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Fanø Vesterland: Sweet Festival!

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This weekend I went to the Fanø Vesterland festival. Like I have done a couple of times before. Always a nice time to be had there.

It´s down at the harbour. Two whole days of good music. Tons of happy people milling about. On the very creatively built festival site; with a huge dream catcher hanging from a crane, and. A champagne bar, lots of good local pop up restaurants selling anything from lamb, to oysters, to fish and chips as well as barbecue and fries…

Here´s a picture of the champagne bar. Placed in a corner, a bit secluded. Nicely quiet spot in the festival hustle and bustle.

Beneath you see Fanø´s OysterKing doing his work. He´s created a recipe book, one can go with him for oyster safaris on the island. His name is Jesper Voss. On www.visitfanoe.dk one can find out what time he takes people out for oyster trips. (some times there is too much pollution to eat the local oysters raw, sorry to say. You find all the info with Jesper, though. He makes sure to keep it safe).

I ordered 3 different oysters from him, and a glass of champagne. What a treat. Pure deliciousness. 🙂

There was even a view to the big stage, from my table. I could have stayed much longer in that quiet corner with a view, if I only had the dough for a bottle of champagne and more oysters. Haha!

View to the other side from my table:

Here´s a couple more photos from the site:

(We did have sunshine early in the days, both Friday and Saturday)

Atmosphere was very friendly. Relaxed and easy.

Well. Instead of still photos of the musicians, let me share with you the video compilation I´ve made today, out of the bits and pieces I filmed during the weekend. Hope u dig.

I was lucky to get a free bracelet for this year´s festival. As my husband´s son plays the keyboard in Wangel, the band that played the opening act this year. (Kasper played a couple of years ago as well, with one of his other bands, The Grenadines. I remember I filmed them, in the rain. It´s on my youtube channel somewhere, as well as a couple of videos from gigs  in 2016.)

I look upon my festival videos as some kind of a “no frills, bootleg recording” kind of style. Handheld, phone made, spontaneously documenting more than elegantly presenting, the acts. I tend to shoot stills or record when I´m touched, or enthused. When I feel the joy of music making, going on between the musicians (and the audience)… then I want to join, to play along. Catch the energy.

The atmosphere. The… Love. I guess. Basically. Movin´with the groovin`. Sharin´ in the Good Vibes, yo. Aligning. Participating. Being in the Sound scaping. Yeah. One Love, One Frequency. Peace. (Yes, call me a hippy. Why would I mind. They stopped the Vietnam war, for crying out loud. Time we stopped accepting the American effort to weaken the peace movement by calling the participants hippies. Hips are cool. Or hot. Whatever your preferred lingo is). 🙂

Music is all about e-motions. Energy in motion. Art is all about emotions too. So is religion, and politics. So. Let´s just be whole hearted people. If the only word for this kind of (human-) being, is hippy… Then call me that. I´m all for peace and love. Who isn´t?

(Yeah, and what are they called? The war mongers. Why don´t THEY have belittling namecalling attached to them? A fair question, I reckon. Aaaanyways. Moving swiftly on).

My goodness, I have really improved my steady-hand-cam since then, man! (And very annoying with the people talking in the background, right in front of a quiet, intense stage act… I remember I had very good footage of one of her songs, yet had to throw it out due to talkative festival guests standing behind me. Sorry, but I find it rude to be talking loudly at a concert. Or in the cinema or the theatre. Why not respect those who have bought tickets, and go chat somewhere away from the stage?!)

Oh, here´s the Grenadines-shot: (It was in 2015)!

Windy. Is that why the sound´s shaky? Possibly.

Anyways. I can see from these old recordings, like I said, that I have gotten better at shooting and editing. Which is due to the festival that each year allows me in for free, to blog. Just because I asked if they´d let me. It´s an incredibly cool festival, in Sønderho, happening each July, this year will be the 9.time. The Fanø Free Folk Festival. International, experimental folk (and electronica, in my own understanding of genre labeling). Some acts are world music inspired, many bring loop equipment, home made wooden instruments, building up trance beats…

But that´s a different story. I look forward to Freefolking it again, a weekend in July. And I also look very much forward to Fanø Vesterland again in a year. If I´m home, and if the energy in motion (e-motion) grabs me and grips me, I´m sure I will be shooting video from Fanø Vesterland again.

