Blekinge Mode

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En god vän och musiker pratade häromdagen om “Blekinge ‘mode’”, och jag tänkte att det var ju en på alla vis innehållslös term. Hade nästan glömt bort det, tills jag senare gick igenom filmer från mina två senaste konserter som råkade vara i Blekinge, ja troligen själva Blekinges två sista folkmusikkonserter. Upptäckte något festligt. Kolla själva!!
Det kan verka som att om man ändrar tempot med några få slag per minut på någon av sångerna, så kan de i princip spelas samtidigt. Den rytmiska strukturen ligger där. Liksom tonerna, själva “the mode”. (På den aktuella dialekten låter förresten engelskans “mode” som “mod”. Tänkvärt, i dessa dagar.)
Det första att invända mot denna analys av samtida folkmusik i Blekinge, är väl förmodligen utifrånperspektivet. För filmens enda sångare/dansare som inte är Blekingebo är den som gjort analysen, och skriver dessa rader.
Ha nu en rysligt trevlig både nationaldag och ramadan, som i år råkar infalla samma dag!!

Grafik och politik om mikrotonalitet

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Kristin visar med hjälp av sin kontrabas från 1952 vad som finns mellan de svarta och de vita tangenterna.



Årsmöte för 2015

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Kallelse till årsmöte för året 2015.

Datum: 2 maj kl 19.00
OBS! Framflyttat till 9 juni kl 19.00, pga jobb!

Plats: Möllekulla

Hör av er om ni vill läsa verksamhetsberättelse, revisionsberättelse, mm i förväg.



Kurzeme – Kurland – Courland

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It was time to go west, to Kurzeme. However, what we thought would be a simple breakfast and a quick breakup, turned into something more intriguing. At morning coffee in the camping van the whole Spics family came to visit – fair maidens with kokles, shy sons with bell instruments, wives and fiancées…    Morning coffee with singing and playing, and deep discussions about art and design. We would probably still be sitting there if we hadn’t had an appointment at the Russian school.





We thought it also would be simple to deliver the book at the school, but the janitor, who happened to be quite a clown, directed our van into the guarded school parking and took us by the arm and lead us upstairs to the second floor, where all the school children had their yearly singing and dancing performance. Powerful experience! Strong young voices and colorful traditional costumes. And, as a bonus, several of Malin’s singing friends were gathered at the school for a meeting. There were laughters and hugs and talks about future collaborations.



It was late before we arrived at the village of Gudinieki. But before we could have our longed-for dinner we drove our van into the soft Courlandian mud. At least two hours of digging, wheel spinning and calling home to Sweden for good advice before we finally had the van on solid ground. A little bit sweaty, but actually a great method to get to know new people.

Intangible heritage at the Folk Gala

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We are proud to announce that during this year’s Folk och världsmusikgalan in Västerås, [] there will be a concert by Bessman []. Here is a little something from one of their earlier performances. 


Three of Bessman’s singers will give a seminar/workshop in intangible heritage. Astrid Selling will focus on the south Swedish May singing tradition. 


Marie Länne Persson [] will speak about sånglekar, dances you sing while dancing/playing. 

Kristin Borgehed will invite to a discussion about the use of older religious songs in a contemporary semi-secular setting. 


Very welcome to join us in Västerås in a few weeks!! 

singing traditions through six generation

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Yesterday #koraleriet – A PROJECT ON FEMALE VOICES. ANCIENT PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC LOCAL HYMNS. MONODIC AND POLYPHONIC – met to sing and to record a few songs in Kallinge kyrka.  We were only four singers instead of nine, and that invited us to play around with new sounds for a while.


Apart from preparing for our big recording session that will take place in April, we ended up singing songs only from Kristin’s relatives. The fact that these songs are now passed on and spread to singers and listeners very far away from what we refer to as the original setting (even though all similar settings are equally original in the eyes of tradition) made me eager to make a short film of one of the songs, a funeral hymn after my great grandfather Back Erk Daniel Ersson. This to show the very people that have been crucial in keeping this singing style and this particular song alive, and NOT stored in some archive someplace.

When performing traditional music nowadays, it is often the performers that get the appreciation, while the sources remain anonymised. This little video is an attempt to turn this around, to rather show the great mutual confidence and strong personal connections that are the foundation for any strong tradition. From the old wooden cabin in the late 1800s, until today. A quite exotic approach in a capitalist post modern world where we are believed to construct our identity through picking and mixing any impulse we may like along the way, and to earn admiration as if we invented it ourselves.

From men to women, from strictly religious to a (for some of our singers) semi-secular approach, from vertical transmission through six generations in Dalarna, to horisontal transmission among friends and colleagues in Blekinge 2016!


After all, you do share your best songs and advice only with the ones you love!!