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Väsen

Sweden

Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin started playing together as teenagers around 1980. During the early 1980's they would regularly visit Curt and Ivar Tallroth and Eric Sahlström, older musicians who lived nearby in the Uppland region, where they would play and learn traditional music from them. In this way they became a link in the living tradition that Swedish folk music has enjoyed through the centuries.
In 1989, at a music gathering in Røros, Norway, Olov met Roger Tallroth and asked if he would like to try to jam on nyckelharpa and guitar for a bit. Roger declined, intent at that moment on taking a shower. Fortunately, the shower was occupied, so Roger returned with his guitar, and they played for the rest of the day and far into the night. While Olov and Mikael were playing fairly straightforward folkmusic duets, Roger's chordings and rhythms provided a different twist on Swedish traditional music.
Despite some resistence from traditionalists, this sound helped attract an entirely new audience to Swedish folk music, and the band's popularity gradually grew, along with their international reputation.
In 2013, Väsen played in Cape Breton, at Celtic Colours, for the first time and audience reaction demanded that we have them back this year.

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