Sunday, July 20, 2014

Harv - Töst!

Harv - Töst! (2002)

"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 | Töst
02 | Ånonschottis
03 | Peer Reel
04 | Hälihövve
05 | Marianne Sinclaire
06 | Saivo
07 | Kavaljershalling
08 | Sviten
09 | Dären
10 | Tärningspolska
11 | Kejsarn

Availability: Available used from Amazon.  No MP3 available.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Väsen - Mindset

Väsen - Mindset (2013)

"Heavyweights in the nordic folk music scene, Väsen are a Swedish group combining the talents of Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Mikael Marin (viola), Roger Tallroth (guitar) and André Ferrari (percussion). The band has also released a number of albums as a trio without Ferrari." (

01 | Byxen Fisen & Blåsen
02 | Hembrännarmarsch
03 | Polska for Tom Morrow
04 | Marsch i April
05 | Lilla Kulturebidragsvalsen
06 | Träbens-Jonke
07 | Magnus
08 | Fanny
09 | Johans Vals
10 | Hundlåten
11 | Spacekadetten
12 | Maja & Tobbes Brudvals
13 | Kuldd'n
14 | Pilvi & Eskos Brudvals

Availability: Only available in MP3 format in the U.S.