Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Svanevit - Gryning

Svanevit - Gryning (2005)

"The tale of the Swedish folk music group Svanevit takes place in the here and now. It begins with four eminent Swedish folk musicians and their music. What they create is both new and modern and at the same time retrospective, drawing inspiration from the past. Each and every element of the music is filled with an anticipation and narrative zest that allows the tale to continue giving the sounds, magic and legends a chance to live on in our time." (Last.fm)

01 | Gryning (Swan White)
02 | Grönalundsmarschen (The Green Grove March)
03 | Önskepolska (Wishing Polska)
04 | Jag minnes dig (I Remember You)
05 | PD 146
06 | Fiskeskär (Lullaby)
07 | Nils Lagerfeldt
08 | Bältet (The Belt)
09 | Evigheten (Eternity)
10 | Din klara sol (Your Bright Sun)
11 | Adjö farväl min söta flicka (Farewell, My Sweet Girl)
12 | Nu haver denna dag (Now Has This Day)

Availability: Available in mp3 or used physical copy in the U.S.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Harv - Polka Raggioso

Harv - Polka Raggioso (2005)

"Going from Jimi Hendrix covers to traditional Scandinavian fiddle music might seem like a giant leap of imagination, but it's exactly what the Swedish duo of Harv has managed. Magnus Stinnerbom and Daniel Sandén-Warg first played together in 1992, when they were 14, while attending a high school for musicians in their hometown of Karlstad. In Harv's very earliest incarnation, Stinnerbom played drums and Sandén-Warg guitar, as they jammed on old Hendrix songs, aiming to be rock stars. The idea of moving to traditional music came a year later. Stinnerbom had grown up with the music, his father having been a fiddle player with the seminal Swedish folk band Groupa, and when he finally played some of the old sounds for his friend, Sandén-Warg was an instant convert. However, it would still be a while before the pair appeared in public. Their debut as Harv (which translates as "harrow") came in 1996, when they provided the music for a production of Hamlet by the Västanå Theatre, and their eponymous first CD arrived a year later." (From the group's iTunes page)

01 | Grythyttehyl
02 | Direktör Deg
03 | Raggarvals (Yobbowaltz)
04 | Sockertöj / Ja Dä Gör Vi
05 | Tösen
06 | Hægsta
07 | Guttis
08 | Polka Raggioso
09 | Titania
10 | Harveland / Potatisvalsen

Availability: Physical CD appears to be out of print in the U.S. but can be found used.  MP3 available.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bäsk - Bäsk

Bäsk - Bäsk / Kennemark, Simonsson, Källman (1999)

This album appears to have been released under the name Bäsk originally and Kennemark, Simonsson, Källman in its 2011 (mp3 only?) re-release.  I left the tags as iTunes imported automatically.

"In Bäsk, three of Sweden's top traditional players come together for a brilliant set of tunes, both trad. and original.  Jonas Simonsson (Groupa, Den Fule) on flures, Sten Källman (Den Fule) on saxes and percussion, and fiddler Hans Kennemark (Forsmark Tre) bring fresh arrangements to the acoustic trio sound." (From the CD case)

01 | Menuett från Skallsjö (Minuet from Skallsjö)
02 | Hebyhalling
03 | Liabekken
04 | Valétpolska utan slut (Endless Valét Polska)
05 | Engelska från Släp (Engelska from Släp)
06 | Grävling (Badger)
07 | Vals från Munkedal (Waltz from Munkedal)
08 | Örnen / Björnen (The Eagle / The Bear)
09 | Polonäs från Sexdrega (Polonaise from Sexdrega)
10 | Arabiskan
11 | Gässa går i rågen (Geese in the Rye)
12 | Skara brudmarsch
13 | Måsen (Gull)
14 | Klåvåheilagt
15 | Polska i a-dur (Polska in A Major)
16 | Mors vals (Mother's Waltz)

Availability: Physical CD appears to be out of print in the U.S., but can be found used or in MP3 format.