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...

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...

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...

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