Ragnhild Furebotten

Ragnhild Furebotten


A new approach to folk music of the High North: Fiddler-songwriter Ragnhild Furebotten team up with 6 outstanding horn players from the Norwegian jazz scene.


"Never on a Sunday" is fiddler Ragnhild Furebotten´s second solo album, following the critically acclaimed debut "Endelig Vals" (Finally Waltz). Her interpretations of traditional music from northern Norway, and her own compositions, combined with stellar horn arrangements by two of Norway´s most celebrated jazz composers, make this a truly new musical experience. The audience loves hearing it and the musicians love playing it.

The project started in June 2009, with an impromptu appearance at the Arts Festival of North-Norway. Inspired by each other, and by the audience`s response, the collaboration evolved creatively and in August 2010, Ragnhild and her six horn players premiered "Never on a Sunday" at Kalottspel folk music festival in Målselv, Norway. A tour of Troms County, that included a detour for her Oslo audience, followed in November of the same year.

"Never on a Sunday" also opened one of Norway´s most prestigious festivals, Barents Spektakkel, in January 2011. Together with dancers and other musicians, Ragnhild and her horn players performed a memorable concert, that was undisputedly one of the festival highlights.

In March 2011 the album was recorded in Rainbow Studios, Norway. Release is set for October 2011, but attached you´ll find a sneak preview of selected tracks from it.

Ragnhild`s different groups:
* "Never on a Sunday" with Helge Sunde, Geir Lysne, Lars Andreas Haug, Marius Haltli, Anders Eriksson and Frode Nymo
* Ragnhild Furebotten trio with Roger Tallroth and Lars Andreas Haug
* Ragnhild Furebotten trio with Frode Haltli and Gjermund Larsen
* Hekla Stålstrenga with Tore Bruvoll
* Ragnhild Furebotten and Knut Erik Sundquist
* Fotefar

Ragnhild Furebotten has been awarded with a number of prizes:
* Øyvind Bergs Memorial Award (2008)
* Arvid Hanssen-scolarship for young artists (2006)
* Young artist, The Arts festival of North Norway (2006)
* Intro-Folk (Majorstuen 2005)
* Norwegian Grammy (Majorstuen 2003)

Ragnhild Furebotten has a master degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music:
2004 – 2000 Master in executive musician, folk music, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway
2003 Student exchange at Danish Academy of Music, Odense, Denmark. Teacher: Harald Haugaard
2000 - 1998 College in Telemark, 2 years, folk music, Rauland, Norway
1998 - 1995 Kongsbakken high school, 3 years, music, Tromsø, Norway
1995 - 1994 Visiting student, Northen Norway Academy of Music, Tromsø, Norway


Fest / Fotefar and Håvard Lund (Kirkelig kulturverksted 2009), Nominated, Folkelarm Award

Hekla Stålstrenga / Furebotten and Bruvoll (Ta:lik 2008), Nominated, Norwegian Grammy

Endelig Vals / Furebotten. Haltli and Larsen (Ta:lik 2007), Nominated, Norwegian Grammy 2007

Juledrøm / Majorstuen (MFC 2006), Nominated, Norwegian Grammy

Jorun Jogga / Majorstuen (MFC 2004)

Majorstuen / Majorstuen (2L 2003), Winner, Norwegian Grammy 2003