The Wandering Ballad – Song no. 2: Skön Anna

This is the second in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. At the time my grandmother passed away when I was in my twenties, one of the treasures I inherited from her was a book of ballads from the Swedish speaking part of Finland. I was very excited when I began reading these odd sung stories of strange, supernatural beings and tragic romances. I remembered I had heard about these ballads before. As a child I had spent two summers on an island called Nötö off the coast of Finland. On this island lived a lady called Svea Jansson, a famous ballad singer. She had even made a record and also appeared on radio. She had learned these medieval ballads from her gr

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