Fully aware of that this is a long and important discussion, we just simply want to highlight that a big local newspaper were unsatisfied with the little amount of women on stage on this year’s Hasslöfestivalen. Among their tips for coming years are among others Bessman, a quartet in which both Astrid and Kristin, Lisa Stormlod, and Marie Länne Persson (with excellent blog Slakamusiken https://slakamusiken.wordpress.com) sing. We want to celebrate this as a sigh of society’s increasing awareness of the aesthetic and entertaining potential of traditional music.
Luckily Bessman is planning a small tour in southern Sweden, so please let us know if you want us to come and sing!! Links to Bessman: https://soundcloud.com/bessman https://www.youtube.com/user/BessmanMusic https://www.facebook.com/bessmanmusic?fref=ts
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.
Women of all generations singing loudly out to the Baltic Sea, and the next generation of singers is gradually being secured!!
Songs about the symbolism of bare feet dipped in either the sea or in red wine…
The singing session was organised together with the local traditional boats club.
A local boat type.
Looks scarier than it was, but inspirational danger can be good…
How to cool drinks and walk the plank…
Thanks everybody for your great contribution to a lovely day!!
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
We are very pleased by the huge number of new readers finding our blog, several hundreds from all over the world!! Among our readers are a mix of musicians, people that sing and play in sessions or like to attend festivals, researchers, folk art nerds and people with local connection to the event we cover. Working with this broad audience has lead to a few changes in the website structure.
Folk Practice Academy, often called FPA, was founded by long term colleagues Astrid Selling and Kristin Borgehed in 2011.
Since Folk Practice Academy is an international organisation, our blog posts will be mostly in English, but at times also Swedish, Estonian, or any other of the languages of our associated partners.
This dynamic approach to language does also go for the section of our website called Articles&Reflections. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us, even if you prefer to not write in English!
A few pictures from recent rehearsals with #koraleriet
“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)
Everything taught by heart, including incredibly tricky monodic and polyphonic microtonal music. No music sheets handed out. Ever.
Even if a 200 year hymn book often is smaller than a contemporary phone, it still lasts a hundred times longer. How about that for sustainability and transcendence?!!
Soon we are off to start our performances!!
Kristin & Astrid
#sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy – ethnographic research in local contemporary context
For this years May singing, the 30 of April as every year, we launched the tags #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy. Launching a hashtag might seem like an everyday thing, but was really an important step in out work. (Another one for our female religious singing project is #koraleriet )
Here is the three year old start of the public project on May singing. This is a result of Astrid Selling’s own ethnographic research, connected via FPA through projects at Lunds Universitet, Linnéuniversitetet and Högskolan på Gotland.
For the modern ethnographic researcher, social media has many benefits apart from only being a fashionable (and measurable!) way of getting her work known to the public audience. What is more important is the possibilities it gives to collect research data, and to, through a constant dialogue with other people interested in ethnography, folk music, folk art, etc, build mutual confidences around our practice. This is often called field work, and may happen actually in the fields, as on our camps with Krusznia in Poland, or, by the computer. We are pleased and proud to say that this dialogue does currently involve most parts of Europe, and even beyond!!
If you have something you want to share with us – please use the tags for photos/films/music, or mail us at email@example.com!!
Inför årets majsjungning drog vi igång #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy. Här är den tre år gamla uppstarten av den publika satsningen av majsjungningen, vilken är ett resultat av och i konstant dialog med Astrid Sellings etnografiska forskning och arbete!!
Med anledning av den gångna helgens VM i träskofiol hittade vi detta gamla klipp i vårt arkiv. Det är ungdomarna i Baltic Sea Inter Cult som besöker Stålagården i Mörrum, och får en omgivning bland gamla instrument och notböcker.
Dagen avslutades som sig bör hemma hos Astrid på Gamlegården, med köttgryta, pepsi max, och låtspel hela natten!!
This weekend yet another practice with the women singing ancient local religious psalms, songs and hymns is taking place. The choir is newborn, and the ladies, handpicked and of all ages and places in Blekinge.
All needed on a long train ride is some påskmust and a twohundred year old hymn book!! We are looking forward to see where our group’s ideas might take us! Next time we’re on stage!!
Back later with films and pictures!
Kristin & Astrid