Where England and Scandinavia meet

The Album No Sadness of Farewell

In the autumn of 2016 Doggerland went into the studio with a handful of guest musicians to record an album of traditional and contemporary material. It features a poem by Tennyson and another by a Norwegian sailor. There are reels from Norway, Sweden and Shetland. Songs by well-known songwriters like Ewan MacColl and Richard Thompson stand alongside Doggerland’s own material.

The guest musicians

Kevin Henderson is an exciting and gifted fiddler, known from bands like The Boys of the Lough, Fiddlers’ Bid, Nordic Fiddlers’ Bloc and A9. Originally from Lerwick in the Shetlands, he now lives in Norway.

The legendary fiddler Mats Edén is deeply rooted in the folk music tradition of his native Värmland in Sweden. He was a central figure in the Swedish folk revival of the 1970s, both as a solo fiddler, in the band Groupa and in his collaborations with artists like Lena Willemark and Ale Möller. 

Jenny Gustafsson is from Gingri in Västgötland and has the title National Folk Musician in the tunes of her region.  She is a versatile musician who is both the driving force behind the Ornunga Folk Festival and half of the pop duo Jenny & Renate. In 2015 she released the album “Månsing” with fiddle legend Hans Kennemark. Jenny performs with Doggerland on most of their live gigs.

Musician, sound engineer and record company director Fredrik Bengtsson has not only been the ears in the control room but has also played double bass, mandoline and mandola on several tracks. Fredrik is to be found on many folk albums, not least with Swedish-Irish band Eitre.

No Sadness of Farewell is released on the Swedish label Gammalthea, with support from the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs.

The album can be ordered here.

The album “Doggerland”

In 2007 Richard Burgess and Anders Ådin released an album together with Patrik Wingård on the Swedish label Sjelvar, with support from the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs. The album was entitled “Doggerland”, which was quickly adopted as a band name. 

The album, which in addition to the music featured a striking sleeve concept designed by graphic artist Clement McKay, received critical acclaim in the international music press:

An absolutely lovely album… Burgess is as good a singer as I’ve heard in quite a while... Beautiful arrangements..played with skill, quality and vibrancy...It’s a bit of a belter! (Living Tradition UK)

They play with conviction, accomplishment and ingenuity …  it’s a very persuasive collection. (Folk Roots, UK)

Lidt som når man får en ret, hvor man uden besvær kan identificere nogle af ingredienserne, men hvor den samlede smag alligevel bliver tiltalende ‘anderledes. (Folk&Musik, Danmark)

Burgess, Ådin and Wingård are forceful presences, contributing some fine tunes as well as lovely playing (Dirty Linen, Canada)

…A superb original song in ”The Luxborough Galley” (Sing Out, USA)

Un véritable coup de coeur pour cette magnifique musique anglo-continentale.!… Le répertoire est enchanteur, tantôt drôle, tantôt tragique, entraînant et touchant... (Trad.Mag,  Frankrike)

The album can be bought at iTunes or ordered here.