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: Esbjörn Hogmark

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

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