Well into the previous century Sweden was largely a peasant society with folk music an integral part of daily life. There were work songs, narrative ballads and, obviously, music for dancing. Over the centuries a not always easy coexistence between religion and folk culture developed, with hymns being adapted to a folk-music aesthetic while popular traditions were given a Christian veneer. An example of the latter is the rich store of 'Staffan ballads', springing from a pre-Christian horse cult but given a new slant as it's focus shifted to St. Stephen - the first Christian martyr. Gunnar Idenstam and S: t Jacobs Chamber Choir have performed their Folkjul concerts more or less every year since 2002. The concept stem from a rich interplay between 'folk culture' and 'high culture' and in Idenstam's arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies. The first Folkjul album was released in 2007 - this time the choir and Idenstam are joined by violinist Sandra Marteleur and Ulrika Bodén, one of Sweden's most well-established folk singers.
Well into the previous century Sweden was largely a peasant society with folk music an integral part of daily life. There were work songs, narrative ballads and, obviously, music for dancing. Over the centuries a not always easy coexistence between religion and folk culture developed, with hymns being adapted to a folk-music aesthetic while popular traditions were given a Christian veneer. An example of the latter is the rich store of 'Staffan ballads', springing from a pre-Christian horse cult but given a new slant as it's focus shifted to St. Stephen - the first Christian martyr. Gunnar Idenstam and S: t Jacobs Chamber Choir have performed their Folkjul concerts more or less every year since 2002. The concept stem from a rich interplay between 'folk culture' and 'high culture' and in Idenstam's arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies. The first Folkjul album was released in 2007 - this time the choir and Idenstam are joined by violinist Sandra Marteleur and Ulrika Bodén, one of Sweden's most well-established folk singers.
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Rel. Date: 11/02/2018
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Folkjul 2
Artist: Gunnar Idenstam
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Well into the previous century Sweden was largely a peasant society with folk music an integral part of daily life. There were work songs, narrative ballads and, obviously, music for dancing. Over the centuries a not always easy coexistence between religion and folk culture developed, with hymns being adapted to a folk-music aesthetic while popular traditions were given a Christian veneer. An example of the latter is the rich store of 'Staffan ballads', springing from a pre-Christian horse cult but given a new slant as it's focus shifted to St. Stephen - the first Christian martyr. Gunnar Idenstam and S: t Jacobs Chamber Choir have performed their Folkjul concerts more or less every year since 2002. The concept stem from a rich interplay between 'folk culture' and 'high culture' and in Idenstam's arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies. The first Folkjul album was released in 2007 - this time the choir and Idenstam are joined by violinist Sandra Marteleur and Ulrika Bodén, one of Sweden's most well-established folk singers.