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Den Fule @ Storebacke

Gothenburg, None, Sweden

Gothenburg, None, Sweden

Den Fule @ Ransäterstämman

Ransäter, None, Sweden

Ransäter, None, Sweden

Den Fule @ Konstepidemin

Gothenburg, None, Sweden

Gothenburg, None, Sweden

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Sweden folk-rock veterans back to full strength.
Sometimes it can become quite nervous when you throw a CD in the player. Especially if one of the youth idols after 15 years suddenly releases a whole new plate. Expectations are screwed up on an unhealthy level and you hold your breath while the first tones flowing from the speakers.
Since that horrid early nineties materialized as the new gods of folk music was more of the members are already well known and respected musicians on the Swedish folk music scene. Sten Källman had with Ale Möller in Filarfolket been pioneers in Swedish folk-rock, and Jonas Simonson had for years cultivated the sophisticated folk sound with Groupa.
The albums "Lugumleik" (1993) and "Skalv" (1994) with their hard hitting and experimental folk-rock, a great inspiration to the fledgling Danish folk music scene, can undoubtedly reap a share of the credit for orchestras as Uproar and Fenya Menja.
Just 4 minutes and 39 seconds into the second number "Norskorna" comes the final redemption in the form of an intense folk-rock smash that finally after 15 years attest to that horrid is back to full strength.
It's the original crew; Sten Källman (saxophones), Jonas Simonson (flute and bass clarinet), Stefan Bergman (bass), Christian Jormin (drums) and Henrik Cederblom (guitar). "Halling i köket" consists of newly written songs with a distinct connection with Swedish folk music tradition. This wrapped in subtle events that never gets too clever and over-smart, but borrows from world music and diversity of rock raw and pure form. The latter may be attributed largely to Henry Cederbloms' guitar, which occasionally sends friendly thoughts especially Jimmy Page.
It would be a lie to say that there has been insanely great with the sly over the past 15 years. And it is a big plus. The sly put in his time out with an expression that was so complex and varied that there must be many plates before they will be a repetition of itself. "Lugumleik" and "Skalv" is still far more modern than some of the most modern right now. "Halling i köket" is a striking proof that the men who rounded the 50 are still able to contribute with innovative music and a reminder that there is no reason to be nervous when I add a new CD with that horrid . They are infallible ...
- Roots zone, Søren Jensen Lund 10 March 2010

Halling in the kitchen

Fifteen years' record break. But Den Fule are always there in the underground and now he gets on again. Gothenburg group, where people blow veterans Jonas Simonson and Stone Källman included, re-invests entirely instrumental.

The multi-colored plate has a core of durable melodies and swing consistency management. Then you can come here and there, without releasing the string to the Nordic folk music - in the middle of a courtship between Filarfolket and Led Zeppelin, the blues swamp, on the outskirts of a North African desert, in a Haitian-sounding track, or in traditional Norwegian spring games full of rhythmic features and strains. Guitars and flutes spinning with baritone sax and mandolin, bass and drums jump in with the pulsating dance over stock and stone.
- Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan March 10, 2010

During the nineties was Den Fule (The Ugly) one of several major Swedish folk hybrid name. After fifteen years of silence the band is now back with new album Halling in the kitchen. Lira had a chat with the ugly guys.
And we did a plate called “Skalv” (aftershocks), sighs Sten Källman.
It is a winter morning in Gothenburg and outside the window behind Källmans traveling back Rosenlund heat their mighty chimney and steam into the sky. Saxophonist Sten Källman is accompanied by flautist Jonas Simonson on Liras editors to talk about the new album with the band Den Fule, but Källmans thoughts winds and associate themselves repeatedly against the Haiti that since a few days dominate the international news flow after an earthquake disaster as proposed relentless hard against the already impoverished country.
Suddenly, thus the title of The Fules second album, released in 1995, a strange sound.
But Haiti might as well get a new access when we are approaching Den Fules music. The band has competed in the nineties and shared attention with Hedningarna, Garmarna and Hoven Droven can in a sense separated from their folk rock colleagues by identifying the Haitian tone among polkas and Hall disturbances. Or perhaps more accurately: the Haitian rhythm.
For the pagans often combined drone with a heavy techno beat and shot Hoven Droven always done a bit of boogie rock still in Polska hands, there is something more danceable, Haitian, possibly voudou-attractive African-rocking with Den Fule.

And if African-made influences that the band broke off against others medieval influences in the nineties as the band gives a special status also 20 years later. Folk experiments over the past few decades has often focused on a more stripped-down chamber music direction by more low-key percussion and stringed mandola and cittern. Den Fule steamed in contrast with Henry Cederblom raw electric guitar and an extremely DEFT and catchy drum-playing Christian Jormin signed.
But we might as well look for a sort of starting point.
- I remember what it was that triggered it for me, "says Sten Källman. It must have been -87 when Bjorn Tollin (who in a few years would make a success as a percussionist in the Heathen. Liras note.) Showed me a damn cool drum accompaniment to Polskan krona coins. And so had fiddler Ola Bäckström made a cruel basriff to it.
Sten Källman was then a member of the band Filarfolket a number of years, but this was something else, and sowed the seeds.
- Then it was Magnus Bäckström, festival director of public music festival in Falun, who wondered if I could pull something together for the festival -90. That's when we formed.

