July 5, 2017

This is blog no. 9 about our 2016 album The Mountain King. Recorded and mixed at Wall of Sound Studio by John Wall in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tilili is performed by Scott Darsee, electric guitar, Johanna Hongell-Darsee, vocals and Månmarkspipa...

This is blog no. 8 about our 2016 album The Mountain King. Recorded and mixed at Wall of Sound Studio by John Wall in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Far in the Hills is performed by Scott Darsee, electric guitar, and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, vocals and jouhikko. You can...

March 27, 2017

This is blog no. 7 about our album The Mountain King. Recorded at Wall of Sound Studio with John Wall in Albuquerque. Return is performed by Scott Darsee, Weissenborn slide guitar, and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, vocals and percussion. You can hear the full song on our Rec...

December 1, 2016

Here we return to the Child ballad no. 41, and a Scottish melody. At this point in the story several years have passed - at least in the "Otherworld", as time passes at differently in this other world and the human world. The Mountain King and the young woman...

August 8, 2016

This is blog no. 3 about our album The Mountain King. Recorded at Wall of Sound Studio in Albuquerque. Mountain Door is performed by Scott Darsee, fretless bass and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, vocals.

You can hear the song on our Recordings page.

In this song you will...

This image is from our Outpost Performance in May 2015. From Left: Johanna Hongell-Darsee, Phrank Bramlitt, Tej Bhavsar, Larry Otis, Liz Madden, Alicia Ultan, Scott Darsee

 

 

Lately I have been pondering over what an audience gets out of a live concert as opposed to reco...

As the year comes to a close we would like to thank all the wonderful people we have had the opportunity to work with in 2015. Whenever your see a performance or concert, it is likely the tip of the iceberg. So much work and so much help is needed before the moment of...

 

 

 

The Material

 

Working out our songs is actually quite a long process. I usually like to group songs by a theme. I dig up ballads that have variants in several geographic areas and that tell a compelling story. I then look for the same storyline in myths, legends and...

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...

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