remainder are traditional Norwegian folk tunes from east, west, north and south. The members' musical backgrounds range from classical to contemporary, via bluegrass and blues to Norwegian folk.

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)

Impuls Trio - Bugge, Vinther and Bæk
Although all three are well established in other groups and as soloists, this is the first recording by the Danish trio of Kristian Bugge (violin), Jesper Vinther (accordion) and John Bæk (guitar, mandolin and vocals). They present a mix of tunes from old manuscripts, popular Danish folk dances and some original compositions. Listen

Ola Boe - Hardingfelespel Frå Vestre Slidre
Hardangar fiddler Ola Bøe (1910-1986) lived in Vestre Slidre (western valley of Valdres in Norway). His father, a noted fiddler himself, passed on the family tradition. Ola Bøe was an exceptional dance fiddler, and won the National Championship in 1969. These recordings (issued by Heilo in 1999) were made by the national radio in the 1950s and 60s.

Abild - Methea
Methea (Mette Marie Jacobsen) was the daughter of a Danish businessman in the 1760s. For her 16th birthday, her father has a musician from odense make her a music book. Abild has taken the music from that book and recreated it for a modern folk quartet of violins, keyboards, accordions, mandolin, guitar and bratsch.

Trio Mio - Stories around a holy goat
Trio Mio continue to explore their Danish/Swedish connection with Kristine Heebøll Violin, backing vocals - Nikolaj Busk Piano, accordion, harmonium, melodica, pumporgan backing vocals, and Jens Ulvsand, Flat back bouzouki, guitar, vocals. This is the third and best recording so far by this remarkable ensemble. Highly Recommended.

Trad.Attack! - Kullakarva - Shimmer Gold
This Estonian band uses tradition as a jumping off point for a vocal infused, high energy folk music that jusmps into the same territory as Hedningarna and Varttina. They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums and an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew’s harps.

Gunner Friis - Kalejdoskop
Gunner Friis is considered a pearl among pearls of Danish folk musicians, a fiddler who still regularly plays traditional music for dances around the country. Kaleidoscope presents a series of recordings, some solo, most with some of the musicians who hold him in high esteem. The CD was created as a gift to Gunner Friis on his 60th birthday in 2005.

Trias - Trias
A swinging new Danish folk quartet. They play raw folk music and modern swing jazz, all with a Danish outlook. Christopher Thorhauge - Violin, viola; Jonas Kongsted - Violin, viola; Rasmus Nielsen - Violin, piano; Søren Østergaard - Bass

Jansberg - Terra Nova
Danish fiddler Henrik Jansberg explores new territories with his self-named band. All tracks have been developed in close collaboration with producer Søren Brylle, based on Henrik Jansberg's strong melodies with roots in folk music. They move from traditional folk to modern turmoil, hard-pumped technobass to country-cruise reels, danceable ballads and even a tribute to Shetland.

Fromseier+Hockings - Flot Gevir
A 7 song EP of great music for guitar and fiddle by Ditte Fromseier Mortensen and Sigurd Hockings. This is their debut as an impulsive and playful duo. Old swinging traditional tunes and songs are combined with Ditte and Sigurd's new compositions to make this a solid piece for Danish folk music fans.

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.

Svang - Sväng
Sväng offers a fresh and unusual take on Finnish folk and popular styles like the tango, and on Balkan, Swedish and completely original folk music, by using only the mouth harp, the harmonica, in forms small and large, the chromatic, diatonic, harmonetta and bass. The members of the ensemble are all well respected in various musical worlds in Finland. The music runs the gamut from moody to raucous, from the sumblime to the comical, from the subtle to the outright jaunty.

Bark and Blik - Vildskud
Yet another band that features the brilliant Kristine Heeboll. The four musicians share a background from Odense's Music Conservatory and each bring their unique experiences from the different bands with whom they play. They started in 2014 as a continuation of the group Over Sundet, which has been on the Danish folk music scene since 2006. Heebøl is on violin, with Siri Iversen on clarinet and bass clarinet, Cecilie Strange on the saxophone and Simon Krebs on guitar

Karuna - Hyvaa Matkaa
Karuna perform new Finnish folk music primarily with three keyboard instruments: Esko Järvelä plays the nyckelharpa, Juha Kujanpää the piano) and Teija Niku the accordion). The music on Hyvää matkaa (bon voyage) consists of original tunes strongly influenced by Scandinavian folk music, but given a thoroughly modern reading. Guest musicians add percussion, guitar and bass on a few tracks.

