This week’s Festival Fling, Saturday at 2.00pm and Sunday night at 10.00pm is introduced by Liz Clark and brings you music from Denmark.
Liz reports: In August 20013 I was fortunate enough to again attend the stunning Tønder Folk Festival in Denmark.
This year it is over 40 years and at the helm with Carsten Panduro, founder of the festival, along with his team and over 2,000 volunteers, make this festival of internationally acclaimed musicians, roots and emerging music which makes sure that talent gets the platform it needs and the audience get the music they deserve.
Always a progressive festival, their three year ambitious programme, now in it’s second year, is bringing even more platforms for music for and an even wider audience while keeping the core and roots strength of this fantastic festival.
Over the last few years and under the hard work and perseverance of Morten Alfred Høirup and colleagues, the Danish Roots organisation was born and has been bringing forward the Danish music in it’s own right culminating in Folk Spot Denmark.
THE BANDS OF FOLK SPOT DENMARK – The bands who are all part of the Danish export programme, Danish Roots – Growing in the World was chosen to perform at the Folk Spot Denmark 2013 showcase, in front of a number of professionals from the international music industry, as well as a limited number of Danish music enthusiasts and professionals.
I look forward to seeing even more bands this year !
The six bands I bring you today are Fromseier & Hockings; Asynje; Trias and Nordens Tone Svobsk/Tradish. Fromseier & Hockings ‘are a true violin and guitar duo, comprises two of Denmark’s finest musicians in their field. Wild fiddle tunes alternate with intricate guitar compositions, delicately balanced with fine ballads from the vast Danish song treasury’. Fromseier/Hockings are Ditte Fromseier: Violin, viola, vocals Sigurd Hockings: Guitar Asynje play newly composed songs and music inspired by ancient tales of the Vikings’ amazing exploits. The music, played on historic instruments and new electronic apparatus, evokes powerful imagery of coasts, waves, oceans and precipices’. Band members: Søren Hammerlund: Hurdy Gurdy, bouzouki, keyed harp, electronics Martin Seeberg: Viola, violin,flutes, lyra, jaws harps Nanna Barslev: Vocals, percussion Troels Dueholm: Flute, hurdy gurdy, bouzouki
Trias write all their own material, while remaining deeply rooted in the Danish music tradition. The four young musicians’ instrumental compositions are light, elegant and playful concoctions on violin, viola, harmonium, piano and double bass. Jonas Kongsted: Violin Christoffer Thorhauge Dam: Violin Rasmus Nielsen: Violin, piano, harmonium Søren Østergaard: Double-Bass Nordens Tone invite their audience on a quest to find that special, elusive Nordic sound. On the journey, the delightful Danish-Norwegian singer Jullie Hjetland introduces us to the best-loved songs from all the Scandinavian countries. Band: Pojken Flensborg: piano Hans Mydtskov: Saxopon Torben Bjørnskov: Double-Bass Jullie Hjetland: Vocals
My grateful thanks to Carsten Panduro and his fantastic team from The TønderFolk Festival and to Annie and her wonderful team at Millstream . It is also with sadness that I can say that Carsten and Annie are stepping down this year. Sad for us it may be , but our grateful thanks and good wishes go with them , small words to say for such a magnificent achievement of making the Tonder Festival what it is – a world renowned festival for not only the music but it’s magnificent hospitality setting the bench mark for all festivals that have followed . “Thank you.” Liz.