Music

Playing 19th century music at a steampunk event at the railway museum in Gävle 2014.

As an active musician I play usually for dancing. My main instrument is silverbasharpa and I play many tunes after Björn Björn and Styrbjörn Bergelt. Important for me is the music’s function as dancing music and I use the strings in different ways to catch beat and rythm, something typical to old nyckelharpa playing. I think we have a lot to learn from the history of the nyckelharpa as a drone instrument, and the amazing diversity in musical dialect among many of the older nyckelharpa musicians who played gammelharpa.

On three-row nyckelharpa I play mainly tunes after Sigurd Sahlström and on four-row nyckelharpa I focus on fiddle-music, primarly from the island of Gotland.

Photo: Per-Ulf Allmo

Duo with Nils Liberg

Nils and I are working on an album highlighting traditional music on gammelharpa after musicians like Matts Wesslén, Karl Johan Bodin, Erik Petter Levin among others.

I play first voice on silverbasharpa and Nils plays second voice on modern three-row.

While I have spent many years developing my own interpretation of old nyckelharpa music (with lots of inpiration from the modern musicians Styrbjörn Bergelt and Björn Björn) Nils has developed a wide orientation by reading thousands of sheets of collected folk music. Nyckelharpa researcher Per-Ulf Allmo has given valuable feedback concerning the historical anchoring and the development of our music.

Duo with Erland Westerström

Photo: Erland Westerström

Silverbasharpa and mouth organ takes you back 150 years in time. We play dancing music suitable for folk dancing and living history events.