Anders Norudde turned up like a breath of fresh air in the mid-1980s. He is not from a family of fiddlers, nor from an area with any strong tradition of folk music, but it was clear from the start that here was an dynamic musician who did things his own way.
Old folk music instruments have always fascinated Anders. His burning curiosity drove him to research and develop the possibilities offered by the Swedish bagpipe and the Moraharpa, the oldest preserved form of the nyckelharpa. Anders was also a pioneer in writing new music for old instruments. The music from his native region of east Värmland and Närke was a strong source of inspiration and this repertoire has followed him ever since.
In 1987-88 he was involved in drama project "Den Stora Vreden" at the Popular Theatre in Gävle, helping to create a new form of drama using music inspired by folk music. The production successfully broke new ground, leading the way for many others. Also involved in the project were Björn Tollin and Hållbus Totte Mattsson, and the three of them started the group Hedningarna.
Hedningarna made their big break-through in the early 1990s. Combining ancient sounds and instruments with an innovative attitude and modern arrangements, Hedningarna attracted a newer and younger audience to Swedish folk music. Never before had a folk group managed to enter the pop charts and draw capacity audiences to rock clubs. Hedningarna is also one of the Swedish folk groups which has had most impact abroad making memorable appearances in festivals all over the world.
As a soloist, however, Anders is relatively unknown. Many have been captivated by his virtuosity as multi-instrumentalist and by his ability to write good tunes. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be able to present Anders' first solo album. This is a project in which Anders has made music on his own terms and here we hear him in both old tunes and new compositions. "Kan Själv" (I can do it myself!) is a musical portrait of one of the great folk musicians of our time.