January 9, 2015

This is the tenth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

Skön Anna (Sweden) is the same ballad as Skön Anna (Finland) with another melody variant.

I found this melody in the database made available online by Svenskt Visarkiv. Here you...

December 2, 2014

This is the nineth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

Sweet William is basically the same song as Wake up, it is just a different melody variant, and when we told the story of the runaway couple we used it to begin and end the sh...

November 6, 2014

This is the eight in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

Wake up is yet another ballad telling the story of Earl Brand/King Vallemo. The ballad has now sailed over the Atlantic with migrants, and as usual it has adapted to its surrou...

October 3, 2014

This is the seventh in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

This song is a small fragment from a long ballad, noted down in the Swedish speaking prat of Finlend, about two Vikings meeting in a lonely place.

One of them threatens to kil...

September 5, 2014

This is the sixth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

King Vallemo is a ballad telling the same story as Earl Brand.

Whereas in Earl Brand the daughter of the king of England runs away with an earl, in the Scandinavian variant a gi...

August 11, 2014

This is the fifth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”.

With Fair Annie we return to the story of the poor Anna/Annie/La Freine. (See “Les Tristes Noces” and “Skön Anna”)

This Child ballad describes the moment Annie’s longtime lover t...

This is the forth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”.

Most ballads are not telling nice stories. They often touch on very strong emotions. Love, sex, hatred, revenge. In that respect they remind me of soap operas. In the fashion of...

This is the third in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

The story of Earl Brand has been sung in ballad form far and wide, for centuries.

A young girl is secretly in love with a young man. He comes and whisks her away and the two you...

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 wa...

This is the first in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. 

There wasn’t enough space for lyrics and more extensive song information on the CD cover itself and people have asked for this, so I decided to publish this in blog form.   Thi...

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