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Garmarna playes old medival songs with modern influences as well as swedish traditional music (as in swedish "folkmusik"). They use a mixture of modern and old instruments, as in other modern swedish bands like Hedningarna and Hoven Droven.

The Beginning

The band started 1990 with Gotte Ringqvist, Stefan Brisland-Ferner and Rickard Westman saw a novell settings of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Struck by the music in the play (by Olov Johansson), they started a band and got the name just befor the first gig. Two years later they was invited to swedens largest festival, in Hultsfred.
To that gig they needed a drummer, and Jens Höglin joind the band. In that audience was Emma Härdelin listening to the band. Also Mats Hammerman, president of Mass Production. He got so impressed by the band, that he offered the band to record a CD. When they was in the studio, they felt they needed a femal vocal singer, so they aske Emma to help out. And later see was part of the band, without knowing it herself. The EP "Garmarna" made good press, and they started to touring in sweden.

About Recordings

There are releases from three different companies, Massproduktion in Sweden, NorthSide in USA and Westpark in Germany. That can make some confussion about different albums that seems to have same name and CD covers.

For example has Vittrad from Mass Production 13 tracks and Vittrad from NorthSide 14 tracks. Garmarna from Mass Production is an EP from 1993 and Garmarna from NorthSide a CD released from 2003. Other differences are name of tracks. CD:s from Mass Productoin don't have translations of there names, those from NorthSide have them translated.

So please be carfull when you change things here. And when you have checked carfully, think that someone might have done wrong in the past with this. Information here could actually be wrong on this.

Annotation last modified on 2007-04-28 16:38 UTC.



Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Routes Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 fRoots 7 Various Artists 1
1996 Bergtagen Various Artists 1
1996 Musica Sveciae: Folk Music in Sweden: Nordic Folk Instruments (Prillarhorn & Knaverharpa) Various Artists 1
1997 Music for Film & Television, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Nordic Roots Various Artists 1
1998 Rare Nordic Ethno Grooves, Collection One Various Artists 1
1999 Cryptichon Various Artists 1
1999 CMJ New Music Monthly, Volume 71: July 1999 Various Artists 1
1999 Balkans Without Borders Various Artists 1
1999 Nordic Roots 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Nordic Ethno Grooves, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1999 We're Only in It for the Money: 20 Years of Massproduktion Various Artists 1
2000 The Rough Guide to the Music of Scandinavia (First Edition) Various Artists 1
2001 ZilloScope 09/01 Various Artists 1
2001 Nordic Roots 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Stuck on AM 3 Various Artists 1
2003 Συλλογή Δίφωνο, 96: Ένας κόσμος ονειρεύεται Various Artists 1
2004 Nu Europe Various Artists 1
2006 Miroque: Romantisches Mittelalter Various Artists 1
2010 Best of Pagan Folk Various Artists 1
2012 Deeyah Presents: Nordic Woman Various Artists 1
Stars'n dreams Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Tanz- & FolkFest Rudolstadt '95 Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 The Absolute Sound 2012 Various Artists 1

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