Video Samples – Links

This is a general listing of available Scandinavian videos that have been posted to YouTube.   (If you have recommendations or if a link is dead, please contact me.) Due to the large number of tunes, I only set up a few YouTube viewing screens on this page.  The links should be live and will take you to YouTube.   See also my ‘Musicians – more Links‘ page for links to MySpace accounts.

There is a lot of good music played in all of the Scandinavian countries – these links show just the tip of the iceberg.  A single video, record, CD or even a small collection of recordings cannot completely convey the tremendous diversity of playing styles found throughout Scandinavia!


A very good selection of Swedish folk dance music videos from AOLS23 – contemporary and historic. Many from his site are posted below  YouTube AOLS23 channel

A good selection of Swedish videos can be found on Joel Bremer’s YouTube page.   YouTube Joel Bremer channel

Rita Leydon has posted some nice videos here  YouTube Rleydon’s Videos

Ohboj’s Channel – Videos from Ransäterstämman are posted here http://www.youtube.com/user/ohboj

Olle Gällmo – good Swedish bagpipe playing – http://www.youtube.com/user/ogallmo

Maed57 – A folkmusician from Värmland and videos of others playing Swedish Folk music http://www.youtube.com/user/maed57

Predikstoln’s channel offers some very interesting Swedish folk music videos that are worth listening to.    http://www.youtube.com/user/predikstoln#play/uploads

Backenaset’s channel (Anders Wikstrand) – some very good duets, folk music, etc. http://www.youtube.com/user/backenaset

Bobsyourcousin2 – A very large selection of good videos from festivals in Sweden, many from 1991 and 2010, can be found here.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8MMbzRTrTY&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL The main account is here http://www.youtube.com/user/bobsyourcousin2

520Garibaldi’s channel – some very good classic accordion videos http://www.youtube.com/user/520garibaldi

Mygghyttan’s channel – An excellent selection of videos!   http://www.youtube.com/user/Mygghyttan

Nyckelharpa group on YouTube – There are a LOT of nyckelharpa videos located here from different sources.  http://www.youtube.com/group/nyckelharpa


http://youtube.com/watch?v=S9dXssCP1og&feature=related A really cool group of musicians. This is the ‘Outhouse Allstars’ playing Pellikvalsen. These folks are from Värmland.


Bosse Larsson and Robert Larsson – nice duet.


Anders Rosén and  Jonas Åkerlund (not sure of identity – playing säckpipa) – Awesome playing with a baroque flavor.  Title of clip is ‘M2U00772’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBH71HGRFNw&feature=channel_page


Polska från Norra Finnskoga i Värmland spelad av Dan Palmqvist och Anders Wikstrand Very nice duet!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmnp1cYTMa0&feature=channel_page


Rejländer från Skillingmark Dan Palmqvist och Anders Wikstrand – Very nice schottis/reinlender!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYnGk8klsFc&feature=channel_page


Björn Stobi – some current and historical video footage. Other musicians also included (Lisa Rydberg, Påhl Olle, Kjell Erik Eriksson, Walter Ramsby, .  Very nice documentary.  


An interesting documentary on Hjort Anders Olsson including some video of him playing.   A very famous Swedish fiddler.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVPagwI-d9w&feature=channel_page


Polska efter Sven Donat played by Magnus Holmström on Nyckelharpa.   Very nice baroque sounding tune.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D93OD5IYDx4


Peter ‘Puma’ Hedlund plays Blekingepolska on the Nyckelharpa.  


Örebro Polskan av E Sahlström – Clarinet and nyckelharpa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpE3YAEM0pk&feature=channel


A group of eight playing Eklunda Polska & Glad Låten 1990.   Folklårängsemblen.  Good tunes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zml_iLn0M3U&feature=channel_page


In this video a famous fiddler, Ewert Åhs plays some nice tunes.  At time code 7:45 he plays Farmors Brudpolska – The video and audio are not matching up correctly, but it is still good.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C1_g9IAtok&feature=channel_page


Good duet of Jonny Soling and Ellika Frisell – looks like the early 1970’s.   They are both fine fiddlers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnCgl_sYsnk&feature=channel_page


Viksta Lasse himself from 1967.  Awesome!  


Another video of Viksta Lasse playing a Bingsjö polska.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUBq_zgTgdE&feature=channel_page

An old film of the Boda Spelmanslag and dancers.    It doesn’t get much better than this for Boda music. These folks are having a serious party!    Again the video and audio doesn’t quite match.   


