In 1999, a new guy moved into the apartment below Pär Moberg`s at Sofiagatan. It turned out to be one of his classmates from the academy of music, Jon Sirén. Jon soon realised that it was a better idea to play with Pär than to listen to the stomping of his feet through the ceiling, and they soon found themselves to work together well musically. The name of the group was obvious: Grannar (Neighbours).
After a while, the duo decided to develop itself into a trio, preferably with a double bass. They immediately kidnapped Martin Eriksson, who besides being a great musician with an interest in folk music had one important quality: he had also lived at Sofiagatan!
Grannar plays folk music in Southern Sweden style, cause that is where we we have our roots, but besides traditional tunes, much of the material is our own compositions. We love playing for dancing, and the larger part of our music is dance music, but we also do concerts, and we have good experience of playing at all kinds of occasions. The group can play acoustic for up to about 60 people. We are also all three experienced dancers, and can if necessary teach Swedish folk dances as well.
“It was a pleasure to have you visit us in Vancouver, B.C. We musicians thoroughly enjoyed your music workshop—great tunes, good teaching. The concert and the evening of dancing were great, we all enjoyed your energy and musicianship. Someone commented last night that they had never heard so much music come from just three players!”
Janet Gabites, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Vancouver