Varelse opening for Fru Skagerrak!

Varelse is thrilled to be added to Fru Skagerrak for a performance at the Nordia House on October 15th. more information, as well as tickets, click here:

About Fru Skagerrak:

Fru Skagerrak brings together the diverse traditions from each of the members’ homelands, which surround the Skagerrak strait in Scandinavia. Through a repertoire of traditional tunes, new compositions, and songs in their respective languages, they express their kinship and love of their shared heritage. The result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.

The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between. Fru Skagerrak- ”Lady Skagerrak” – are three master musicians – one from each Scandinavian country: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark, Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway and Anna Lindblad from Sweden.

In 2011, these three globetrotting musicians met for the first time at Tønder Festival, Denmark’s biggest Folk Festival, in a roaring session that had engulfed the backstage bar. Through the mayhem of tunes you could feel a certain Scandinavian groove, and in that moment the connection between these three fiddlers was clear. After meeting at Tønder150504 Logo Fru Skagerrak Festival for three consecutive years, Fru Skagerrak finally saw the light of day in August 2014.

Debut Album out now!

Our debut album, “Creature Comforts,” is now available for purchase! Last November we filled Amy’s basement with microphones and, over the course of a few weekends, recorded all the tracks live in the same room. No dramatic edits, no punching in and out; the only musical element that wasn’t tracked live was the the percussive spoons played on “Gilsaw / Katie Bar the Door,” which we decided to add in after much deliberation (the addition of percussive spoons is never to be taken lightly).

We’re very proud of this recording, which we made only a few months after forming the band. The album reflects the variety of our musical backgrounds, including several original Swedish folk tunes, traditional American old time melodies, original pieces in American/Irish styles, and a traditional Finnish song. The album is available for purchase on the CD Baby store, Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon Music, and is available for streaming on Spotify and other streaming services.