Here are some Bingsjö polskas being played by Pål Ole and Nils Agenmark, famous musicians from the past.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW4gYX-UUuE&feature=channel_page


Gösse Anders Andersson plays the ‘Orsa’ style. Video and audio don’t match, but it is still good  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZhiY8T4PWo&feature=channel_page


Emilia Amper plays Slängpolska from Kalmar (Slängpolska efter Juringius i Kalmar) on the Nyckelharpa – very good version.  


Pers Hans plays a well known bridal march from Boda starting at time code 1:40 (the first tune they play sounded a bit muddy – the organ did not work as well on that one but there is a later tune that is quite beautiful with the organ).    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBvpPVNfZJ0&feature=channel_page


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeXWFMsH_cg&feature=channel_page – A hot Erik Öst classic played by Ludvika Trio.


Erik Sahlström – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNwSj7FW9I4&feature=channel_page He is a fabulous nyckelharpa player and is one reason that the tradition revived in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.


Kronbruden – a bridal polska played with fiddle, clarinet, and Swedish bagpipe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9f9FMVHwvY&feature=channel_page


Erik Öst playing the fiddle   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RCB-g2Dyl0&feature=channel_page This particular ‘Swedish” tune has a ‘western swing’ character that one would find in the States.   The film appears to be from the 1950’s.


Päkkos Gustav and Per Gustavsson playing a vals – probably the mid to late 1970’s – very nice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P35TEoywFMs


Pekkos Gustav and Ole Hjort http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HznJrKlLZCM&feature=channel_page This looks like 1970 or so.


Bingsjö fiddlers – More of the best!  Pekkos Gustav, Pål Olle, Nils Agenmark and another.  This is a very nice film, also showing some activities on the farm.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfN0pTE1at8&feature=channel_page


Skräddarkadrilj being played on a strange amplified fiddle in Visby, Gotland.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMvdtRaulG4&feature=channel_page


Pål Olle and Nils Agenmark –     The second tune on this video is Trettondagsmarchen and it sounds great.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNBuWKt7S2Q&feature=channel_page


http://youtube.com/watch?v=c8MP8dmNgms Old video of Jonny Soling playing with Pål Olle.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjoktjuMceI Another nice tune played by Pål Olle.


http://youtube.com/watch?v=wDuLFqDHYUw&feature=user This is Ellika Frisell, another great fiddler.


http://youtube.com/watch?v=Bsd3GIY6jWc&feature=related Erika Lindgren plays Eklundapolska #1 for a dance.


Pärongrisen, Polka –     http://youtube.com/watch?v=aYt7E-b3f9A&feature=related Eric Öst tune.


Joel Bremmer with the guy playing the all in one musical stickhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvYLab3D2KU


Ransäterstämman – A nice outdoor festival compilation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY01rljJjJY&feature=related


Frifot plays a Hjortingen Polska –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwM50lQ9So0&feature=related


Korrö festival 2008 – Sågskära plays an energetic tune.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv9Zdew0tiY


Erika and Cecilia playing G moll polska from Viksta Lasse on Nyckelharpa and fiddle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKYRg1kthGU&feature=user


Mats Berglund in Bingsjo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7qNELiUrSI&feature=related


The following are some tunes from Gotland – baroque sounding folkmusik from the island off the southeast coast of Sweden

a)    Groddavalsen played by Linnea Fredricson and Maria Wernberg in Visby  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t738J4N6Sh8&feature=user

b)     Groddmors polska http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2Ac7k2TnTk&feature=related

c)   Fardume-Lennarts polska played by Linnea Fredricson and Maria Wernberg – a fine tune    

d)  Groddpolskanhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxiBAJlQR3Y&feature=related

e)  Gotlands Bröllopsmarshhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfOCZ2Y-DNk&feature=user

f) Gotländsk Sommarnatthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO6PWL_QP8o&feature=user


Fomp Dancing – Sounds like tango music – good stuff and some dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBB31zKYAtg


Gammal Dalavals Carl och Eberhardt Jularbo från Klockarnäs – Carl is a very famous accordion player from Sweden.  Old B&W film, good quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_FYzec1lLw&feature=channel_page




Multemusic’s channel provides several interesting video’s featuring Norwegian groups – http://www.youtube.com/user/multemusic


The Hardanger Fiddle Association of America – this video summarizes the activities at our summer workshop.   Very nice music is played on the Hardanger Fiddle.   HFAA annual workshops


