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.
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:
Here is a link to her Facebook page:
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.
Agneta Stolpe sings the tune Äppelbo gånglåt.
Agneta 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.
Web site: www.agnetastolpe.se.
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.
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.
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