About

Renowned for her work in the Swedish folk scene, Lena Jonsson has spent over 15 years performing in the US, UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Her ability to balance a deep knowledge of traditional Swedish folk music with innovative artistic sensibilities has made her one of the most distinct artists and in-demand musical collaborators in the folk scene.

Discography

VåggVindFunambulesKlingande klenoderAllting RullarLena Jonsson & Brittany HaasSnowy Side of the MountainSur le cheminPLACESmorsning

Musical Background

1992 Began playing violin at the age of 6 in the Suzuki method, continued Suzuki until 18 years old.
1997–2006 Active in the progressive and creative youth folk music community in Hälsingland, Sweden. Recorded CDs, travelled internationally, performed with symphony and folk orchestras.
2005–2006 Studied folk music at the Falun Conservatory
2006–2010 Earned a bachelors degree in folk music from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
2008–present Duo Jonsson Coudroy — Swedish/Bretagne folk music collaboration. Tours internationally and has released three albums.
2010–present Libohofvet — Swedish fiddle all-female power trio. Touring internationally, recording and performing mostly original music.
2011–present Skenet — Progressive folk/rock band. Released two albums
2012–present Toured and performed with Swedish singer Sofia Karlsson, Abalone Dots, Anna Järvinen and progressive rockband Dungen. Played at Sweden’s and Denmark’s biggest rockfestivals with Dungen, and at the Swedish Folk and World Music Awards with Limbohofvet. Appeared several times on Swedish national radio and TV.

Awards and Scholarships

2008Riksspelman
2009Pekkos-Gustafs hederspris
2009Represented Sweden in the Nordic Championship in Traditional music
2010Nominated Newcomer of the Year at Folk and World Music awards
2010Bror Hjort Stipendiet
2010Bollnäs kommun’s culture scholarship
2011The Jernbergs scholarship
2013Landstinget Gävleborgs culture scholarship
2014Klingande Klenoder nominated Album of the Year at the Folk and worldmusic awards
2016Nominated Cross-over Project of the Year at Folk and World Music Awards for duo with Brittany Haas

Tour dates

2018

Jan 27 Malmö Malmö Folk
Feb 2 Bollnäs Folkets hus
March 28 Järna Gula villan
April 6 Norrköping Linköpings folkmusikfestival
April 20 Göteborg Allégården
May 23 Gävle Gävle konserthus
June 2 Göteborg Konstepidemien
June 9 Ransäter Ransäterstämman
July 1 Delsbo Delsbostämman
September 23 Stockholm Klubb Mariama, Pygméteatern
September 26 Copenhagen Montmartre
November 3 Stockholm Stallet
November 10 Oslo Folkelarm

2019

February 15 Umeå Ume Folk
March 18–24 Norrbotten (Exact dates and venues to be announced later)
April 1–7 Västernorrland (Exact dates and venues to be announced later)
April 8–14 Jämtland (Exact dates and venues to be announced later)
October 14–20 Germany (Exact dates and venues to be announced later)

Media

PLACES - Antilopen

PLACES - Bluesvals

PLACES - Gaspesie

PLACES - Happy Penguin

Press

Reviews of ”PLACES”

What a delight this CD is. [...] Lena and her co-musicians on this CD ... make up a closely knitted trio and the addition of at least 11 superb supporting musicians ... make this one of the best crafted ‘new traditions’ compilations I’ve heard for a long time.

— The Living Tradition, June/July 2018 [Read more]

Within ten seconds of playing the first track on this album, I found myself whisked away to another place. [...] I love the balance between virtuosity and musicality on this album. Jonsson can play, there is no doubt about that, but she never attempts to outshine the tune itself or the players around her.

— Folk Radio 16 April, 2018 [Read more]

Som fiolist är Lena Jonsson svårslagen. Hon svingar stråken som ett trollspö.

— Lira musikmagasin [Read more]

Lena Jonsson har en skön öppenhet i kompositionerna och en tilltalande lekfullhet i sitt sätt att spela. [...] Hon låter melodin tala till lyssnaren utan att försöka tränga sig på. Hon säger här är jag, så här spelar jag, lyssna om du vill. Och man vill. Och vill en gång till. Och en till...

— Dala-demokraten 2018-05-02 [Read more]

If you are already a fan of Lena Jonsson, you will be expecting an exciting mix of contemporary and traditional fiddle, American oldtime and Swedish dance music, folk rock and rockabilly funk: so this album won't hold many surprises. If you are new to Jonsson's music, welcome to a world of fine fiddling from both sides of the Atlantic.

— FolkWorld #65 [Read more]

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