Himmerland is a group of five traveling musicians, each carrying very different life stories and traditions in his rucksack. They hail from three regions in Denmark: Bornholm (an island in the Baltic Sea), Copenhagen, and Northern Jutland, as well as from Poland and Ghana. Himmerland compose what they call “New Danish music across styles, cultures and frontiers”. Folk, world, roots and jazz are some of the spicy ingredients that flavour the melting pot created by Eskil Romme (soprano sax), Ditte Fromseier (violin, vocal), Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar, vocal), Andrzej Krejniuk (electric bass) and Ayi Solomon (percussion, vocals). The result is a blend of old Danish ballads, equilibristic improvisations and fascinating new music.
These five “Shared Souls” first hit it off while contributing to Eskil’s solo album Himmerlandsmelodier. After a 2010 tour of the Faroe Islands, they decided to become a full time band. “Himmerland” refers to the place where they originally met: the area between Mariager Fjord and Limfjorden in the north of Jutland, Denmark’s main peninsula.
Eskil Romme is from Funen, but has lived in Himmerlands for most of his life. On his many travels in Scandinavia and the UK, he developed his very own "North Sea blend" of sounds and styles. Sigurd Hockings is one of the most skilful and versatile folk guitarists in Denmark, who draws inspiration from both the Scandinavian and Celtic music traditions. Ayi Solomon is Ghanaian, but has lived in Copenhagen for over 30 years. He has performed and toured with a wide range of top professional bands, including, most notably, Pierre Dørge & The New Jungle Orchestra.
Himmerland is easily one of the most travelled groups on Denmark's roots and folk music scene. They regularly tour the globe, playing at festivals in Scotland, Europe, Canada, Russia, South America, Australia and beyond.