Two of Sweden’s most established folk musicians have joined forces in a duo format. Hazelius Hedin create music with a fervor that leaves few listeners unaffected. With music characterized by clarity and a presence that often produces the famous pin-factor in live settings, the two play and sing songs from the Swedish folk music repertoire that they have made their own.
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Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin started playing together as teenagers around 1980. They met and jammed on nyckelharpa and guitar with Roger Tallroth at a festival in 1989. While Olov and Mikael were playing fairly straightforward folkmusic duets, Roger’s chordings and rhythms provided a different twist on Swedish traditional music. They recorded an album and took on the name Väsen—a Swedish word with many meanings, “essence” among the most prominent. It was originally meant to just be an album title, but soon people were calling to book the band Väsen and the name stuck. The band’s popularity gradually grew, along with their international reputation. They have now released 15 albums and continue to tour regularly.