Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Folque- Folque (1974 Norwegian Folk-Rock, Debut)

This Norwegian folk outfit started out in the early 70s mixing acoustic instruments (fiddle, mandolin, banjo and piano) with the electric guitar, bass and keyboards. They created an earthy music made up of playful, catchy melodies with male/female vocal interplay. Despite important personnel changes over the years (their first-rate lead female singer was replaced, among others), they have managed to remain true to their sound and have churned out over ten fine albums between 1974 and 1998. In 2004, they reunited to play a gig at the Norsk Folkemuseum and don’t seem to show any signs of slowing down.Their highest rated album is their third, entitled “Vardøger”, closely followed by their first two, “Folque” and “Kjempene På Dovrefjell” released in the mid-70s, and by “Fredløs” and “Sort Messe” released in the early 80s. Their material is pure, often foot-stomping folk with Norwegian vocals. Despite the mostly minor keys, it is fresh and exhilirating and dons some wonderful arrangements.Highly recommended to fans of MALICORNE, The POGUES, KEBNEKAISE and GRYPHON as well as those heavily into Nordic and Irish folk. A good introduction is the recent live sampler “Stormkast”,
From progarchives.com.

A good album, but sometimes too traditional for me. I was amazed with the 5th song, incredible vocals by female singer. Check it out.



Anonymous mayfly said...

A wonderful record.
I never found the following Folque
Best wishes of good work!!

3:12 AM  

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