Tag Archives: Nordic music

Uusikuu’s Karuselli

Life seems very serious these days, and a lot of music is very serious, too. But sometimes it’s good to dive into some music that’s just fun, and that’s what the Nordic ensemble Uusikuu is handing out on a cake … Continue reading

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Lodestar Trio’s Bach to Folk

These days I particularly enjoy music that combines roots or folk music with other traditions including jazz and classical. The musicians of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland seem particularly adept at this sort of thing: Norwegian guitarist Jakob Bro, the … Continue reading

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Enkel’s Love Hurts

The third studio album by Finland’s folk quartet Enkel is an altogether enjoyable affair. Enkel is Finnish for angel, and Leija Lautamaja, Miia Palomäki, Maija Pokela, and Iida Savolainen indeed sing like angels, sometimes solo or in duet, sometimes all … Continue reading

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Erlend Apneseth’s Nova

I’m usually not a huge fan of strictly solo instrumental albums, but I can easily overlook that rule of thumb for Erlend Apneseth’s Nova. It’s hard to overstate just how much I enjoy this record. Some of that is simply … Continue reading

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Päivi Hirvonen’s Kallio

Kallio is the second solo album from Päivi Hirvonen, a Finnish folk singer and fiddler, but it scans like the work of a mature artist who knows where she’s going and what she’s doing. To be fair, Hirvonen has been … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Folk and World Music Galore Vol 1

Over the past couple of years I’ve greatly enjoyed reviewing a number of offerings from the German family of labels Nordic Notes and CPL-Music. Their releases cover a much greater variety than I am capable of covering (or even aware … Continue reading

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Gåte’s Iselilja

In 2003 I wrote that Gåte had taken folk rock into the 21st century with their first full length CD Jygri. After having sold more than 40,000 copies of that album and been awarded a platinum record in Norway for … Continue reading

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Fylgja’s Strå

“Fylgja” in Scandinavian folklore is a guardian spirit that appears in dreams, a spirit often seen as female. Fylgja in contemporary music is a group composed of three Danes and two Swedes, with strong roots in traditional Scandinavian music and … Continue reading

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Al Reko and Oren Tikkanen’s The Finn Hall Recordings

Judith Gennett wrote this review. “The music and dancing was what we went for. And there was Viola on the bandstand, a big woman with her accordion strapped to her chest. And always a big smile on her face. And … Continue reading

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Ale Möller’s The Horse and the Crane, and Myllärit’s In the Light of the White Night

Brendan Foreman wrote this review for Folk Tales. Ale Möller’s The Horse and the Crane is a thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly entrancing set of music made for a theatre concert based upon a set of novels by Sara Lidman about the … Continue reading

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