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Swedish folk styles are expressed through violins, viola, percussion, lute, bowed harps, Jew's harps, bouzouki, and guitars — not to mention hurdy-gurdy [!] — in this young ensemble's rich arrangements. Giving them an even more unique style is the almost Celtic inflection of strident vocalist Emma Hardelin. When Rumpelstiltskin was possessed with such jubilance that he gave away his most valuable secret to the night, he must have been dancing to the sounds of Garmarna.


Formed: 1990 in Sweden

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Adding modern touches to traditionally based Swedish folk music has made Garmarna one of top groups of the Scandinavian Folk resurgence of the '90s. Their debut album, 1994's Vittrad, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy while their second album, 1996's Guds Speleman, received the Swedish Grammy award "Album of the Year." Released in the United States, the album placed high on the CMJ New Music chart. In late 1996, Guds Speleman reached the fifth posotion on a Top 25 list compiled by the Canadian...
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