"Kerstin Blodig / Valivann"
 
no.
titel
composer(s)
time
1

Vallevan

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

4:13

 

The ballad about the sailor Vallevan is known throughout Scandinavia. This is the Swedish version from Närke. In 1981 the Swedish band "Groupa" released an incredible recording of this medeival ballad which has always been a favourite of mine. - The project`s name is derived from the Norwegian character Valivan.

2

Fause Fause Hae Ye Been

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

4:14

 

A well-known melancholy love song from Scotland.

3

Horpa

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

4:44

 

This eerie ballad is known in a whole kaleidoscope of different versions all over Scandinavia, the Celtic countries and England. Here is a selection of verses from one of the Norwegian versions of this bloody ballad which I learned from the singing of Kirsten Bråten Berg.

4

Mystical Man

Kerstin Blodig

5:00

 

A song about a handsome water troll, nøkk or kelpie. These water spirits can be found in both Scandinavian and Scottish lakes or rivers and just love to lure people to their doom. Usually, they appear at the lakeside in shape of a beautiful horse or a human being, sometimes with wet hair entangled in waterweeds.

5

The Seal Man

Words trad. arr. K. Blodig./ music: Kerstin Blodig

4:45

 

This haunting story can be found in Scotland as well as in Norway. Sule Skerry is a large rock in the sea west of Orkney. Since the story is set on the west coast of Norway it seemed fitting to write a Scandinavian-sounding tune to the Scottish lyrics.

6

Sven Svane

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

5:40

 

A Norwegian folk song of which many different versions are known. This melody comes from Hallingdal. I heard this one first on an amazing recording by "Tiriltunga".

7

The Cruel Sister

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

5:50

 

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

8

Kjetta

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

4:18

 

A children's song which I learned from "Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag". In the middle of this song you can even hear the pussycat weaving the "Mason's Apron", a well-known Irish session tune.

9

Lullaby

trad.; arr. Kerstin Blodig & Mick Franke

4:05