When one’s interested in Norway or just simply living in this country, one may wonder: where’re any Norwegian bands? When you play the NRK radio, you can hear some Norwegian music, but they’re usually the popular songs or the international productions, that are popular at the moment. If you want clear Norwegian vocals with nice instrumental work, or you simply want a band to perfect your language understanding, you need to dig deeper.
Hekla Stålstrenga is a Norwegian band that plays traditional folk, Norwegian music music from North regions. It consists of five people: Ragnhild Furebotten (violin), Tore Bruvoll (guitar), Anne Nymo Trulsen (vocal), Trond-Viggo Solås (bass), Ole-Jakob Larsen (drums).
The band is a result of teamwork between Ragnhild and Tore, which, at first, arised into a debut album Hekla Stålstrenga in 2008. The album was nominated to the Spellemannsprisen in the same year. Spellemannsprisen is the Norwegian award for musicians. Hekla Stålstrenga was also nominated to the prize in 2011, 2013 and in 2016 in traditional folk music / traditional music.
The band released six albums by now: (with links to their spotify playlist)
1. Hekla Stålstrenga (2008)
2. Makramé (2011)
3. Dyrandé (2013)
4. Hjertebank (2014)
5. Ventetid (2016)
6. Velkommen Inn (2017)
Hope you guys enjoyed this little post about the Norwegian band. I’m not sure how often I will update this series, since I’m starting lectures in next week, but I will try my best.
Have a nice weekend!