Each week, Norwegian musician Anders Lillebo sits down with remarkable people from the world of folk music to explore topics like music history, instruments, creativity, the place of music in society and much more!
Folk Rock Revival, with Mattias Thedens
Together with the new folk rock phenomena Gangar, Mattias Thedens has made a ruckus in the Norwegian folk scene recently. The band’s irresistible blend of Norwegian folk tunes, old-school rock, youthful energy and unapologetic stage presence is definitely making people pay attention.
In this conversation with Mattias we speak about the idea behind the band, how folk rock essentially is a bit silly and how to use that to your advantage. Mattias shares some of his experience when it comes to stage presence and showmanship, and how this plays in to getting people dancing and partying.
Please visit the website for more: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/folk-rock-with-mattias-thedens
SOLO, with Anna Ekborg
Anna Ekborg is currently one of the most prominent fiddlers on the Swedish Folk Music scene.
In this conversation we speak about Anna’s musical background and her feelings about releasing an album completely solo. We also touch on a number of different things concerning the musician lifestyle, like how to best organize your life and career, how to deal with stage fright, work/life-balance, relationship with social media and how to develop your own style.
Please see the show website to learn more: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/solo-with-anna-ekborg
Songwriting and Eclectic Folk, with Jeff Wasserman
Jeffrey Wasserman grew up in the hamlet of East Norwich, New York. As a young man he fell in love with the progressive folk music movement of the 70s and started playing and writing music in a wide variety of genres like bluegrass, old-time, blues and Celtic music. Since 1983 he has been living in Norway enjoying a successful career as a songwriter for big Norwegian artists like Dance with a Stranger, Jonas Fjeld and Silje Nergaard.
In later years though, he has returned to his roots as an artist and songwriter in the world of acoustic folk music, with the albums «Jeffrey & The Free Radicals» (2009) and «The Meeting Of The Waters» (2018)
In this conversation, which was recorded at the Norwegian showcase festival Folkelarm in 2021, we speak about his career as a songwriter for other artists, how streaming has impacted the industry, his return to writing and performing folk tunes and his diverse musical background.
The Songwriter, with Andy Irvine
Andy Irvine has been an immensely influential folk singer and songwriter for more than 60 years. Through his work with bands like Sweeneys Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, he has been a central piece of shaping the sound of modern Celtic Music.
We meet Andy Irvine in Oslo just before he is about to play a solo show there. The conversation revolves around his work and inspirations as a songwriter, and the pivotal moments in his career that led him to the place he is today.
For more info please visit: thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/andy-irvine-with-andy-irvine
Indiepiano, with Lars Jakob Rudjord
In a small coastal town almost as far south you can get in Norway, Lars Jakob Rudjord creates instrumental music that takes you to places you’ve never been before. Though often compared to the likes of Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds or Joep Beving, Lars Jakob Rudjord has most certainly established his very own sound in the modern classical world. His melodies are just as well inspired by classical music, as by Norwegian folk music and Nordic folklore.
In our conversation we touch on a bunch of different topics like the relationship between different genres like classical, jazz and folk, ways to explore your voice as a composer, the piano as a folk music instrument, the challenges of approaching folk music coming from other genres, small town life as a musician and more!
For links and more info, please visit: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/indiepiano-with-lars-jakob-rudjord
Sean Nós Singing, with Nell Ní Chróinín
Nell Ní Chróinín is one of the most prominent people in the world of traditional Irish Sean Nós singing. She has won numerous top prizes in traditional Irish music competition like the Fleadh Cheoil and An tOireachtas from the age of 12 and onwards. She was the youngest ever recipient to receive ‘TG4’s Gradam Ceoil Traditional Singer of the Year‘ award in 2012. Today she's both a teacher and a professional performing artist - solo and with the Irish band Danu!
In the episode she talks about her own journey in music, the history and regional styles of Sean nós, and its place in modern traditional Irish music.
For more info, see: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/sean-ns-singing-with-nell-n-chrinn
Wonderful exploration of music and its creators.
I am not familiar with folk music myself, but I still enjoy every episode. I would recommend this podcast to those interested in music. Not just folk music enthusiasts, but anyone with an open mind.