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cd cover Kætter Kvartet
Den sidste schottish (Live at the Tarm Festival)
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They are called "The Heretic Quartet" and this recording is of most famous folk-rock bands of Denmark captured in a 2000 festival appearance brings out the best in the band's energy and sheer power.

"KK very naturally combines the structures of Danish, or sometimes Swedish, dance tunes, which include such pan-Nordic forms as hambo, waltz and Schottish - with the lift and backbeat of other, hotter parts of the world. As with DDD (Danish Dia Delight) there's a sense of fun coupled with excellent musicianship and bright ideas." - Andrew Cronshaw, fROOTS

In The band's own words:
Kætter Kvartet was formed in 1993 with the intention of composing and developing new music based on the folk traditions of Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. The Danish Music Council subsidised the release of Kætter Kvartet’s first CD in 1995, even though they were totally unknown at that time. They were the only folk band to receive such subsidy.

After working extremely hard on developing their music they are now one of the most exiting and creative bands on the Danish folk scene, playing a stimulating and exiting music for people of all ages.

Andrew Cronshaw says in Folk Roots, august/september 1997:

"These days Denmark is highly multicultural, and it’s natural that anyone making present-day music with Danish roots would embrace that reality. KK very naturally combines the structures of Danish, or sometimes Swedish, dance tunes, which include such pan-Nordic forms as hambo, waltz and Schottish - with the lift and backbeat of other, hotter parts of the world. A prime example would be the swingy eminently danceable "Hambo".

Most of the music here is by fiddler Søren Korshøj or mandolinist, guitarist and fluteplayer John Bæk; the band is completed by Svend Seegert’s keyboards and drummer Peter Weis-Fogh (replaced since the album by Vivi Kristensen). As with DDD (Danish Dia Delight) there’s a sense of fun coupled with excellent musicianship and bright ideas. Some European musicians struggle with the problem of whether or not to sing in their own language; KK not only sings in Danish but has invented African-sounding vocalisations that don’t mean anything in any language (now there’s pervers for you, or perhaps just egalitarian). Sounds like it would be silly, but it seems to work; some of these are the sort of up-tempo dancing songs that need sound, not sense, in the vocals".

In their live performances they play both traditionally-inspired material in their unique Kætter Kvartet arrangements and music inspired by medieval, afro and jazz-fusion styles without loosing contact with their Danish roots.

Kætter Kvartet plays a new Danish folk/world music which has vitality and humour and includes both improvisation and solos. The lyrics (they all sing) are in Danish, in Danish dialect and in their own special African/Danish language.

Do you think they are lacking a bass-player? Don’t worry, Seegert’s left hand and Kristensen’s drumpads take care of that!

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