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Fru Skagerrak

The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between. Fru Skagerrak (which translates to ”Lady Skagerrak”) – are three master musicians – one from each Scandinavian country: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark, Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway, and Anna Lindblad from Sweden.

In 2011, these three globetrotting musicians met for the first time at the Tønder Festival, Denmark’s biggest Festival, in a roaring session that had engulfed the backstage bar. Through the mayhem of tunes you could feel a certain Scandinavian groove, and in that moment the connection between these three fiddlers was clear. After meeting at Tønder Festival for three consecutive years, Fru Skagerrak finally saw the light of day in August 2014. The trio brings together the diverse traditions from each of their homelands, which surround the Skagerrak strait. Through a repertoire of traditional tunes, new compositions, and songs in their respective languages, they express their kinship and love of their shared heritage. The result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.

Fru Skagerrak is:

Anna Lindblad (Sweden): Fiddle and 5 -stringed fiddle (also known from LYY (S), Folk All-in Band (SE))

Elise Wessel Hildrum (Norway): Fiddle, recorder and song (also in Gudbrandsdølenes Spelemannslag (NO))

Maja Kjær Jacobsen (Denmark): Fiddle and song (also known from the Québécois/Danish duo Maja & David).

What People are saying:

“Fru Skagerrak is a new pan-Scandinavian folk music trio, excellent young musicians and composers with their hearts in the right place and full speed ahead. Listening to Fru Skagerrak simply makes you happy!”Morten Alfred Høirup, Guitarist and Radio Host

“The joy is evident in the companionship and in the music of these 3 powerhouse women from 3 different Scandinavian countries and fiddle traditions. Their combined sound is one of effortless beauty, grooving dance energy, and elegant arrangements. Not to be missed!” -  Natalie Haas, Cellist (Natalie Haas & Alasdair Fraser)

“They effortlessly blend their traditions for our greatest listening pleasure, in sweet melodies and energetic tunes.” – Le Canard, Belgium

“The repertoire is beautiful in its simplicity, at times rhythmical without being frenetic, or sad with a charming, more intimate sweetness. With its airy sound, the album immerses us in a Nordic atmosphere, both ancient and at the same time hard to define in the present. A very beautiful album.” – Le Devoir, Québec, Canada.