With a voice that is both ethereal and powerful, Ulrika Bodén is regarded as one of Sweden’s most foremost folk singers. She is sought-after as a soloist and the driving force behind numerous projects in Sweden and abroad, working creatively with the Swedish musical and folk cultural heritage. Ulrika grew up on a goat farm in Helgum, Ångermanland. The traditional songs from her home area, some of which she learned from old people close to where she grew up, has a very special place in her heart.
Ranarim used to be her main band for many years, now she is singing together with Sofia Sandén in their duo Sångsystrar, and also works a lot with the trio Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall.
Happy to share her music with others, Ulrika has become a much appreciated teacher, both in traditional singing and kulning/herding calls.
Live at Umefolk with Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU__C7gr3w
From her album Te berga blå (To the blue mountains)
Karin Lindström Kolterud's Norwegian family stayed at summer farms at the beginning of the last century, and used kulning as a working tool, calling for the animals. And as a folksinger today, she keeps that tradition alive. Karin has worked for many years at the outdoor museum Skansen in Stockholm, and learned how to make butter and cheese, as her grandmother's mother once did at the summer farm. She has performed with kulning at Skansen, and in many other contexts. Since 2011 she has givencourses in kulning and folksong., with a special emphasis on using Kularkraft as a powerful way to wellness in mind and body.
Anders Larsson is a Swedish folk singer, mandolinist and engineer living in Malmö. Having played in folk music groups such as Envisa, B.A.R.K. and Svanevit, he is a well-known profile on the Swedish folk music scene. He has previously taught in folk music education at Malung Folk High School and is now also a singing coach for preschool children.
Anders performs both solo and with his wife, Maria Larsson. They both work for an organization in southern Sweden called Musik i syd. Anders and Maria tour regularly in the U.S. and Germany.
Cajsa Ekstav is an accomplished nyckelharpa player, fiddler and singer. Born in Vendel in the province of Uppland, she grew up surrounded by the rich folk music tradition for which the area is known. Cajsa has performed both solo and in various groups beginning at a young age, and has toured several times throughout the U.S, Europe, and Japan, giving concerts and workshops. One of the newest groups she performs with is “Systerpolskan”, founded in 2016, initiated by Benny Andersson. Cajsa was awarded the title "riksspelman" in 1990 and is the chairman of the board of the Eric Sahlström Memorial Foundation. She has from early age collected folk songs which has been one of her big interests and has provided her much enjoyment.
Ulrika Gunnarsson here sings the tune Swan Polska. Ulrika works for Musik i syd and organizes many different singing events each year, including several workshops and performances at the renowned Korrö Festivalen in July each year.
Ulrika has studied Norwegian and Irish singing extensively, and brings that knowledge to the classes she teaches. She has made several recordings and her first album is devoted entirely to tralling--the Swedish version of lilting, or singing for dancing.
Emma Härdelin belongs to the fourth generation of professional folk musicians in the Härdelin family and has studied folk singing at Malung Folk High School.
For the past 27 years, she has made a name for herself on the folk and world music scene as a front singer in the groups Garmarna and Triakel and can also be heard in the bands Stringsisters, Bölja / Härdelin and Breda gatan.
Emma Härdelin sings the traditional Swedish tune, "Polska after Katrina Lundstedt":
Anne Charlotte Harvey, Swedish-born, educated in Sweden and the United States, is Professor Emerita of Theater at San Diego State University. As a translator and dramaturg, she has worked extensively with Scandinavian drama, notably Ibsen and Strindberg, yet is also known for pioneering work in documenting the cultural heritage of Scandinavian immigrants in the U.S.
Maria Misgeld sings in the award winning a´capella trio Irmelin, and teaches at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm. She is also Director of the Stockholm Folkmusic Choir (Stockholms folkmusikkör) at Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. She specializes in singing and teaching Kulning (herding Calls) and archaic songs from the North.
Tutorials for Kulning.
Susanne Rosenberg invented and started the project Folk Song Lab in 2014. She has been a singer, researcher and a pedagogue since the beginning of the 1980s.
Eva Rune, folk singer, choir leader, music maker, has been active in the folk music scene in Sweden and abroad since mid 90th. Rune is collaborating with a wide range of artist from different fields. Presently singing in her own new project Stormsvalan and with a capella group Irmelin. Photo by Maja Kristin Nylander
Eva sings Nu har vi slutat att fira julen: https://youtu.be/hDoXbfJQ0jU
Sofia Sandén studied at the Royal College of Music in the late 1900th, and is now working at RCM as a folk singing teacher. Sofia, Susanne and Eva were 3/4 of the singers in the legendary group Rosenbergs Sjua. The picture was taken during the recording session of Folk Song Lab in 2019.
Sofia Sandén sings Vinteren
Agneta Stolpe was born and raised In Äppelbo, in Västerdalarna. Folk music, choir singing, pop, jazz and classical music were all encouraged while she was growing up. She is a specialist and teacher in the art of “kulning,” a traditional and haunting song style used by women girls to communicate while they worked on the Swedish summer farms, or fäbodar. Agneta works as a vocal and rhetoric coach. and works with clients to develop and improve their presentation abilities.
Agneta sings the tune Äppelbo gånglåt. https://youtu.be/evy4z4wdtOA
Web site: www.agnetastolpe.se.
Eva Tjörnebo is a doctor but has spent much of her free time for many years collecting songs, especially from the area south of Stockholm where she lives, near Nyköping. Eva sings traditional Swedish songs with so much energy and emotion that you can't help but be drawn into the songs. She performs with the group Viskompaniet and teaches song workshops are so much fun and full of songs that you want to learn and sing over and over again. Here Eva sings a polska polska from Jämtland: https://youtu.be/NnPjv3Rp0hM Here is a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/viskompaniet/Here is a link to her web site: http://www.viskompaniet.seI
Karin Ericsson Back was born and raised in Rättvik, Dalarna. Member of Rättviks Spelmanslag when she grew up. Her main instrument is her voice and she has folk singing and kulning (Swedish herding call) as areas of expertise. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm 1998-2004, both musician and pedagogue degree. Since the mid 1990s she has toured in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia and USA. She is also a trained teacher of voice yoga. Karin composes and arrange music for her solo acts, for the vocal trio Irmelin and in collaboration with other musicians. Karin's singing is direct, honest and full of ornaments and joy. With a great knowledge of traditional Swedish folk music, she forms melodies and sound worlds that touch the listeners. Karin sing Det brinner en eld: https://youtu.be/kdXvuLRyGjc Website: https://karinericssonback.se