Festival Fling – Folk Spot Denmark on Sat 14th Nov 2020 – 4 Acts
Folk Spot Denmark is a Showcase of Danish and International Artists that takes place during the Tonder Festival. Today I bring you 4 acts of contrasting music and styles of some of the emerging and established artists.
Band: Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund
Members/Instruments: Andreas Tophøj: Violin, viola Rune Barslund: Accordion
Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund are among the leading Danish traditional musicians of their generation.
Specializing in fiddle and accordion but also encompassing viola, whistle and vocals,they have married their roots in the Jutland peninsula with playing experiences from residing in Ireland, Finland and North America and encounters with musicians from other cultures to create original compositions that carry on the Danish tradition while looking out across the world. Tours in Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Finland have honed their communication skills as an entertaining and accomplished duo. An award for Track of the Year – for their The Danish Immigrant EP – and an Artist of the Year
Nomination at the Danish Folk Music Awards have acknowledged their musical ability and composing talents. It is in live performances especially that these musicians shine, sharing music and stories that stay in audiences’ memories long after the last note has sounded.
Titel / Composer / Lyrics
1. Kerry Polska / Rune Barslund
2. Vals til mor og far / Rune Barslund
3. Round the ferry fort/Suzuki – Japanese for progress/Irish trad. / Andreas Tophøj
4. The Danish Immigrant / Rune Barslund
5. New Dawn / Rune Barslund
6. Casey’s Polka/Thomas Polka / Rune Barslund Polka/Thomas Polka)!
Floating Sofa Quartet
Members/Instruments: Malte Zeberg – Double bass / Leija Lautamaja – Harmonium, 2,5 row /lodium /Mads Kjøller-Henningsen – Wooden Flute / Clara Tesch – Violin / Titel/Composer/Lyrics
Floating Sofa Quartet (FSQ) is a musical cooperation between four young folk musicians from Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The band was formed in the spring of 2013 when the members met at the annual Nordtrad conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.One sunny afternoon by the banks of the river Vilnia marked the birth of the band; while playing, jamming, chatting and enjoying the sun, a huge dead hog (to everyone’s surprise not a sofa) passed by floating in the river. The idea of the Floating Sofa Quartet was born right there and then!
Since their debut in 2015 FSQ has been nominated for numerous awards and prizes e.g. Newcomer of the Year in both Denmark (Danish Music Awards Folk 2015) and Sweden (Folk & World Music Gala 2018) and in 2016 they won the Saugmann Bjerregaards Fond’s competition in arranging/playing traditional Danish music.So far the band has released two critically acclaimed studio albums: The Moon We Watch Is the Same (2016) which was nominated for two Danish Music Awards in 2017 (Folk Album of the Year & Folk Composer of the Year (Clara Tesch)) and Neighbourhood (2018) which recently won the prize for Album of the Year at the Danish Music Awards Folk/World (2019).
During the last couple of years the band has toured extensively performing at venues in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands and performed at renowned festivals such as Kaustinen Folk Music Festival [FI], Førdefestivalen [NO], Tønder Festival [DK], Korrö Folkmusikfestival [SE] and folkBALTICA [DE].
1. Jomfru i Ulveham / Danish traditional, arr.: Mads Kjøller-Henningsen
2. Queen Tower / Leija Lautamaja
3. Själaschottis / Malte Zeberg
4. Tänäänkään ei satanut / Leija Lautamaja
5. Augustvals / Clara Tesch
6. Drunken Devil / Traditional, arr.: Floating Sofa Quartet
7. Vill du Flyga / Leija Lautamaja
Members/Instruments: Julie Alapnes: Violin / Halvard Rundberg: Pump Organ & Acoustic Guitar
Julie Alapnes was only five years old when she stood on the kitchen floor at her grandparents’ home in Målselv with the fiddle that grandfather Ivar had made, well placed under the chin. The tone fortunately became more beautiful over the years, but this first meeting should prove to characterize the life of the talented fiddle player. Grandfather, who was a violin maker and speller, left deep traces and aroused Julie’s interest in the northern Norwegian melody tradition. After high school, she went to Raulandsakademiet in Telemark to study folk music, and in 2009 completed her bachelor’s degree at the University College of Performing Arts in Gothenburg. In addition to the traditional northern Norwegian folk music, Julie composes her own music and is active in bands and projects within various genres.
Titel / Composer / Lyrics
1. En smuk aftensang / Traditional from Kvæfjord in Troms
2. Få ut fingeren / Julie Alapnes
3. Nordlandspols / Traditional
4. Hannes / Julie and Halvard
5. Waltz of wonder / Julie and Halvard
6. Rett te værs / Julie Alapnes
7. Tampen Brenn / Julie and Halvard
Band: World On A String
Members/Instruments: John Sund – 6 & 12 string guitars / Bjarke Falgren – violin & viola /Morten Lundsby – contrabass / Mirwais Fedai – tabla & percussion
World On A String has existed for over 14 years. They have, all this time, nurtured their very own personal music-style and over the years they’ve gathered a steady number of enthusiastic followers. Their three album releases have received extraordinary praise from the critics and their debut release was nominated by Danish Music Awards in the category “Best Cross-over Album of the year”.
The music of the four time Grammy-winning group-members are characterized with words like lyrical nordic folk-jazz mixed with Middle-Eastern mystique and Indian rhythms. Simplicity and complexity go hand in hand while topped with challenging and rousing improvisation – altogether, this makes the Band’s sparkling live concerts a very special experience.
The musical universe of WOAS sets itself apart from most groups in the genre of folk-jazz. Here we are dealing with a group of musicians of a very high caliber and therefore it is not a surprise that they have drawn attention outside their regular borders and have performed far and wide from home, during the twelve years of their existence.
In 2016 the young extraordinary tabla player Mirwais Fedai joined the group and this new spark of impulse has acted as a catalyst for WOAS ‘presently strong collective output, which is more distinct and defined than ever – a thing which is clearly evident listening to the music from their latest album.
The four members are recognized and highly appreciated for their individual contributions to the
Danish music society, with their innumerable collaborations across many genres. Here is some of their individual collaborations: Danish Radio Big Band, Shashank Subramanyam, Palle Mikkelborg, Lelo Nika, Bo Stief, Kamal Sabri, Creme Fraiche, Mike Sheridan, Mads Langer, Outlandish, Jens Lysdal, TV2, Paolo Russo, Afenginn, Nikolaj Busk, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Bilal Irshed & Global Tunes, Daniel Herskedal, Filip Jers, Jacob Fischer, Mikkel Nordsø, Flamenco Passion.
Titel / Composer / Lyrics
1. Seasons/John Sund
2. The Old Wishing Well/Bjarke Falgren/John Sund
3. July 2012/John Sund
4. Retrograd Root Canal/Bjarke Falgren
5. Two Rainbows/Bjarke Falgren