Folk & Rackare
Two of the most important albums from the 1970’s Scandinavian folk music scene debuted on digital music services in May 2019. Ulf Gruvberg’s and Carin Kjellman’s album Folk och Rackare (1976) and Rackarspel (1978), which they released after forming the group Folk & Rackare together with Norwegians Jørn Jensen and Trond Villa.
The booklet to the original vinyl release of Rackarspel can be read, in Swedish, in PDF format HERE.
Carin Kjellman and Ulf Gruvberg – honorary prize recipients at the 2018 Folk and World Music Gala – are legends, both as folk musicians and for their doubly educational efforts as radio hosts and editors on the Swedish Radio.
Their cooperation began in Gothenburg in 1970. Soon, they began botanizing and modernizing medieval ballads. Their music also struck a balance between conservation and breaking new ground.
The debut album Med rötter i medeltiden (“Rooted in the Middle Ages”) came in 1974 and Folk och Rackare (“Folks and Rascals”) followed in 1976. Before the album Rackarspel (“Rackets”) came out in 1978, they had formed the group together with Jørn Jensen and Trond Villa. They reached international success and started touring around Europe, while the albums sold in editions that, today, would render gold and platinum records. Three more albums would follow before the group disbanded in 1986.
Parts of the repertoire or sound of groups such as Garmarna, Ranarim and not least Fränder can be traced back along the paths that Folk & Rackare forged. Their influence is also evident in Lena Willemark‘s way of approaching ballads.
Since 2017, Folk & Rackare are reunited, and with the digital debut of Folk och Rackare and Rackarspel, there are two more Swedish folk music classics just one click away. Timeless songs in new formats, just as originally intended.
Dec 1977 to jan 1978, Metronome Studio
Producers: Janne Hansson & Folk & Rackare
Technician: Janne Hansson
Graphic design: Jens S-Jensen, Sofia Berry
Carin Kjellman: Vocals, guitar, dulcimer
Ulf Gruvberg: Vocals, guitar, jew’s harp, percussion
Trond Villa: Vocals, fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, percussion
Jørn Jensen: Vocals, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, bowed psaltery, crumhorn, jew’s harp
Sten Forsman: Bass
Åke Sundquist: Drums, percussion
Tomas Lundkvist: Accordion, oboe
- 1.Vänner och fränder Music: Traditional
- 2.Halling etter Knut Dale Music: Traditional
- 3.Bältet Music: Traditional
- 4.Segla mej ut Music: Traditional
- 5.Äggavisan Music: Traditional
- 6.Lussi lilla Music: Traditional
- 7.En sjömansbrud ska blåklädd gå Music: Traditional/Viktor Johanson
- 8.Halling efter Martin Martinsson Music: Traditional
- 9.Staffan och Herodes Music: Traditional
- 10.Haugebonden Music: Traditional
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