Photo: May-Linn Mersland Haugen
Raabygg takes you by the hand and leads you onto the varied paths of folk music from the inner villages in southern Norway. It’s rough, fragile, danceable, humorous and beautiful. The trio play several instruments and offer exciting musical arrangements.
The members of Raabygg have had the opportunity to meet many of the older heroes from south Norway, also known as the old Raabyggelaget. They learnt tunes in their living rooms and listened to tales at tables with crocheted table cloths.
After five years together, Raabygg has gained a good reputation as a live band. They have played at a number of festivals, had concerts, and also play for dancing whenever the opportunity arises.
In 2016, they won the open class at Landskappleiken (National Folk Music Competition) in Vågå, and participated in the mesterkonsert at the Norwegian opera and ballet in the autumn of 2016. In October 2016, they released their debut album Ein etter far, produced by Annbjørg Lien and released by Etnisk musikklubb. Raabygg was picked out as the only folk music band to play at the showcase Sørveiv in Kristiansand, an event where pop and rock are heavily represented. In 2017, they played at festivals such as Folkemusikkveka at Ål, Telemark Festival, Setesdal Festival, Jørn Hilme-stemnet and Rekordfestivalen. They also played showcase concert at Folkelarm in Norway last year. This fall they will be recording a christmas album with Kristiansand Frikirkes chamber choir and they’re also planning their second studio album to appear in 2019.
Johanne Flottorp – Hardanger fiddle, vocals and percussion
Tuva Færden – Hardanger fiddle, vocals and lyre
Sigrid Kjetilsdotter Jore – vocals, zither and Jew’s harp