'Thyra' - A dream of making a record.
Thyra Karlsson (1912-2001) from Alanäs is one of the major figures
in traditional singing in Jämtland and Sweden. Her dream was
to make a record, so that the songs she sang could be passed on to
future generations. It didn't come true till many years later. Thyra's
daughter has put out a CD of recordings from the archives, and now
Triakel present their favourite songs in their album "Thyra".
It's a personal selection out of the hundreds of traditional songs
collected from her singing by the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and
Jazz Research in Stockholm. They include 'A Country Girl's Lament',
'The Stem of Serenity' and 'A Thousand Thoughts' - a miscellany of
songs of love, longing and sorrow - all performed in the unmistakeable
spirit that Triakel has created in the course of eighteen years of
work with the combined forces of harmonium, fiddle and song. Quiet,
Thyra's songs have been Triakel's constant companions
over the years, and her sorrowful version of AThousand Thoughts has
become a kind of signature tune for the band. Triakel's recording
has spread this song to the repertoire of a great many other artists,
including one of the greatest string quartets in the world, the Kronos
On their previous record Triakel devoted themselves to the
older tradition of Ulrika Lindholm. Thyra Karlsson's songs have a
more modern feel to them, and are often marked by the dark passion
and deep sadness that have become Triakel's trademark.
'Songs from the 63rd Latitude' - Take a break from the music
of your everyday life and let Triakel guide you through the songs
from latitude 63ºN! - The album "Songs from the 63rd Latitude"
is a collection of songs deeply rooted in the bands home province
of Jämtland, a selection of their own favourites, both old
And as if a album was not enough Triakel has also released a songbook!
The booklet contains words, melodies and chords from the new album.
'Vintervisor': Shortly after the release of Triakel's first
CD in May 1998 it was decided that the follow-up should be a Christmas
record - not of the usual Jingle Bells kind, but an alternative,
nonetheless rich with the unmistakable flavour of a Swedish Christmas.
The result was not just a Christmas record but a record of winter
songs. As well as a good many Christmas songs the record features
a newly-written New Year hymn, a carol associated with Twelfth Night,
a portentous Advent hymn and a number of other pieces describing
winter festivities in which the Christmas aspect is less dominant.
From traditional songs to Evert Taube, Dan Andersson and former
ABBA member Benny Andersson. The line-up of vocals, harmonium and
fiddle is ideal for this material, and those who have already heard
and appreciated the group's simple, low-key music will not be disappointed.
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