Concert featuring Lars Skjervheim Spelemannslag of St. Olaf College and Knut Hamre and Benedicte Maurseth, April 13, 2009, St Olav College – http://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/streams/bounce.cfm?eventid=213


Benedicte Maurseth – Norway’s 2007 Young Folk Musician of the Year.   A good brief documentary on the Hardanger fiddle music, her playing and singing.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W1MyeJ6Sr8&feature=channel


Torgeir Straand plays the Hardanger fiddle- a short clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnzU9bE0YnM


Kenneth De Gala plays Hardanger fiddle for a halling dance at the 2007 Landskappleik in Geilo.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsTMSyrXmQM


Fanitullen played by Haakon Solaas from Sogn.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di1F8GUvEtg


Springleik and a waltz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sXzPeGa34s A young girl, Henni,  does a very good job playing these tunes.


Heni plays more springleiks and then she plays a classical tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsMMnp9kl9E


Springleik and the dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn-KGuiy_FU&feature=related Here you can see the dance and listen to some nice music


The Vågå spelmannslag playing some very nice tunes.   Click on some other videos posted by ‘Ranvarg.’     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTfcJgNDNS8&feature=related


Langeleik – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Id7qsn_7M


Selgefløyte på 17 mai, del 3 – Halgrim Berg.  There is a long intro speech but the playing starts at time code 7:39  and it is very nice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNsOSRDAlPg




Leikarit – Maria on fiddle – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBCjSY77hWc


Tapio Rautavaara – Emma – A Finnish folk song and popular melody.   This was recorded in 1969.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-8ombTrT8A&feature=related


Maria Kaleniemi “Ellin Polkka” – Excellent tune played by the very best Finnish accordionist. Look for other videos that include Maria.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8–FQM8rwGM&feature=related


Leva’s Polkka – excellent singing by Loituma! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ygdAiDxKfI&feature=related


Säkkijärven Polkka from janiboy78 VERY GOOD accordion playing (the video doesn’t always load correctly)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wVH1kxqT9k&feature=related



Haugaard & Hoirup at Seattle Folklife –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X97rYMqi0E


Habadekuk in Concert – Kristian Bugge on fiddle (he was in my class at Malungs Folkhögskola) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDixV4vZp8c also    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxR6H2_dzRY




Sweet Georgia Brown med traktorkomp – Three guitars accompanied by a tractor – great rhythm section!  


Per Speleman Fjordland – Norwegian funny advertisement for Risgrøt and Rømmegrøt – Cow in the kitchen.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCBKjmEv2pk



More fabulous music and videos documenting some additional interesting topics

Solstice celebration – Giant Firewheel This is an ancient Jule / Yule tradition related to the belief that the sun represented a wheel revolving in the sky.   This particular video shows a solstice event in Latvia.    

Benzy Rathbone playing with his band in 1989 – Does it get much better than this?!    Excellent button box band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QY1oWvf_48&feature=channel_page


Allesandra Mignacca plays a three row diatonic accordion magnificantly


Tivids Hambo played by ABBA in 1986 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GSbkOwyZO0&feature=related


Moscow Nights – Russian folk group playing Säkkijärven Polkka. Excellent music.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAjc25dZOpY


Romanian tunes played on fiddle and accordion by Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Eddy Jay.    click here


Spectacular Meteor near Edmonton, Canada http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_2aX-784sw


Oil Drilling accident drains a lake – a spectacular man made disaster the Jefferson Island Salt mine on Lake Peigneur http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Of8cm0kS8

Tom Lehrer – Poisoning Pigeons in the Park – There are links to many more fine tunes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY&feature=related


Ragtime – Sunflower Slow Drag played by Meredith Axelrod, Dennis Pash Craig Ventresco and Bob Ault – good stuff and there is more to be found!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On3cWcZ169k&feature=channel_page The Peacherine is played here by Meredith and Dennis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9EBtU55peI&feature=related


The western African balafon and kora being played together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAmB5ENJ8Vs


Swedish fiddle meet African kora – Elllika Frisell plays with Solo Cissokho – interesting and very good combination  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TkHWGPwH6o&feature=related


Making lumber with a portable saw mill featuring Byron and a very large red oak tree.  1) Excellent time lapse video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrMMj2tEjvI&feature=channel 2)   The sawmill in action  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R0_c1WxNW8 3) A slide show of the entire process http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fyA6RuwVko&feature=channel



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