Late night showcases will be held 1–2 April 21.30–24.00 at Musikens Hus.
Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala
The aim for their five-string fiddle duo was clear to Emilia Lajunen and Suvi Oskala
from the start: to search for great fiddle tunes in the archives – both written and
audio – and to make the music of the old fiddler’s their own. In addition to their
interest in tradition they also share a passion for the inventive use of their fivestringed
instruments which makes this fiddle duo very unique. As a result of these
two passions their repertoire as a duo consists of Finnish fiddle traditions gems
arranged with a twist and of commission compositions by eg. Mikael Marin of Väsen
and accordionist Johanna Juhola.
The virtuosic chamber folk duo was formed in 2010. Before that Emilia and Suvi had
played together in various projects eg. Piia Kleemola & co and in dance and music
production ’Silmu’ which fascinated audiences with its dancing fiddle players in
Finland during the years 2004-2007. Their first album ‘Tyttörinki’ was released in
2012 and their second album ’Piilokisa’ by Nordic Notes 2018. In 2019 they were
selected to play a WOMEX official showcase from over a thousand applicants.
During their career they have actively performed at various stages in Finland and
abroad in the Nordic countries, India and even South Korea. (Photo: Sami Perttilä)
Emilia Lajunen, five-string fiddle
Suvi Oskala, five-string fiddle
Hans and Rasmus Kjorstad come from South Fron in Gudbrandsdalen. They are already prominent fiddlers of the young Norwegian folk music generation. They are brothers, with fairly different musical backgrounds, but as a duo they share a common ideal of making groovy, unpolished and wonderful folk music. They make good use of traditional repertoire from mid-Gudbrandsdalen, including listening tunes and well-established dance forms, all performed in a sparkling manner. The brothers have been playing the traditional music from the Fron area since an early age, and have a great grip on the style. In addition, they add bass riffs, sonic grounds and melody lines that work both with and against the traditional tunes. Through improvisation and different instrumental techniques, they aim to add several facets to the established folk music – opening it up for a new audience. Since the release of their debut album Pusinshi Ulla in October 2016, they have recieved great reviews. Now playing major folk music clubs and festivals as a duo and togheter with top class artists such as Anders Erik Røine, Hans Hulbækmo and Torgeir Vassvik, the brothers are an important act to catch on the evolving Norwegian folk music scene. (Photo: H Jangaard)
Spöket i köket
Spöket i köket (Ghost in the kitchen), is the heaviest folkbigband in the Nordic. A Swedish/Danish/Belgian lounge/rave orchestra gathering dancing tunes and ballads from the Nordic and Canadian tradition, as well as from their own heads. Ten musicians on twenty instruments provide a wide variety of sounds, enabling the individual backgrounds of each member to shine through, while together creating a bigger whole. Styles such as manouche-jazz and heavy metal will not go unnoticed in soundscape of traditional music, which is as soothing as it is ear smashing. The band started out in 2015, making a 20-concert tour in four weeks the first summer, and their first record ”Den nya spisen” (The new stove), netted them a nomination for newcomer of the year at the Swedish folk- and world music gala of 2017. April of 2019 saw the release of their second album ”Château du garage”, which they already predict will be a good year; a small catastrophony that will leave nobody sitting still, or without a smile. (Photo: Annika Marmén)
Fionia Folk Brothers
Michael Graubæk, fiddle
Theis Juul Langlands, piano
Peter Sejersen, double bass
Jesper Vinther, accordion
Louisa Lyne & di Yiddishe Kapelye
The group has introduced Yiddish songs to a broad Swedish audience and their work has been recognized and awarded with several nominations and prestigious prizes, among these winner of Der Yiddisher Idol, Mexico City 2019. With Louisa’s charismatic song and the atmosphere generated by the skilled musicians the group has captivated and delighted audiences all over the globe. (Photo: Sara Ljunggren)
Tjango! are a Finnish four-piece of fiddle, accordion, guitar and double bass. The band members represent a wide range of genres from contemporary folk to classical and jazz. Their music is greatly inspired by beautifully stark gypsy jazz melodies as well as American swing fiddle tunes and Paris accordion classics. Tjango! has released two albums, “Tjango!” in 2014 and “Greens and Blues” in 2017. (Photo: Mika Kirsi)
“Blues, swing, ragtime or jazz waltz, every one of the eleven pieces here is a joy.” (Album review by Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld)
Antti Leinonen, accordion
Tero Hyväluoma, fiddle
Tarmo Anttila, double bass
Juha Savela, guitar
In May 2019, a new Swedish folk music band saw the light of day. Breda gatan released their debut album. But there were no tenderfoots hitting the road last summer; the quartet consists of four strong personalities with poignant radiance. Here they come together to perform songs full of humour, melancholy and with the storyline in focus. Behind the name Breda gatan are folk singers Emma Härdelin and Johanna Bölja Hertzberg, fiddle player Kjell-Erik Eriksson, and Ola Hertzberg on nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), so you can count on gorgeous singing and intimate interaction. (Photo: Ida Frid)
Ola Hertzberg, keyed fiddle – Also plays with Västanå Orchestra, Outhouse Allstars and previously with Nyckelharporkestern.
Kjell-Erik Eriksson, fiddle – Also plays with Triakel, Bo Lyckligs Gammeldansorkester and Hoven Droven.
Emma Härdelin, vocals – Also plays with Triakel, Garmarna and String Sisters.
Johanna Bölja, vocals – Also plays with Rallarnas Visor, Kapten Bölja and previously with Ranarim.
The young singer/songwriter Jonas Alaska is known for his strong, personal lyrics, combined with clever, and often shamelessly catchy tunes.
Alaska had great success in Norway with his gold selling debut album, for which he was nominated for 3 awards, and took home the Norwegian Grammy for "Best New Act" in 2011. His second album, If Only As A Ghost was released in 2013, again to much praise from the reviewers. The first single I Saw You Kid went top 5 in the radio charts, and the album entered #4 in the Norwegian Billboard. In the and of February, 2015, Alaska is releasing his third album Younger, where he’s exploreing a slightly rougher and less organic sound. The first single Summer is a good example of this.
Jonas Alaska has toured Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Netherlands in addition to Norway, where he has played most of the biggest festivals and performed on many of the most influencal TV shows. Alaska has simply positioned himself as one of the most exciting new musicians to come out of the Norwegian music scene the last few years. (Photo: Ingrid Pop)
The haunting sounds of internationally renowned Icelandic folk duo, Ylja, are driven by the powerful harmonic vocals of Guðný Gígja Skjaldardóttir and Bjartey Sveinsdóttir, who met in their high school choir in 2008 and have been soulmates ever since. Now, in 2020, following the success of their three albums, appearances at home in Iceland & on the world stage and with a host of nominations at the Icelandic Music awards, Ylja holds a prominent place in the Icelandic music scene. The duo have found their home in Icelandic folk music and work tirelessly with folklorists, producers and Iceland‘s finest musicians to create new material for the future. (Photo: Eva Schram)
Mejram is the fresh, exciting new band that combines the best of two worlds - folk and pop - and mix it all together to a compote with tastes from swedish and american roots music. The music is honest, heartfelt, powerful, swinging, vulnerable and loaded with energy and emotions. Many instruments are used and songs in both swedish and english, and instrumental tunes, are a part of the set list. Mejram are Jonatan Hansson, Gabriella Josefsson, Amanda Frisk and Marcus Fenn. (Photo: Joar Lindberg)