Dram's first CD, simply called "Dram", features almost an hour of the finest Nordic instrumental music - polskas, waltzes, springlek etc. - performed on harp, rebec (a medieval fiddle), Nyckelharpa and Swedish bagpipes. - It has been said that Nordic music is the new Celtic music and a prime example of this is the young, exciting roots music duo known as "Dram". Since the beginning, Dram has gained international reputation as guardians and renewers of the rich treasure trove of Swedish traditional music and conjures forth sounds drawing upon both medieval and contemporary roots, aiming to innovate as well as pass along an ancient tradition.
Dram's choice of instruments also underlines the Celtic similarities: Some are well-known like the harp and the bagpipe, while others - the keyed fiddle, "Nyckelharpa" - are exclusively Nordic. The bagpipe is a traditional Swedish version with a haunting tone, quite different from its more famous Scottish namesake.
Dram takes its name from a Swedish dialect word for "drone", a typical feature of all bagpipes.
The musicians Erik Ask-Upmark and Anna Rynefors are both "riksspelman" ("Official Master Musicians of the Realm", the finest honor bestowed upon a performer of traditional music in Sweden).