Basco - The Remarkable Return of Old Man Basco
They are back. They just can't stop making new recordings, it seems. The return of the Danish quartet of Ale Carr - Cittern, Andreas Tophøj - violin, viola; Hal Parfitt Murray - violin, viola; Anders Ringgaard Andersen - accordion, trombone plus a roomful of special guests including the horn section "Big Basco", violinist David Boulanger, and vocalist Julie Hjetland. Just go listen.

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.

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.

Serras - Stand clear of the closing door - please
The third recording by this remarkable Danish folk-rock band. Produced by Morten Alfred Høirup and guest starring Magnus Stinnerbom and members of the traditional Daish folk group Lang Linken. Harald Haugaard - violin; Hans Mydtskov - saxophone; Sune Hånsbæk - guitar, Mads Riishede - bass, Sune Rahbek; drums, percussion.

Mallebrok - Levende Brav
They say they are 'crossing new borders between folk music, experimental electronica, jazz inspirations and pop.' Founded in 2014, he band consists of experienced musicians from folk music, medieval music, electronica and big band jazz, so they have grounds for their appraisa This is not medieval music with electronics nor Scandinavian folk music with eastern hand drums and trombone. It is something that is quite different.

Onkelfolke - Kasta Beinet
Onkelfolke is another good example of the new-folk-wave in contemporary Norway. They play new compositions based on the traditions of their home regions of Nordmøre, Rogaland and Vest-Agder, sometimes combining regional influences into something genuinely new and unique to modern Norway. Folk songs, ballads, springar, pols and halling dance tunes find a new lift in the skilled hands of these musicians playing accordion, flute, guitar, hardinfele, percussion and voices.

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.

Fiddling Faroes - Føroysk Løg
Poul Bjerager Christiansen and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen bring two generations of Faroese fiddling together in both traditional and contemporary settings, accompanied by organ, voices and more. Listen | Listen

Tumult - Den Bagvendte
Their fourth CD, in their usual great style, the band invites everybody to join them in a party and in a moment of reflection. Hip, Danish folk music from the musical underground, where diverse genres float naturally together. Tumult's contagious joy and dedication lead the way in a number of fresh songs. The band has also dusted off a couple of old folk songs, which are revived and breathe the characteristic twist of Tumult.

Stine Michel - Frejas Viser
Singer Michel is joined by a fine band of Danish folk and modern musicians: Gustaf Ljungren: mandolin, clarinet, tenor guitar; Perry Stenbäck: guitar, nyckelharpa, dobro; Nikolaj Busk:keyboards, accordions, harmonium; Hal Parfitt-Murray: violin, cello, bratsch, mandola; Morten Lundsby:bass; Jesper Uno Kofoed: drums and percussion

The Secret North - LIVE
The Secret North brings together 6 world-class musicians from Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland: Ailie Robertson on harp; Ale Carr on cittern; Donald Grant on fiddle; Kieran Munnelly on flutes, whistle and bodhran; Niall Vallely on concertina; and Nikolaj Busk on piano and keyboards. The set is 6 long tracks performed and recorded live in Glasgow.

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.

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.

Mats Eden - Struling
The great Varmland fiddler's first solo recording. It features lots of great solo fiddling from Eden (and a bit of accordion, too), plus ensemble work with a then-as-now all-star cast of musicians: Tina Johansson, Ellika Frisell, Rickard Astrom and Stefan Ekedahl offering percussion, violin, piano and cello. The music runs from strict traditional Swedish tunes to a tribute to Gambian musician Alagi M'Bye. This was cutting edge when it was made, and it is still unique and powerful music all these years later.

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.

Kásir - Chilling on a Sunday
The Denmark-based trio plays bodhran, accordion, whistles, guitar, mandolin and vocals, joined on some tracks by piano, fiddle or bass, in a set of 11 mostly original tunes based on Irish tradition. Oisin Walsh - bodhrán and shaker; Rune Cygan Barslund - accordion and whistles; Aske Fuglsang Ruhe - guitar, vocals and mandolin

Soren Krogh - Krogh synger Aakjær
Danish guitarist, singer and songwriter accompanied by a small ensemble of accordion, violins, mandolin, etc. The songs are based on the history and writings of 19th Century Danish agrarian and political rabble-rouser Jeppe Aakaer. His songs are much in the same spirit of his hero, poet Robert Burns, writing of country life and the comman worker with grit, melancholy and humor. (And FYI: the songs are all sung in Danish.)

Fin Alfred - Sange fra min vandring
Songs from my Travels: 60 years of singing traditional Danish songs and ballads" is a wonderful presentation of classic folk songs from Denmark. In 2009 Fin Alfred is celebrating his 60th anniversary as a traditional singer by releasing his 20th album and by touring in Denmark with his son, guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup. They are accompanied on the CD by Anders Hofset (bass) and Claus Fossing (drums).

