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Danish Accordion player Anders Trabjerg first came to Galway in the 90s because of his deep interest in Irish Traditional music. There he first met Japanese fiddler Mayo Yanachi, who had come there for the same reason, and today they are a married couple with two kids. For many years now, they have been working as professional musicians on the city…
 
Bouzouki player Eoin Ó Neill has been a vital part of the Clare music scene, in Western Ireland, for more than 40 years. Through the years he has played and recorded with players like Mary Custy, Sharon Shannon, Kevin Griffin and Miko Russell, as well as tons of local talent both young and old. In 2015 he was given the MÓRglór award for outstanding…
 
Michael Barrett Donovan, originally from Northern California, moved to Norway from New York City in 2019 after finishing a masters degree in music composition and gigging within a wide array of musical genres. Since coming to Norway Donovan has fronted the original-music-performing trio Buster Sledge with guitar player Jakob Folke Ossum and banjo p…
 
Americian fiddler Liz Knowles has been a prominent member of the Irish music scene worldwide for several decades. She’s been working with Cherish the Ladies, String Sisters and Martin Hayes Quartet, just to mention a few. In addition to being a performer she is also a sought-after teacher, and it's her thoughts about practicing music that is the th…
 
Annbjørg Lien from Norway and Catriona MacDonald from Shetland have been among the most exiting fiddlers on the traditional music scene for more than 30 years. I got to speak with Annbjørg and Catriona prior to their duo show at the Norwegian national folk music venue, Riksscenen and we had an interesting chat, talking about their long relationship…
 
Hans Martin Austestad is a Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer. In addition to all of that, he is also one of the most innovative and knowledgeable banjo players on the Norwegian folk scene. In this episode I have a conversation with him about how the banjo has shaped his musical career, and how it has led him down some very interesting and u…
 
Todays’s guest is Martin Green, member of the groundbreaking folk trio Lau and an accomplished composer and solo artist. I had a great time chatting with Martin, and we touched on a number of different topics, including what defines folk music for different people, creative techniques, band politics, approaching a band as an actual job, the current…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with English piano accordion player Karen Tweed. Karen is known for her smooth, playful style on the accordion and is regarded as one of the finest performers of Irish Music on the instrument. In this conversation we talk surprisingly little about the accordion, as we end up visiting a lot of different topics as diverse…
 
In this episode I’m joined by Norwegian fiddler and composer Bjørn Kåre Odde. He is one of the most exiting folk musicians in Norway at the moment and he has just released his debut solo album titled Folk Chamber. I got to sit down with him right after his concert at Osafestivalen this weekend and we had an interesting conversation about his work a…
 
In episode 15, I’m speaking with Swedish folk guitarist Oskar Reuter. Oskar is a versatile musician who is currently in high demand on the Scandinavian folk scene. In August he released his first solo album, called «Current State», featuring a collection of mostly original tunes played on fingerstyle guitar. Highly recommended! I had a great time c…
 
In episode 14 I’m speaking with Scottish fiddler Lauren MacColl about her latest album, her creative process and the art of approaching old traditional material, whether it being in written or recorded form. For links, video and additional resources, visit the show website: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/landskein-with-lauren-maccoll…
 
In this episode I’m traveling to the Norwegian city Røros to speak with Olav Luksengård Mjelva, one of the busiest fiddlers in Norway. I’ve been a fan of Olav’s work for a long time, so it’s a real treat to be able to have him as a guest on the show. In our conversation we discuss his approach to musical collaborations, how to succeed as a touring …
 
In this episode of the show I’m speaking with Ragnar Finsson and Oscar Beerten from the Faroese-Belgian duo Raske Drenge. Topics covered include their new album, the history of the Faroe Islands, the art of being in a successful band together and how push the boundaries of the folk music genre. For links, resources and videos, please visit the show…
 
This week I’m joined by Norwegian Harmonica player Richard Gjems. Richard has been one of the most respected harmonica players in the Norwegian blues scene for a long time, but he has been working in pretty much every musical genre there is, and a lot of his style comes from mixing different genres and techniques in an original way. Topics we touch…
 
This episode is all about the phenomenon known in Irish circles as «the session», which basically means a gathering of musicians playing Irish traditional music together in an informal way. Everyone that has been involved in Irish music, one way or another will be familiar with this. As any other social gathering, it comes with its own set of unwri…
 
Today's guest is Swedish percussion player Jens Linell. Jens is a well-known musician on the Scandinavian trad scene, through bands like SVER and GKN5. He is also a very thoughtful person with a lot of interesting views on folk music, so I knew he would be a great person to have on the show! In this conversation, we touch on topics like the role of…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Scottish fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers. As well as being a tradition bearer of the Scottish old Highland style of fiddling, she has managed to create her own musical universe with a strong influence from free improvisation. In our conversation we touch on different topics like Scottish music, how to approach improvisa…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Danish fiddler Maja Kjær Jacobsen. Topics we cover in this episode includes the Danish folk scene, what it means to be a bearer of traditions, and how to find ones musical identity. For resources and links mentioned in the episode, visit: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Guro Kvifte Nesheim. She is a very innovative and productive musician, and I've been a fan of her work for some time now. I’m very happy that Guro could join me for this episode, because she has a lot of experience when it comes to today’s topic, which is Scandinavian traditional music p…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Swedish musician Joel Andersson. Joel is a harmonica player and harmonica customizer who specializes in Irish traditional music. Since I dabble a bit in harmonica playing myself, I knew that I would have a great time chatting with Joel. We talk about the instruments history in Irish music, as well as its place in t…
 
In this first episode of the show, I speak with my friend Patrik Ahlberg. Patrik is a wonderful fiddle and guitar player, and although he is Swedish he has been living in Chicago for the last eight years. I highly recommend everyone to check out his album «Gitarrlåtar» (guitar tunes) where he plays Swedish and Norwegian Fiddle arranged for nylon st…
 
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