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Women singing by the water – sailing songs in their best environment

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More singers on their way? We gathered by the ferry to Hästholmen in the Karlskrona archipelago, for a day of traditional sailor, sailing and water songs. Among them sea shanties, dance tunes, and hymns.

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Women of all generations singing loudly out to the Baltic Sea, and the next generation of singers is gradually being secured!!

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Passionate singing!

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Songs about the symbolism of bare feet dipped in either the sea or in red wine…

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The singing session was organised together with the local traditional boats club.

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A local boat type.

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Looks scarier than it was, but inspirational danger can be good…

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How to cool drinks and walk the plank…

Thanks everybody for your great contribution to a lovely day!!

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En heldag i skärgården med folkmusikkkören!!

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Folkmusikkören förlägger sommarens sammankomst till Östra Hästholmen, i samband med Föreningen Allmogebåtar i Blekinges årliga varvsdag. En heldag ut i skärgården, lördagen den 11 juli, från klockan tolv och framåt!!

Vi kommer att ha visutlärning i det gröna och sjunga sjömansvisor inne i varvet och när vrakekorna Klaura och Däkan seglar ut på fjärden. Vid varvet kommer det finnas servering av sillamackor, hantverk, loppis, samt samhällsföreningens hembakade fikabord!!! Dessutom kan vi ha det allmänt skönt och ta ett dopp i havet.

Vi samlas och samåker ut till ön – vi ska ut i riktiga i skärgården ju!! Det är bilfärja som gäller 🙂 Medtag picknick-korg, instrument (kan vara bra att ha), nåt att sitta på. Som vanligt tar vi 2 tjugor för samsången.

Som vanligt får man gärna bjuda med vänner och familj. Och har man aldrig varit med förr är det bara att hänga på!! sommarhälsningar /Astrid & Kristin

Joys of field work

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Hej friends! Within Ethnography, we often tend to talk about field work, not really sure of if people know what it may look like. To overcome this we want to share some various pictures from Folk Practice Academy’s field work the past four years – enjoy!!

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Astrid leading a session with Swedish, Polish and Estonian musicians in Ronneby during the Baltic Trad/e Conference January 2013
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“Julstuga”, a traditional Christmas music party at Astrid’s, in Jernavik December 2012
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Kristin teaching the young talents of Baltic Sea Inter Cult, before a dance concert at Korrö 2012
some workdays are analysing our Swedish singers in a remote corridor at a London airport...
some workdays are analysing our Swedish singers in a remote corridor at a London airport…
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Teaching ballads at Backafestivalen, July 2013.
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The fabulous singing weekend in Scotland!!
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#koraleriet – the project with female voices doing Protestant and Catholic hymns
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LivatWiwat – the Polish/Swedish big band
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Julstuga Jernavik, December 2014.
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Basic Folk and Tradition, our latest project with young people, folk music and folk arts.

For a much bigger gallery of folk music and folk art pictures, please take a look at our Facebook webpage.

Thanks for now!

Kristin

Upprop – Majsjungningen är inte utdöd!

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Ibland uttrycker vi oss slarvigt. Vi säger att Majsjungningen är en utdöd tradition som vi vill väcka till liv igen. Men i själva verket är den högst levande. I folks sinnen och minnen! När man i bygden börjar diskutera gamla Valborgsminnen, minns många brasan och körens sång på folkhögskolans trappa, men man minns också hur man sen vandrade mellan gårdarna och sjöng för att få ägg till pannkakskalas. Vi vill samla så mycket vi kan av minnen, bilder, texter och filmer. Från förr eller från i fjol. Lägg upp vad du har på Instagram eller Twitter och hashtagga! #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy

Här står vi några piltar små...
Här står vi några piltar små…

Singing in agony

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Yesterday, Folk Practice Choir met up at the Handcraft House in Ronneby to sing songs about emigration and traveling. Nowadays traveling is usually connected to happiness, adventure and thrills, but before, at least according to the songs left behind, moving meant despair, hunger, inconvenience and uncertainty.

We had a wonderful evening singing out in agony, learning trills and decorations, drone singing and pulse.

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New year and more singing with the Folk Practice Choir!

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Wednesday the 21st of January we will start up a great year of traditional singing with The Folk Practice Choir. The theme of the first session is songs about emigration.
Place: Slöjdhuset, Ronneby.
Time: 18.30 – 21.00
Bring: your own fika…

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Midwinterfeast with the folk singers

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Saturday we had a sort of combo-party. We ended the Autumn singing and marked a beginning for the Spring. But we also took farewell (for a while) of Kristin who is going to make Aberdeen her headquarters for the coming year. Good Luck, Kristin!

The day promised a dark, snowy and cold atmosphere and we started out by singing songs around the fire that we had lit at Gamlegården, eating all kinds of left-overs found on the shelves at the FPA HQ – glögg, meringues, candy, cookies, salty sticks, müsli… well, we didn’t serve the last one…

The songs were of course about darkness, fire and coal.

Later we moved into the house, put fires in the stoves and sang the most horrific ballads about sorrow, sickness and lost love.

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