MUSICANS Olov Johansson: Chromatic Nyckelharpa, Kontrabasharpa Roger Tallroth: Guitar, Oud Mikael Marin: Viola
Väsen has become one of Sweden's most well known and popular folk music groups, and this is their first album from 1990. Here the nyckelharpa player Olov Johansson and his companions Mikael Marin on the viola and Roger Tallroth on the guitar and oud opened up new frontiers in traditional music. Already here, Väsen have their own style with a good mixture of tradition and new ideas, and their playing is full of both virtuosity and feeling. This recording contains traditional tunes from Uppland, in Väsen's own arrangements. Olov plays both the chromatic nyckelharpa and kontrabasharpa.