Gjermund Larsen Trio - Aurum
One of the young lions of Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, Larsen creates a folk-rooted but modern music. He is joined on this recording by Andreas Utnem - piano; and Sondre Meisfjord - bass. Larsen has composed all the songs, and although traditional music provides his main source of inspiration, he doesn't compose in a strictly traditional style, being influenced by Baroque music, jazz, contemporary music, pop, rock, bluegrass and other Scandinavian folk music.

Enekk - Medan vit naerkast jordini
Meðan vit nærkast jørðini can be translated as 'While we approach the earth' - With music by Kári Sverrisson and Óli Olsen and lyrics by Kári Sverrisson, Federico García Lorca, Snorri Hjartarson and Arseniy Tarkovsky, the ensemble searches for common ground between their folk roots, art music and jazz, and succeed as never before. 'Quite frankly, I can hardly imagine any better release this year than this one by Enekk... Those who already know Enekk will no doubt enjoy [this] whilst those who are yet to discover the best band in the Faroes now have the opportunity... This is Enekk at its best.' - Jón Tyril, Fregnir

Skruk - Starry crowns in heaven
The Norwegian vocal group performs playful and exciting arrangements of American gospel and spirituals and has enlisted legendary conductor Samuel Carver Davenport from New Orleans to help refine and polish their performance of these songs. All the songs are for choir a cappella, and several arrangements are written by another legend of spirituals, Moses Hogan, a personal friend of Davenport. He writes in a dense and spectacular style, exploiting the many ways language can be used to help the music swing.

Elof and Wamberg - Byen Sover
This Danish duo of ukelele and upright bass strikes again. The album "Byen sover" (The City is Sleeping) includes a collection of compositions that revolve around the theme of 'The City.' Tobias Elof on the ukulele and vocals, and Nicolaj Wamberg on the bass, violin, vocals, piano; occasionally joined by Miriam Ariana on violin and viola, and Jeppe Koefoed Starcke on the pandeiro (frame drum).

Zenobia - Fra Fynske Kyster - Zenobia spiller Carl Nielsen
Zenobia is a Danish folk trio, that plays both well known Danish folk songs and modern compositions. The music embraces elements of folk, jazz and tango. For their 2013 release, the trio interprets a wide range of songs from the famous Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

Habadekuk - Hopsadaddy
The idea of fusing a brass section to a folk group is hardly a new one - think New Orleans street bands, Balkan brass, Hazmat Modine's NY harmonica and tuba blues, Sweden's Filarfolket or British folk-brassers Bellowhead. But this is as fine an example as any of them, the Danish roots flowing naturally into not only a traditional dance band sound, but also into rock and jazz and R&B. Modern dance music from ancient roots? Their motto is "We blow you away." Indeed. Highly Recommended!

Dwight Lamb, Jensen and Bugge - Live in Denmark 2010
American one-row accordionist Lamb and Danish duo Mette Kathrine (five-rowed accordion) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle) present more than 100 years of their musical and family history - from Vendsyssel DK to the Northern USA and back again. They are joined on some tracks by Vagn Dahl Hansen (piano) and Karl Skaarup (five-rowed accordion) in a wonderful set of live tunes from the tradition.

Baltic Crossing - Baltic Crossing
Baltic Crossing use their strong affinity for old dance music and respect for each others traditions to bring a new youthful energy to the folk music of Europe. Wherever they meet, at least one has to cross the Baltic Sea. The ensemble is Kristian Bugge (DK) on violin; Antti Jarvela (FI) on acocustic bass, mandolin, banjo; Esko Jarvela (FI) on violin, viola; Andy May (UK) on Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes and piano and Ian Stephenson (UK) on guitar, melodeon.

Trias - Efter Horisonten
Their second release. The band says: Efter Horisonten reflects our maturity which our music not always has been. "Efter Horisonten" has captured the spark of creativity, and together we have created our common expression.' Trias are: Søren Østergaard Pedersen Doublebas, Harmonium; Christoffer Thorhauge Dam Violin, Viola, Harmonium; Rasmus Nielsen Piano, Guitar, Harmonium; Jonas Kongsted Violin, Viola, Mandolin

Carl Erik Lundgaard - To-rader på Dansk (Two Row Danish)
At the age of 14, Carl Erik Lundgaard started his professional career as a musician. 35 years later Carl Erik is still going strong, giving a special priority to his solo career on the diatonic accordion. Carl Erik´s repertoire consists of traditional Danish folkmusic from the last several centuries as well as originally composed contemporary folk music.

