Performance and forests…

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The best way to perform folkmusic is to have the opportunity to bring it back to a place and an environment where it once used to exist.

Today we were a part of the opening of an Eco-park in the forests on the border of Skåne and Blekinge, by the lake Raslången. Vast forests of beech trees, those enormous trees that create an open and bright forest that seems to amaze every time you see it. And although the weather was windy and wet it was a nice day.

Last week we visited, together with some of the participants of the project Baltic Sea Inter Cult, the archive DAL (Dialekt- and ortsnamnarkivet) and listened to old recordings of calling and herding in these same forests. “Valla på skog” (herding in the forest) seemed to be a common expression among the informants. A practice that seems to be obvious in the northern part of Sweden, but still needs to be rediscovered here in the south.

And today we had the opportunity to bring the cultural sound of the forest back in its original place. It was the forest company Sveaskog, that hired us to bring a cultural and historical perspective to the opening, as well as setting an atmosphere.

We played tunes and sang songs from Skåne, Blekinge and Småland. And in between the different stations we did some office work in the car…

Moveable office…

And we’re off!!

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Thinking, planning and discussing has been going on for a while…but now we can actually say that we are up in the air! We have a blog and soon it will be connected to our new website  www.folkpractice.com.

This blog will be part of an awesome place – a center for folk practice discussions around the Baltic Sea. Folk music practice in action, in use, now and in the past.

Lat Wednesday and Thursday “the Operating Office” – i.e. Astrid and Kristin (so far…) – spent two days pulling everything together. First a day at Musik i Blekinge and the Litorina Folk High School presenting the Baltic Sea Inter Cult project. And then we tucked ourselves into a cabin by the sea to allow energy and thoughts to run freely.

Look out for more information…