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I use lekstugan.info as a channel to present what I’m doing as an instrument maker and musician.

I’m making one, two, three and four row nyckelharpas. My father makes the four row tenor-nyckelharpa and guitars.

Rikspelmannen, Korrö 2015.When autumn came in the 18th and 19th century, folk-musicians had to continue making music and dance indoors. Where there was room available, people would gather to have ”lekstuga”, an evening of music and dance. People would arrive from neighbouring villages to take part.

The revivalist movement acted hard against the folk-music tradition in the latter part of the 19th century. Folk-music had always been regarded as something suspect and connected to unholy forces. It became harder and harder to arrange opportunities to dance and play together. In the 20th century new kinds of forums for folk-music came and the old concept of lekstuga was forgotten.

Photos and copyright by Thor Pleijel, when nothing else is stated.