Frode Alnaes, Arild Andersen, Stian Carstensen - Hostslov
The third in the seasonal song cycles by Norwegian jazz artists Stian Carstensen (accordion), Frode Alnaes (acoustic and electric guitars) and Arild Andersen (bass), Høstsløv explores autumn in original compositions and classics like Try To Remember, Vivaldis Host sequeing into Singing In The Rain, September Song, Harvest Moon, Autumn Leaves and many others from both American pop and Nordic traditions.

V.Poulsens Kapel - Fanden er los
The 2005 release of Fanden er løs celebrates the 25th anniversary of this marvelous traditional ensemble of piano, fiddle, mundharpe and accordion. Simple, straightforward dance tunes from Denmark are the order of the day, with a side of Quebec and Cape Breton to keep it sprightly. Un-affected folk music for dancing and listening by the trio of Valdenar Poulsen (aka Jes Kroman), Vagn Poulsen (aka Sonnich Lydom) and Vera Poulsen (aka Malene Daniel Beck).

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.

Woetmann - Nogne Fodder
The mandolin is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think Danish music, but Brian Woetmann and his band bring it to the front on 'Nøgne Fødder' (bare feet). A quartet named after the leader, Woetmann features mandolin (and its kin bouzouki and mandola), guitars, percussion, harmonica, accordion, cello and bass. Woetmann provides vocals on some tracks in Danish and English, and the whole thing wanbders through Danish folk, Irish dance tunes, and a good bit of American influences on a set of original and traditional songs.

Truls Ørpen - Spel under Norefjell (2 CDs)
Truls Ørpen (1880-1958) was from the region of Krødsherad, in Norway. He is considered one of the masters of hardingfele (hardangar fiddle), who in turn learned is craft from two earlier masters, Torkjell Haugerud and Gunnulf Borgen of Telemark. The first CD is music from Krødsherad and incluudes a video clip from the 50's. The second CD features music from Telemark and Numedal and ends with original compositions by Ørpen himself, eight tunes in some unorthodix tunings. These recordings are all from the archives of Norwegian radio NRK, recorded from the 1930s through the 1950s.

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.

Himmerland - The Spider in the Fiddle
The band calls it "New Danish music across styles, cultures and frontiers." A multi-culti band with roots in many parts of the world, they build a sophisticated sound with a small band. The members are Eskil Romme (sax), Ditte Fromseier (violin, vocal), Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar, vocal), Andrzej Krejniuk (electric bass) and Ayi Solomon (percussion). This is the RootsWorld's Music of the Month selection for December, 2014. (This CD was donated by the band to help support the magazine and radio program.)

Fionia Stringband - Rat for usodet / Rough N' Ready
Rustic and lively folk music including everything from polkas to lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes. The music is handpicked mainly from the Danish and Scandinavian repertoire with links to Québec and Cape Breton. The band is a meeting between two generations of folk musicians based on a shared passion for traditional melodies. The members consists of three of Denmark's best traditional musicians, fiddlers Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman and pianist Theis Langlands.

Kirstine Sand - Det dansende par
Debut CD by a fine young Danish fiddler, playing traditional Danish music witha lot of verve, joy and energy. The measure of respect she has already gathere din Demnark is evident in the list of guests who agreed to join her on this recording: Rasmus Zeeberg (guitar), Nikolaj Wamberg (double bass), Andreas Tophøj (violin), Charlotte Støjberg Scmidt (piano), Louise Støjberg (vocal), Kirstine Elise Pedersen (cello), Ditte Fromseier Mortensen (viola, violin).

Anja Praest Mikkelsen - Hemmeligheden / The Secret
Clarinetist from Phonix, Anja Præst Mikkelsen, stands out front for the first time on her own recording, although she is joined by fellow band members and other great musicians form the new folk movement in Denmark: Sigurd Hockings' Nikolaj Busk, Jesper Vinther, Ditte Fromseier Mortensen, Andreas Tophøj, Jakob Holdensen, Peter Sejersen, Rikke Lundorff, Kirstine Elise Pedersen, Rasmus Henriksen, Jesper Falch and Jes Kroman.

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.

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

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.

Morten Alfred Hoirup - Vingården
The Vineyard present six new melodies by Morten Alfred Høirup and three old ballads, played by folk-musicians from USA, Finland and Denmark. The very unusual and old Danish instruments used on many of the tracks give you a new version of this old European music as it might have sounded before it developed into what we today know as Danish traditional Folk music. Morten Alfred has created a name for himself throughout Scandinavia as a young rythm guitarist within a variety of genres: Danish, Celtic, American, French-Canadian and contemporary folk music.

