Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR

At the forefront of the emerging ‘Nu-Nordic’ scene Fribo is a unique band of 4 musicians from the UK and Scandinavia, a new acoustic folk/roots hybrid where infectious rhythms stand next to haunting beauty, a moving, engaging, adventurous sound that’s entirely their own.


Fribo (Meaning “Open House”) is a unique collaboration between Norwegian singer Anne Sofie Linge Valdal, Scottish fiddler Hannah Read and English born Ewan MacPherson on guitar. Described by Celtic Connections Festival as“…one of the freshest and most inventive acts on the emerging 'Nu-Nordic' scene, exploring and creating links between British and Scandinavian traditions, with a deft peppering of wider contemporary influences.”

After first playing around an old Edinburgh kitchen table in 2003, Fribo have become experts in finding subtle ways of exchanging traditions whilst expressing them anew; with an exuberant feel for contemporary sounds and rhythms.

Today after honing their musical explorations through five years’ touring experience and a very well received debut album, Fribo is rapidly gaining recognition and acclaim and are releasing their second album called 'Happ' (Old Norn language meaning "in good health") on March 2011.

The dynamic blending of Voices, Willow Flute, Fiddle, Jews Harp and Guitar has become a “...zestful, vibrant, multi-national North Sea sound.” (Womad)

To further widen the band’s sound-scape Fribo now work with the extremely tall Swedish percussionist Magnus Lundmark.

To date Fribo have toured through Europe and North America, performing at large-scale events such as: WOMAD, Celtic Connections, APAP, Vancouver, FolkBaltica Festival, Telemark Festival, Calgary, Gosport & Blàs.

The band has been featured artist and can be heard regularly on many radio stations worldwide including: BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3, ABC Australia, Radio Nan Gaidheal and the World Sevice.


- The Ha' O' Habrahellia FECD201
(Fellside Recordings 2007)

- Best of Folk - The Royal Oak Compliation
(Magic Park Records MPM16972 2008)

- VOL 4 –
The Norwegian Traditional Music Agency. presents a variation of Norwegian music.

- Happ Fribo Records 00035
(Fribo Records 2011)