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Fru Skagerrak

c/o Elise Wessel Hildrum
Waldemar Thranesgate 55a
0173 Oslo
Norway

http://www.fruskagerrak.com

Three master musicians from each of the Scandinavian countries - the result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.

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  • WOMEX 2016

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The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between. Fru Skagerrak- ”Lady Skagerrak” - are three master musicians - one from each Scandinavian country: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark, Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway and Anna Lindblad from Sweden.

In 2011, these three globetrotting musicians met for the first time at Tønder Festival, Denmark’s biggest Folk Festival, in a roaring session that had engulfed the backstage bar. Through the mayhem of tunes you could feel a certain Scandinavian groove, and in that moment the connection between these three fiddlers was clear. After meeting at Tønder Festival for three consecutive years, Fru Skagerrak finally saw the light of day in August 2014.

The trio brings together the diverse traditions from each of their homelands, which surround the Skagerrak strait. Through a repertoire of traditional tunes, new compositions, and songs in their respective languages, they express their kinship and love of their shared heritage. The result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.

The self-titled debut album was released in May 2016.

“Smokin’ fiddle playing” - Flensborg Avis, (Germany)

“Invigorating beyond measure, this is the kind of record that immediately establishes itself in your mind. And when it ends, you are happy to play it once again. That - ladies and gentlemen - is a rare thing.” - Gaffa (Denmark) ★★★★

They effortlessly blend their traditions for our greatest listening pleasure, in sweet melodies and energetic tunes. - Le Canard, Belgium

You can't pull away from the flowing arrangement of the “Polonaise från Sexdrega”. These three talented musicians show that it's possible to give life to the traditional music without wanting to be modern at any cost. - Le Canard, Belgien

The repertoire is beautiful in its simplicity, at times rhythmical without being frenetic, or sad with a charming, more intimate sweetness. With its airy sound, the album immerses us in a Nordic atmosphere, both ancient and at the same time hard to define in the present. A very beautiful album. - Le Devoir, Québec, Canada.

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