Fenja Menja - Katten i Saekken
The affinity of the Celtic and Scandinavian musical traditions has frequently been demonstrated, not least by the transnational band Swåp. Danish quintet Fenja Menja also take up this theme on their second release, uneven not so much in musicianship as in aspiration. Is this band, named for twin ogresses of legend, a world-jazz act, a rock band, or new Scandinavian traditionalists?... Katten i Sækken" may leave you scratching your head a bit over placing its musical intent, but most of it will leave you in little doubt as to its success." - Jim Foley, RootsWorld

Serras - Ø
The fourth Serras album is entitled "Ø" - the Danish word for island. The new CD was composed and recorded in the hall of an old hotel. The surroundings, the tranquility and a very relaxed mood have had a huge impact upon the music, far more subdued compared to earlier albums. But there is still music here with the powerful expression that has always been their trademark. The band is growing up, developing subtlty and grace along with power and energy. Sune Rahbek : Drums, Harald Haugaard : Fiddle, Sune Hånsbæk : Guitar, Mads Riishede : Bass, Hans Mydtskov : Saxophone, Torben Sminge : Sound engineer

Morild - Dromte mig en drom
On Drømte mig en drøm Morild present Danish songs in new wrapping. In a blend of folk, jazz and modern grooves, the trio of musicians playing drums, bass, saxophone and keyboards (with guest fiddler Makiko Hirabayashi) interpret traditional songs - tales of faith, hope, love, life and death. This may be pretty smooth for the more 'folk' listener, but their mix of sharp instrumental skills and a fantastic lead singer, Anne Duehoim, help keep this recording from falling into a mainstream jazz trap.

Wimme and Rinne - Human
Two of Finland's bravest artists, Tapani Rinne and Wimme Sari, join forces again to explore the limits of human voice and human instruments. Based on the ancient Sámi joik singing, the two artists stretch the boundaries to find beauty, energy and occasionally, the dissonance of the music, propelled by Tapani Rinne's clarinets and electronic processing, aided on some tracks by additional voices, fiddle, piano or percussion. This was the Music of the Month pick in RootsWorld for July, 2017.

Vrang - SaeterSoul
Lee Blackstone writes, 'The Norwegian trio features Jon Hjellum Brodal, Tuva Faerden, and Maja Gravermoen Toresen on hardanger fiddles, fiddles, lyres, and the occasional mandolin. Their full-length debut is beautifully produced, with plenty of space and depth that let the low mellow tones of the hardanger fiddle grow and the sprightly lyres shine. They combine a minimalist approach and a sly pop sensibility. They can sometimes remind the listener of Groupa with tunes that nod to their coloring and percussive romps. Vrang sparkle, and they are a band full of promise.' This is the RootsWorld Music of the Month selection for May, 2017. Highly recommended!

Himmerland - New Roots Music from Denmark
Himmerland performs new Danish music composed by the five musicians of the band. These are some of the most experienced and traveling musicians from Denmark, all specialized in different genres like folk, world and jazz. All of the musicians are well-known in the Danish roots scene and play with some of the countries most respected groups including Haugaard and Høirup, Habbadam, Fiolministeriet, Afenginn, New Jungle Orchestra and Kryss. The muscians are Morten A Høirup (Guitar and Vocal), Ditte Fromseier Hockings (Violin and Vocal), Ayi Solomon ( Percussion), Andrzej Krejniuk ( Bas ), Eskil Romme (Sax)

Hal Parfitt-Murray and Nikolaj Busk - Music from the edge of the world
Hal Parfitt-Murray plays violin, viola, cello, oud, foot tapping, vocals, mandolin and mandola; Nikolaj Busk plays piano, harmonium, indian harmonium, accordion, foot tapping, Wurlitzer, synthesizer, melotron, musicbox, glockenspiel, toy piano, melodica and vocals. orogomal ideas, original performances by two of Denmark's best.

Oscar Hamry - Hardingspel Frå Vestre Slidre: Fairbault, Minnesota 1939
Oscar Hamry (Ola O. Reishagen) was the son of Ola Gudmundson Hamre from the tenant farm Hamro, belonging to Midtre Hande in Vestre Slidre. He was born in 1884, and spent his childhood years with his parents at Hamro. He had two brothers, also named Ola. Around 1900, one of the brothers bought the farm Reishagen. After a while Ola moved in there and adopted the farm's name. His other brother emigrated to the USA while still quite young and settled in Minnesota. In 1912 Ola married Ambjørg Sårrbu from Vang. They immediately emigrated to America, and later had a daughter.

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.'

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

Serras - Serras
Most of the members of Serras have their roots in styles of music other than traditional, but they all have a great interest in exploring, working with and expressing music emerging from their own culture. Harald Haugaard, the one in Serras most deeply involved with traditional Danish music, found a number of themes in old dusty music books from, among others, the clerk Rasmus Storm from the south Funen, the flautist Count Otto von Raben from Lolland and the Faeroese student of theology, Jens Christian Svabonius from Copenhagen. The band members have worked with many styles of music and still do. As a result, the music is characterised by this multitude of styles.

