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The Folk Music Podcast

Each week, Norwegian musician Anders Lillebo sits down with remarkable people from the world of folk music to explore topics like music history, instruments, creativity, the place of music in society and much more!

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Swedish folk guitar, with Oskar Reuter

In episode 15, I’m speaking with Swedish folk guitarist Oskar Reuter. Oskar is a versatile musician who is currently in high demand on the Scandinavian folk scene. In August he released his first solo album, called «Current State», featuring a collection of mostly original tunes played on fingerstyle guitar. Highly recommended!I had a great time chatting with Oskar about his approach to folk music, his guitar style, his journey from jazz into the folk world, his solo album, his experiences in learning the nyckelharpa, and a bunch of other things!Please visit the show website for videos, links and more info about the episode: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/swedish-folk-guitar-with-oskar-reuter


21 Dec 2020

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Landskein, with Lauren MacColl

In episode 14 I’m speaking with Scottish fiddler Lauren MacColl about her latest album, her creative process and the art of approaching old traditional material, whether it being in written or recorded form. For links, video and additional resources, visit the show website: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/landskein-with-lauren-maccoll


26 Oct 2020

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A World of Folk Music, with Olav Luksengård Mjelva

In this episode I’m traveling to the Norwegian city Røros to speak with Olav Luksengård Mjelva, one of the busiest fiddlers in Norway. I’ve been a fan of Olav’s work for a long time, so it’s a real treat to be able to have him as a guest on the show. In our conversation we discuss his approach to musical collaborations, how to succeed as a touring musician and the importance of finding your own voice as a musician.For show notes and additional resources, please se: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com

1hr 16mins

7 Oct 2020

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The Art of Storytelling, with Matthew Byrne

In this episode I’m speaking with Folk singer and guitarist Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland about storytelling, tradition, creativity and guitar picks!For video, links and other resources, please visit the show website: https://www.thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/the-art-of-storytelling-with-matthew-byrne

1hr 13mins

22 Sep 2020

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The Music of Riverdance, with Emma McPhilemy

Emma McPhilemy is the musical director of the Riverdance. On this episode we speak about her work with the show and also how she approaches the music industry as a classically trained musician.


15 Aug 2020

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Faroese ballads & Transatlantic Folk, with Raske Drenge

In this episode of the show I’m speaking with Ragnar Finsson and Oscar Beerten from the Faroese-Belgian duo Raske Drenge. Topics covered include their new album, the history of the Faroe Islands, the art of being in a successful band together and how push the boundaries of the folk music genre.For links, resources and videos, please visit the show website: https://bit.ly/2PjMyac


2 Aug 2020

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Chicago Blues & Finnskogspols, with Richard Gjems

This week I’m joined by Norwegian Harmonica player Richard Gjems.Richard has been one of the most respected harmonica players in the Norwegian blues scene for a long time, but he has been working in pretty much every musical genre there is, and a lot of his style comes from mixing different genres and techniques in an original way.Topics we touch on in this conversation includes Nordic Folk Music on the Harmonica, similarities between the blues scene and the folk scene, what it means to play the blues in 2020, how to balance tradition and innovation, branding, and a bunch of other things. Classic podcast conversation in other words!For links, resources and videos, please see the episode page: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/chicago-blues-amp-finnskogspols-with-richard-gjems


17 Jul 2020

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The Session, with Snorre Solem

This episode is all about the phenomenon known in Irish circles as «the session», which basically means a gathering of musicians playing Irish traditional music together in an informal way. Everyone that has been involved in Irish music, one way or another will be familiar with this. As any other social gathering, it comes with its own set of unwritten rules and etiquette, and that is something I find very interesting to observe. For links, video and other resources, please see: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/the-session


4 Jul 2020

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Exploring Scandinavian Rhythms, with Jens Linell

Today's guest is Swedish percussion player Jens Linell. Jens is a well-known musician on the Scandinavian trad scene, through bands like SVER and GKN5. He is also a very thoughtful person with a lot of interesting views on folk music, so I knew he would be a great person to have on the show!In this conversation, we touch on topics like the role of percussion Scandinavian traditional music, the relationship between music and dance, and what it means for a drummer or a guitar player to identify as a folk musician today. 

1hr 21mins

26 Jun 2020

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Tradition & Experimentation, with Sarah-Jane Summers

In this episode I’m speaking with Scottish fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers. As well as being a tradition bearer of the Scottish old Highland style of fiddling, she has managed to create her own musical universe with a strong influence from free improvisation.In our conversation we touch on different topics like Scottish music, how to approach improvisation as a traditional musician, and how having a family impacts your work as a musician.For links and more info, please visit: https://thefolkmusicpodcast.com/episodes/sarah-jane-summers


19 Jun 2020