Dram - Ask-Upmark / Rynefors | Dram

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Dram

by Dram - Ask-Upmark / Rynefors

Traditional swedish music - modern style
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Kringellek
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2. Trilltrall
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3. Fransosen
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4. A-Mollarn
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5. Skebergsglåten
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6. Sporren
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7. Brudmarsch
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8. Polonäsfrossa
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9. Springlek
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10. Eddi o addi
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11. Valltrall
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12. Stabblåten
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13. Efter Dansen
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14. Seglora
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It has been said that Nordic music is the new Celtic music and a prime example of this is the young, exciting roots music duo known as "Dram". Since the beginning, Dram has gained international reputation as guardians and renewers of the rich treasure trove of Swedish traditional music. The musicians Erik Ask-Upmark and Anna Rynefors are both "riksspelman" ("Official Master Musicians of the Realm", the finest honor bestowed upon a performer of traditional music in Sweden). Dram conjures forth sounds drawing upon both medieval and contemporary roots, aiming to innovate as well as pass along an ancient tradition.

Dram's choice of instruments also underlines the Celtic similarities: Some are well-known like the harp and the bagpipe, while others - the keyed fiddle, "Nyckelharpa" - are exclusively Nordic. The bagpipe is a traditional Swedish version with a haunting tone, quite different from its more famous Scottish namesake. Dram takes its name from a Swedish dialect word for "drone", a typical feature of all bagpipes.

All these instruments and more are featured on this critically acclaimed CD, a few reviews of which follow here:

"Dram has re-awakened ancient drone music with bagpipes and harp, to a very exciting result. A symbiosis of all that was and is which I can't help but simply love!" - Groove.se

"It is with joy that I hear the clarity with which the two musicians takes on the task to display the full width of the bagpipe and the harp in a folk music perspective. They are doing something very important for Nordic folk music. They show a forgotten tradition and let it once more play a creative part in traditional music." - Dagensskiva.com

"A record with unbelievably dense atmosphere, created with so few instruments. Highly recommended!" - Der Hörspiegel

"Finally - a Swedish folk music CD with great traditional worth, yet very contemporary and most enthralling to the listener. It is obvious from their energetic and emotional performance that Erik Ask-Upmark and Anna Rynefors are thoroughbred musicians, in complete control of their instruments." - Online Music Magazine

Erik Ask-Upmark and Anna Rynefors both studied music in Gothenburg before embarking on professional careers as musicians. Some of their other projects include the folk quartet "Svanevit" with the CD "Gryning", medieval ensemble "Falsobordone" with the CD "Figs, fiddles and fine play: a musical taste of the 14th century" and guest appearances with the international minstrel's group Wolgemut (latest CD: "Memento"). All of these CD's are available at CDBaby.com!

Dram tours extensively both in Sweden and abroad. Their next major tour takes place on the US West Coast in November/December and some of the cities they will perform in are San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose, Eugene, Portland and Seattle. For a complete and updated tour schedule please visit "www.draam.com"!


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Mary S

The music is pretty, moving and soulful.
I wanted to try the music, not really knowing anything about Swedish folk music. I enjoy listening to the music in the mornings as background music while we're getting some things done at home.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


A beautiful showcase of the traditional, Swedish nyckelharpa backed by the Celtic folk harp and Swedish and medieval bagpipes, Dram's self-titled album transports their listeners instantaneously to a life much simpler and earth-based, rich with tradition and culture. Interestingly, the word "dram" is an old dialect word for "drone," which makes up much of this musical language, giving it an ancient, yet timeless feel. This album sits so poignantly and memorably with its listeners largely due to the distinct and plaintive, haunting quality of both the nyckelharpa and the bagpipes, lending a yearning, desiring quality to the music, one that speaks of the universal, human condition, regardless of time period. However, all analysis aside, this is simply a heartfelt, moving album.

Alex Taylor

Dark, Moving, and Beautiful
In the short time since I purchased Dråm's self-titled album, it has become one of my very favourite instrumental folk records. Dråm's music has a haunting, mellow, and quiet power that belies the seeming simplicity of their arrangements. I'm fascinated that music as vastly different as that of, say, Väsen and Dråm (both of which I love) can have its origin in the same ethnic tradition. I feel that Dråm has done something truly remarkable, here – I don't know when I've heard music that carried with it such a distinct, genuine, and even ennobling air of antiquity, played with real earnestness and a deep passion for both tradition and the craft of music. There is a gentle, rustic, and sometimes mournful beauty and sweetness at work in this music that enchants me utterly, and I for one can't wait to see what this extraordinarily gifted duo does next!