Dwight Lamb, Jensen and Bugge - Live in Denmark 2013 (Part Two)
Since their first CD in 2010 the fairytale with Dwight Lamb has continued and has taken trio trio far and wide. Jensen & Bugge went to Quebéc to play at a festival and at a restaurant in town Mette started talking to a Scottish accordion player. He started telling her a story that he had heard at a festival in California: two young Scandinavian musicians found an old forgotten treasure of a folk music repertoire out on the Midwest prairie.

Camilla Granlien Band - Jarnnetter
Two great poets from Lom: Tor Jonsson (1916–1951) and Olav Aukrust (1883–1929). Though their views of rural life were far apart, it held a great influence on them both. Tor Jonsson faced much hardship in his youth and came to be critical of the closely-knit rural society, while Olav Aukrust, a champion of religious and national causes, held a more positive view of rural communities, people and lifestyles. Differences notwithstanding, it is obvious from the titles and form of their poems that both drew inspiration from traditional music. We have set some of their poems to traditional tunes both old and recent, and included a few songs they might have heard at home.

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.'

Aslak O. Brimi og Hans W. Brimi - Blå september
Says Brimi the younger: 'My grandfather was regarded as a nice fellow by those who knew him. He had many close friends nationwide among people interested in folk music. The music and everything connected with it, was an important part of his life. I myself did not know Hans W. Brimi as a concert musician or a great fiddler. I started to play the fiddle too late for that, and when I got interested in earnest, he had put the fiddle on the shelf. I am sorry to admit never to have played with him. But there is a host of nice memories. To me he was Grandfather Brimi, the one who kept the kids on a straight line when we visited the farm. To me he will always be the Old Man with the wool cap put askew, or the one lying comfortably on the sofa in the old farm house. No one snored louder than Grandfather.'

Jorun Marie Kvernberg and Oyvind Sandum - Tidens losen
Jorun Marie Kvernberg (fiddle) and Øyvind Sandum (accordion) present Tidens løsen. This CD collects some of the many dance tunes from fiddler Ole P. Blø's (1920–2010) repertoire. Ole grew up on the farm Blø on Midøya, an island in the municipality of Midsund in the outermost part of Romsdalsfjorden. He grew up in the midst of a highly active fiddlers' scene. Gamaldans (Central European dance forms brought to Norway in the mid-19th century, e.g. polka, reinlender, waltz, mazurka) was the music at the time, accompanying the locals at dances and weddings and providing entertainment.

Okra Playground - Turmio
Finnish folk music can sound other-worldly. The country's folk-epic, "The Kalevala," is laced with charms and spells, and its impact on Finnish folk culture has been immense. One can hear its echoes in this new recording. Three female vocalists are up-front. Both play the kantele, strung over their shoulders for a twin-stringed attack that any heavy metal band would envy. The men in the band round out the contemporary sound with bass, synth, accordion and percussion. Comparisons to both Värttinä and Hedningarna are inevitable. Okra Playground has an organic, acoustic base, but they frequently add electronic enhancements so that their overall approach appeals to both traditionalists and experimentalists.

Miriam Ariana and Lene Høst - Vingefang
From the RootsWorld Review: Can a bustling Brazilian song and Swedish slangspolska happily coexist? Can a Denmark-based duo without a squeezebox do justice to a Dominquinhos song about a sensitive accordion? The answer seems to be "yes, indeed." Vingefang - Miriam Ariana (voice and strings) and Lene Host (voice, guitar and percussion) bring a clarity to their music that seems to demand the word "delightful." Whether it is their own compositions or a journey through the music of France, Denmark, Sweden and Brazil, they make it all their own, with only a gentle bit of assistance on two tracks, and a bit of overdubbing by the duo on a few others.... Ariana and Høst seem to know the value of simplicity and use it to great advantage on these eight tunes and songs. Vingefang is a delight.

Royst - Nordic Initiative
Røyst is a vocal quartet established in Leeds, England by four Norwegian singers - Kari Nergaard Bleivik, Therese Ulvan, Cecilie Giskemo and Maria Jardardottir - who perform original music written and arranged by the members of the group. The repetoire includes a wide-ranging group of styles - traditional Norwegian folk music, vocal jazz, improvisation in a traditional folk vein as well as avant garde free improv, interpretations of ethnic music from around the world and classical art music. The cohesion lies in the unique quality of the voices together, their interest in both tradition and experimentation, and their simple, joyous exhuberance.

