FolkWorld #81 11/2023
© GO' Danish Folk Music


Scanian Very Old Pop

GO' Danish Folk Music present new album: Hialøsa - Scanian very old pop.

Hialøsa plays very old music from Skåne, the southern Swedish region of Scania. After the music video "Stanna Där ni är" which was released in the fall of 2022, the group was nominated as newcomer of the year at the Swedish Folk and World Music Gala in 2023.

The sound of violins in three octaves, stomping feet and voices in variegated timbres take the audience on a journey with everything from raw polskas to fragile hymns. Through new and old compositions based on traditional songs, dance melodies and Skåne's history, a fantasy of a landscape is painted. Songs about life and death, memories of a past and a vision for the future. In May 2022, the concert "Scanian very old pop" was documented in Studio Sunnanå outside Arlöv.


Artist Video Hialøsa "Scanian very old pop", GO’ Danish Folk Music, 2023

In addition to the CD, Hialøsa releases an AI-animated music video of our cover of Seikilos (one of the world's oldest songs - interpreted from a Greek stone, which is combined with a hymn by Hildegaard von Bingen interpreted on double bass. Collaboration with video artist Jonas Johansson.

Malte Zeberg – double-bass, voice and foot stomping

Comes from the former capital of Scania, the city of knowledge. During the golden ages it was the spiritual center of northern europe. Malte is probably the first double bass player deeply enrooted in Scanian traditional music. Famous in central europe as a troll. Works part time digging up old musicians and asking them about very old music. Malte has lived in many parts of Scania and thus has a true Scanian-cosmopolitan perspective on life, which combined with world music studies outside Scania has given him a versatile knowledge about rythm and bass.

Alva Bosdottir – fiddle, voice and foot stomping

Grew up in the shadows of the infamous castle Trollenäs, according to legend founded by the werewolf Gunnar Grøpe 1100 years ago. Alva is the latest in a long line of fiddle masters, keeping the honorary title as “näcken i Degeberga”, the most presitigous position a scanian fiddler can get. This title forces her to play naked in a river every year the week before midsummer. Alva also plants trees and flowers, trying to turn Malmö into a forest and simultaneusly working to re-establish Hultarp as a center of high-culture, (its close to Søsdala).

Love Kjellsson – voice, octave fiddle, foot stomping and handclap

Grew up in the hilly landscapes of the apple kingdoms in eastern Scania. Love is a true renaissance man with equal passion for poetry, frogs, flowers, performance art, political dramaturgy and traditional music. He can easily be blown away by the winds of history but spends most of the year travelling with the circus. Taught to play fiddle by his mother. Studied secrets of the performance arts in the capital of Sweden.

Photo Credits: (1)-(2) Hialøsa (unknown/website).

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