Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson / Foogy - CD
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cd cover Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson
Foogy (artist release)

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.


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More info:
"There was the nyckelharpa, played with great panache by Olov Johansson but not a harp. Sweden's traditional keyed fiddle, it sounded mighty fine, however, in idiosyncratic but inspired partnership with Catriona McKay's vivacious harping.There were some lovely moments, nyckelharpa shrilling plaintively over McKay's delicate harmonics in a Swedish polska, wheedling gently in a melancholy waltz, or working up a headlong torrent alongside McKay's percussive playing in Johansson's own Mr Fish. A brisk set of reels included the title tune from the pair's new album, Foogy – which turned out to be Johansson's misspelling of "foggy", which stuck. Musically, however, nothing was lost in translation." - concert review from The Scotsman, Edinburgh

The artists' say:
We met for the first time in Stockholm 2002 to share a concert with our 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, the most played Nyckelharpa tune ever! We both really enjoyed the sound and the music we made together and that created a desire to further develop this collaboration. We didn’t get a chance to do so until a few years ago at the Celtic Connections ‘07 concert Fiddlers’ Bid International. Since then we have met regularly and after a very fun tour in Sweden 2008 we decided to make this recording. Come and join us on our exploration of traditional and new music from Scotland and Sweden, meet our way of making music and experience the sound of Scottish Harp and Swedish Nyckelharpa. Welcome to Foogy!

Vi träffades första gången i Stockholm 2002 för en delad konsert med våra respektive band Väsen och Fiddlers Bid från Shetland. ”Kan du den här låten?” frågade Catriona och spelade Eric Sahlströms Spelmanglädje, troligtvis den mest spelade nyckelharpslåten någonsin! Vi tyckte båda två att våra instrument lät fantastiskt tillsammans och vi fick lust att vidare utforska och utveckla vårt samspel. Det blev inget tillfälle till det förrän på Celtic Connections 2007 då Olov var inbjuden till Fiddlers’ Bid International. Sedan dess har vi setts regelbundet och efter en väldigt kul turné i Sverige 2008 bestämde vi oss för att göra den här inspelningen. Kom och var med på vårt utforskande av traditionell och ny musik från Skottland och Sverige. Möt vårt sätt att skapa musik och upplev de nya klanger som den skotska harpan och nyckelharpan skapar. Välkommen till Foogy!

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