Guldmus - Hvid Nat
Spanish guitar, cello and Danish lyrics are the audial pillars of the debut album Hvid Nat ("White Night"). The lyrics of Morten Musicus, vocalised by Mia Guldhammer, contain more light than darkness despite being centered around death and fear through 10 quiet, but swinging songs.Mia Guldhammer and Morten Musicus are both veterans in playing medieval music and folk songs, but this time they're exploring new paths - albeit their roots in the folk music of old are still present.Accompanying them is Swedish cellist Thommy Andersson, who has been a part of, among others, the New Jungle Orchestra for many years. Andersson contributes a mix of edge and presence to the album that compliments the duo particularly well.

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

Henning Andersen with Marit Mattisgard - Underlege makter
The songs of the church bells of Valdres, Norway, performed by this duo on voices, fiddles, jews harp, folk flutes, zithers and of course, the bells of Valdres themselves. The artists say: "The bells ring: From time immemorial the church bells have rung in to festival and feat, to sorrow and joy. For people here in Norway the church bells have been a sound and safe landmark for over a thousand years. Over the years they have served various purposes but primarily have been God's voice here on earth. They have summoned the congregation to church service, baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals. Gradually they gained other duties than the sacral as they were used to warn of war and mobilisation, accidents and catastrophes. The bells marked the passing hours, the start and end of the working day and the commencement of church holidays when tired bodies could rest."

Rannock - Rannock
Energetic polkas and atmospheric ballads hand-picked from the Danish repertoire as well as a few original compositions. Rannok delivers rustic and lively folk music, including everything from simple polka just like mamma played it to warm-hearted waltzes With a shared passion for traditional melodies, they offer a new take on their ancestors' music: contemporary interpretations interspersed with original tunes written with respect for the folk tradition. Traditional fiddler Michael Graubæk, and pianist Theis Juul Langlands (who plays a variety of musical styles and adds a modern approach to the traditional tunes) approach their music with an open mind to allow for lively, organic interplay.

Mattisgard and Røine - Sudan Dudan
Two well-respected young musicians from Norway, Marit Mattisgard and Anders E. Røine present their voices surrounded by the stark plucked and bowed sounds of guitars, langeleik (Norwegian zither), fiddle, banjo and mandolin, focusing on strong melodies that are traditional, yet brand new - unknown works found in archives and old transcripts or collected from living sources in remote mountain areas. Sudan Dudanoffers broadside ballads, comic ballads, lullabies and other traditional songs that they have subtitled "folk songs, terribly sad songs of lost love, bitter tears and a rambling father," in a unique and ultimately charming set of duets.

Tindra - Moder Norge
'Moder Norge' (Mother Norway') is the new album from the Norwegian female folk trio, a collection of vocal treasures from Rogaland - traditional folk songs with love, tragedy, fantasy and humour. The musicians are Tindra is Aashild Vetrhus (vocals), Jorunn Marie R. Kvernberg (violin / fiddle), and Irene Tillung Voss (accordion).The artists write: 'On the album Moder Norge, we wish to present folk music from Rogaland played our way. For many years, Ruth Anne Moen has collected, transcribed, and transmitted tunes and songs for the folk music archive in Rogaland. We owe her and her sources a debt of gratitude, as we've greatly enjoyed exploring the archive's collections in the development of this album.'

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."

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.

Over Sundet - Over Sundet
The Danish folk quartet performs lyrical interpretations of Scandinavian traditional and original tunes. Over Sundet means "Across the Sound", the body of water separating Denmark from Sweden, and the name refers to the fact that much of the band's inspiration is drawn from Swedish folk sounds. The band's sound is focused on the raw power of traditional music, but weaves in classical and jazz elements. The members of the band have backgrounds in classical, folk and jazz. IT has been said: "Over Sundet represents a completely new approach to music in Denmark, and they have succeeded in transcending habitual musical thinking and traditional generic boundaries" The musicians are Siri Iversen: clarinet, bass clarine; Cecilie Strange: tenor and soprano sax; Lea Havelund: cello and Simon Busk: percussion.

Sonnich Lydom and Morten Alfred Hoirup - Svip Svap Svovlstikke
Lydom (1 and 2 row diatonic accordion, harmonica) and Høirup (guitar/vocals) are both veteran performers on the Danish folk scene. They have each traveled the world with their music, recorded a number of albums and received a combined 9 Danish Music Awards. The album is named for an old dance tune from the island of Fanø. Lydom culled much of the music on the album from old tune collections and from archives at the Danish Institute of Folklore, music that has never before been recorded or published. Also on the album are three original tunes by Høirup, and three Danish songs. They are joine by Danish klezmer queen Channe Nussbaum on vocals, American fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld, Finnish jews harpist Tapani Varis and Danish fiddler Peter Gorm Sørensen, amongst others.