A drum accompaniment to a lumpy Polska from western Dalarna can have unexpected consequences. Sten Källman had already age of 18, traveled to Haiti by a religious exchanges and returned to learn more about the music. But his family had already been a few years earlier fallen in love with Norwegian Gudbrandsdalen, after a stay at a retreat house in the area. A cottage was purchased and that road has Källman over the years also came to embrace a variety of Norwegian folk music, often of the big fiddler Hans W Brimi from Garmo.
That way you can say that much of Den Fule´s special music hybrid almost fit in Sten Source's own musical life journey.
But it is of course only one side of a band that really is something of a
supergroup. Over ninety years were Ellika Frisell on violin. She had played with in Källman Filarfolket but then moved, inter alia, to international success in the 2000s with kora player Solo Cissokho from Mali. She was replaced by fiddler Ola Bäckström, later known even in groups Swap and Boot. Guitarist Henry Cederblom has played with numerous artists in recent years, Freddie Wadling and Sofia Karlsson, but produced and recorded with a lot more. He has also played with Sten Källmans further refined Haiti-band Simbi, as does Den Fules bassist Stephen Bergman. Christian Jormin present in many advanced improvisational music contexts, both as a percussionist and a pianist.
All are doing their. An unmistakable part of the sound is, of course, Jonas Simon's flute playing. Once formed, Den Fule, he had already played in the Group of seven years. And in groups Group and Filarfolket capable of finding any of the ideology of the seeker and experiments in folk music that came to characterize Den Fule.
- Mats and Leif (Edén and Stinnerbom) that I played with in Groupa had been a progressive approach, especially when they both studied musicology for Jan Ling here in Gothenburg," says Jonas Simonson. This applied both to explore the past, but to bring out their own all the time.

It was a flying start for Den Fule, then in the early nineties. First plate Lugumleik got a Grammy in 1993, it was committed to Lundell on tour and folk hybrids went into something of a golden age in which we felt represented something innovative and cool. The band was on the label that was Xource MNW company's flagship product to accommodate all this exciting music.
- I remember a festival, it was perhaps in Växjo, "says Sten Källman. It was the Flesh Quartet, Hedningarna and we. It felt damn right context.
With hindsight it can be difficult to see what was so innovative, but Simonson and Källman explains how it actually was something new to play with musicians on drums and bass that could really be the music. Perceived folk melody of the distinct nuances and qualities and took them further into their own game. This is in contrast to earlier folk rock has rarely managed to blend folk and rock to a close a whole, but often landed in folk music with a beat, rather than sticking integrated, if one is a bit nasty.
The band continued success and was soon doing the sequel, aftershocks, which was supposed to be another viable public, since we now have in singer Henrik Wallgren.
- We had massive ambitions and I think the song beard qualified in the radio Maybe in the Swedish charts, "says Jonas Simonson. I remember it as Den Fule which was finished first priority in a massive drive to all the members stood behind.

- One difference is that for example, Henry Cederblom have had time to play and develop a mass on polska playing and other folkmusic on the violin, "says Källman. The same goes for bassist Stefan Bergman, who wrote the song “Glimten” to the new album.
A song that starts with a nice electric guitar, like something you might hear from the desert blues band Tinariwen from Mali, but soon turns out to accommodate a polska tref with emphasis. An elegant new creation in the folk world.
Music service Spotify has suddenly made it possible to listen to the Fules two discs from the 90s and now in February released the band's third album in connection with one of klubbgig Neferititi in Gothenburg.
After waiting for festival gigs including Urkult in the summer but Simonson believes that the Nordic countries as a base also should be able to get abroad a lot. Groupa has constantly come back to the German scene and a band Hedningarna was soon played more abroad than at home for years. Den Fule is in the pipeline.
- Lira - musikmagasin March 2010


Lugumleik - 1993, Xource. Winner of a Swedish Grammy for Best Folk Album of the Year
Skalv - 1995, Xource
Quake - 1996, released by the label NorthSide in the US.
Halling i köket - 2010, Footprint Records



Swedish ensemble Den Fule ("The Ugly One") have since long made themselves a name as one of the most exciting folk music groups
of Scandinavia. Den Fule is like no other band weaving together the traditional nordic folk music with influences from rock, jazz and world music ' creating a unique brewage of irresistible power and joyful playing. During the 90's the group toured extensively throughout Sweden and Europe achieving great success. In -97 the band split up, the members continuing to work with other musical projects. After a decade of silence - the band, which was one of the scene's most popular and active outfits in the 90's reformed in 2007. Den Fule of today is sparkling like never before
presenting a possibly even broader span between raw funkiness and a more lyrical style. Den Fule received a Swedish Grammy for their first album in -93 Consisting of only original members they have now recorded a new CD, released in February 2010.