On the Danish band Asynje, on finding inspiration in dusty old manuscripts, and on modern Viking romanticism. It is night. In Denmark’s National Museum, in the middle of old Copenhagen, the over two hundred year-old...

Himmerland is playing new music across styles, cultures and frontiers. On a mild autumn evening in March at one of Australia’s major folk festivals, the huge crowd in the big marquee clap and shout their admiration...

On a fine May evening, at a big outdoor venue at a Canadian music festival, a concert is in full swing with the Danish quartet, Svøbsk, one of the most popular bands on the Danish...

A talk with the Danish trio Tradish about living your life for the music, finding inspiration, and getting off on the good energy. “We’ve just driven down from Göteborg, where we played a concert last...

On playing the tune on bass, being dragged to folk dancing by your mother, and respecting the tradition on your own terms. “The Danish band Trias’ debut album is one of the most complete and...

The five musicians on stage are bathed in soft, coloured light. The audience are listening intently. The concentration is broken now and then when folk shout their appreciation of a particularly well-executed musical finesse. For...

We are in a small music venue in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. It’s hot, and it’s full of people talking, drinking, laughing and listening to the loud, intense music. On stage is a huge, long-haired,...

“Basco is a fiddle-scraping, box-belting, guitar-swinging, trombone-packing folk/roots band with an energy that has been compared to that of a bunch of sixth-graders on camp. It’s members met at the Carl Nielsen Academy of music...

Greatest hits of the 1700s set for violin, viola, cello and voice. We meet one early spring evening in the pleasant little café in the foyer of a small hotel in Flensborg, on the German-Danish...

Picture a typical summer festival somewhere in Europe. It is getting late, the sun has gone down, and the audience gather in front of the main stage. No-one knows exactly what is going to happen...