Alan Klitgaard - Regnens Harpe (The poetry of Halfdan Rasmussen and Ib Spang Olsens)
The Rain Harp' is not intended as songs but as poetry with the quite deliberate changes of rhythm and meter along the way that makes them alive and dynamic. Halfdan Rasmussen is not only a great poet, he is also an excellent craftsman. Musically these should be thought of as Danish, but that could very well be related to the songs and colors of Ireland, a theme or just an interval taken from the Irish musical tradition. Regnens Harpe is not folk music, and certainly not traditional music, but Alan has worked with the songs, as the traditional singer does: the song rather than the singer. Musicians are Rasmus Zeeberg (guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin), Palle Hjorth (piano, horgan), Steffan S. Sørensen (bas, violin), with many guests including Andy May, Dick Gaughan, Sonnich Lydom, Rosamelia Avila Andersen and many others.

Johanna-Adele Jüssi - Kiilid
"Kiilid" (Dragonflies) features the music of the violinist Johanna-Adele Jüssi, accompanied by Jo Einar Jansen (Norway), Sven Midgren (Sweden), Nicolaj Wamberg (Denmark) and Jalmar Vabarna (Estonia). Produced and recorded by Antti Järvela (Finland), the music is inspired by Estonian islands, Järvamaa and Denmark, her travels, the people she met on her way, and the marks they left, the truths that stuck to her. The song that shares the name of the album, "Kiilid", tells the story of dragonflies with dark blue wings, who fly above water bathed in the sun and remind us to be careful with what we wish for. Musicians: Johanna-Adele Jüssi - violin Jalmar Vabarna - acoustic guitar; Jo Einar Jansen - violin; Sven Midgren - violin; Taavet Niller - bass.

Tumult - Wallegnav
A creative mix of curious, melodies, colourful harmonies, heavy, sweating rhythms, and inspiration from various musi-cal styles is how they define new Danish folk music. Tumult consists of four experienced musicians from Odense with each an individual musical background and experience; a hardcore folk-fiddler and singer, a popular rock guitarist, a hardcore retro bass player and a groovy rock drummer. It is the meeting of musicians with each their musical culture and background that gives rise to new possibilities and adventures. Prejudices are being reduced and the limits for what you can do with the music become fluid. Most of the group's repertoire are new compositions, but it also includes traditional material:, songs, ballads and tunes from Denmark, which are treated affection-ately in new interesting arrangements. Tumult started spreading in Odense in the autumn of1999 - we are looking forward to the release of their debut-cd in 2001.

Jørgen Dickmeiss, fiddle, vocal, bodhran / Thomas Kristofferse

Sandén-Warg, Berglund, Rydberg, Lund, Gorset and Claeson - Schodsbergs Notebok
Daniel Sandén-Warg, Mats Berglund, Lisa Rydberg, Vegard Lund, Hans Olav Gorset and Ludvig Claeson present the music of Johannes Nielsen Schodsberg, born on the Schodsberg farm in Aremark, Østfold county, in 1799. A small manuscript consisting of 160 pieces of music exists from these years. How was Johannes Nielsen Schodsberg's music played? On this cd, we would like to illustrate two different versions, which have their origin in the two distinct musical worlds that converge in his tune book. Seldom does one see such a good example of a cultural convergence as the young musician's notes, in which his own folk tradition from the border regions stands side by side with minuets, quadrilles, and marches from the milieu of the trained musician. Mats and Daniel play tunes from the manuscript with an emphasis on dance fiddling, and the Schodsberg Ensemble plays arranged versions inspired by early classical textures and harmony.

Baltic Crossing - Firetour
Baltic Crossing plays a collection of folk music from the Danish Islands, Lolland and Falster. The 5 musicians from Finland, Denmark and UK - Esko Järvelä , Antti Järvelä, Andy May, Ian Stephenson Kristian Bugge - play a collection of folk music from the Danish Islands, Lolland and Falster. There is music from 18th century manuscripts of Bast, Ålholm and Reventlow and music from various 19th century collections like those of the Adrian family (Hillestrup, Falster), Niels Christian Andreasen (Sandby, Western Lolland), and Hans Hansen (Toreby, Eastern Lolland). And last but not least, the CD includes a new composition, a polska tune by Frede Nielsen from Flintinge, Lolland. Through local folk musicians Højreby Spillemandslaug a collaboration was quickly established with Kristian Bugge (graduate of the folk music department at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense and music teacher at the local music school on Lolland) and the band Baltic Crossing. Text and info in Danish and English

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