New Nordic Folk Rock

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Norway's Gangar brings a fresh take on Nordic roots music. The young, five-piece ensemble digs deep into Norway’s extensive folk music archives to come up with rare traditional tunes. -- and give them new, modern arrangements influenced by rock, folk-metal, and jazz improvisation. Inspired by such artists as Hoven Droven, Meshuggah, and AC/DC, Gangar's Gangar's sound is driven by the unique sound of Norway’s Hardanger fiddle. Once vilified as "the devil's instrument" in folktales and banned in churches, the hardanger is now celebrated as the country's national instrument, and gives Gangar its distinctive swing. The band's mission is to bring traditional Norwegian melodies to a wider audience.

Since their first concert in 2021, Oslo-based Gangar have established themselves as one of Norway’s most in-demand musical exports; with their original take on traditional Norwegian folk and roots music. Gangar are known as a formidable live band that consistently delivers shows filled with energy, audience interaction, dancing, and top-shelf musicianship. This combination makes it hard for any audience to keep their feet off of the dance floor. They’ve forged a deep bond with audiences at home and abroad, playing shows all over Europe, including Finland’s Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Germany’s Rudolstadt Festival, Estonia’s Viljandi Folk Music Festival, and the Groningen Performing Arts Festival in the Netherlands.

In 2022 Gangar was one of four Norwegian artists invited to play a showcase at the Nordic Folk Alliance in Gothenburg, Sweden; they also were chosen to participate in the prestigious Global Music Match program that same year. In 2023 the group played an official showcase at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, USA, Gangar is scheduled to tour concerts and festivals in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Australia throughout 2023 and 2024.

Gangar released their debut EP "Tre Danser", on Heilo Records in the autumn of 2022, which Metal Storm called “a short but sweet EP” and “a promising sign of things to come”. Their debut album "Stubb" (September 2023) delivers on that promise.

Band members:
Mattias Thedens - Fiddles
Oskar Lindberget - Saxophone
Richard Max - Electric guitar
Jonas Thrana Jensen - Electric bass
Henrik Dullum - Drums


participating in

  • WOMEX 2023
  • WOMEX 2022
stand number WOMEX 23: 59-60


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