Grannar's first full-length CD, released in 2008. Some words from the press:
"What makes Grannar stand out from the crowd is the bass playing! It is not often that bass players make themselves a name i Swedish folk music. About time?
Martin Eriksson provides the foundation, with or without bow, on his acoustic bass (upright bass). Very much so in Pär Moberg`s Fyrtornet och Släpvagnen, where he gets the chance for some heavy brilliance. [...] You suspect that this guy could play anything.
I also have to mention Jon Sirén`s Brudvals till Pär och Annika. [...] The song gives you shivers. Incredibly beautiful"
Lars Lind, Lira, Sweden, 2008
"Listening to this collection, the traditional influence is obvious, but there are intriguing variations. "Lik 10 Andra," for example, is a very straightforward folk song, with the added attraction of some virtuoso work on the double base by Eriksson. "En Svunnen Tid," which follows immediately, begins with a solo by Eriksson -- yes, on the double bass -- and resolves itself into a very nice traditional ballad. If our ears had not already been alerted by "Grannar's Waltz," we would really think we were in for fifteen tracks of Swedish folk tunes. The waltz is a step outside that arena, I think -- smoothly sensuous, sounding as much Irish as Swedish, it defies any attempt to assign a locale. [...] What's more fun to talk about is the marvelous sounds these three pull out of their instruments. "Juliregn" is simply unclassifiable, the combination of violin and soprano saxophone creating colors that in my experience are pretty much unique, punctuated very nicely by a light touch on the bass, all in the service of a lilting tune that, if we were some distance west, would immediately be dubbed a reel. And then we catapult immediately into the very Highlands-sounding opening of "Avskedvals/Langans Tankar." Brace yourself -- the whole disc is like that, with tunes that might have started off as traditional but went their own way, given a startlingly fresh sound by three talented musicians."
Robert M Tilendis, Green Man Review, USA, 2009
"The Neighbours gives examples of some sensitive and delicious interaction in their music. Beautiful harmonies, an effective combination of traditionals and own compositions, and a seductive goove in all tempos. Favourite track; Leonard Ellis`s `Grannar`s Waltz".
Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, Sweden, 2008
"Airy and delicate communication between fiddle and soprano sax, and melodical and assured double bass playing"
Peter Ahlbom, Spelmannen, Sweden, 2008
"An interesting cd which points forward"
Åke Grandell, Fiolen Min, Finland, 2008