As it is so In Joy – able. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Family concert Odense 12/5-18: SO good :)

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Hello friends

Such a fantastic morning here now. Warm breeze crossing the island, eastern wind, hence not from the ocean, so we can expect high summer temperature today, so my husband informs me. There´s a scent of sea in the air. And sounds from so many birds! I´m sitting on a sunbed in my garden, grass has not been cut yet this year, been so cold until very recently. Good for the insects. And for my bare feet, this soft green garden carpet… And the sound of the wind caressing the grass and the leaves on the trees…

So much to be grateful for: It in turn makes me so grateful. Hahaha…

Jason Stephenson. I listen to him quite often. Mostly his sleep hypnosis. Hereby recommended. 🙂

But right now, that gratitude meditation is a bit too introvert and slow for me. Coz I was at a concert yesterday. Which has left me all high and happy. A family concert with Rasmus Seebach, Danish popstar. We gave the tickets to our 8 yearold daughter as a birthday present. Which all five of us then shared. We have listened to his latest album for a month, waiting for the gig date. His album that he´s written for his newborn son. About how him and his mom became a couple. About grand dad, who is a famous popstar too, that passed away a couple of years ago. About when his woman wanted to leave him and how grateful he is that she stayed… This guy dares to talk about feelings, emotions. And I think this is what makes people love him so much. This, and his great melodies, often in a reggae or latino rhythm. Yes, man. He´s cracked the formula. Consider me a fan. (Which to me is a word of compliment. Of respect and appreciation. Not some hierarchical concept where I put other´s worth above my own worth. I don´t do inequality).

Here, have a listen to one of my favourite tunes from that album:

I just LOVE the way he talks about my own younger years in house parties and in queues in front of clubs, and he times it to the 90s by saying “when Ace of Base was fire, fire…” 🙂
His lyrics are loving, philosophical, funny, self ironic, and his way with making rhythm with words is rather ace. Of base.
🙂

He sings in Danish. I reckon if he did stuff in English (or does he? I don´t know his work that well, my daughter is the one who´s turned me on to him…) Well, I reckon English speakers too need the messages he puts out there. Not many, especially not men, go into emotions at the depth and understanding that he does.

There was a children’s pit in front of the stage yesterday. Only people below 150cm where allowed in there. They all sang along to all the songs!! Very moving to see. Don´t know how many thousands were gathered yesterday, but the park was teeming. Selling candyfloss and slushice, and very expensive hoodies in pink and pastel blue, that hundreds were wearing, he must have made a fortune. (Beer counters stood empty, I´d rather be the candyfloss salesman yesterday, than the alcohol salesman)! 🙂

Think I´ll leave u here.
Got more to tell u but will make another post for that.
Have a brill Sunny Sunday out there today. Enjoy the birds and the flowers. If none of that is where u are, then go within.
There is always light in your inner silence, your Higher Self.
One Love.

(Photo is from when us in Kulturelt Samråd, local ngo, gave a welcome party to our newly arrived citizens from Syria. 16.of April 2016. A very fine day. This is Malik, he now lives in Nykøbing Falster and is a great dancer).

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A-musing along

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Right. So. What´s this gonna be about? I feel this urge to write and here I am, digital notepad on my lap, asking it why I´m here…

Hahaha…

Let me just start out with one of my favourite songs, then:

 

I´d love to hear him in concert some time…

Here´s a poet I´ll lend an ear to anytime… :

Here´s one of his pieces, now we´re at it:

Haha, hadn´t heard that one before. Magical. He´s a productive man. Love it.

I saw this film of Krisna Das the other day…. him telling his own story. I always loved autobiographies. Let me see if there is a piece by him to be found on youtube.

Sources of inspiration…. In spiré… Breathing in Spirit…

I have so many muses. As I wrote decades ago;
I wanna live my life
Enthused, amazed and amused…

I just discovered Alan Walker. He´s (?) from Bergen!(My home town in Norway). And a global star already, if I understood that correctly. His (?) videos actually move me to tears…
Check this out:

One more:

Love his (?) lyrics. There´s a ghost inside me, and it belongs to the other side…

I´ll end this post here. Fair and square. So there. Take care! 🙂

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Fanø Freefolk Festival # 8; Saturday

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There. So. Now.

My second and last of this year´s Fanø Free Folk Festival films, is ready, and uploading onto my youtube channel as we speak.

It wasn´t easy. Well. Tons of good stuff to edit. But. I had to make a couple of tough decisions in this process.

First, I chose to allow one act to fill arond 20 minutes, quite a lot more than the other acts. Simply because this band had me…. hypnotized… their music trance inducing, no less… (Those of you who follow my blog, know that I passed an exam in hypnotherapy this spring. So I don´t use these words meaningless-ly…) This choice made a long film become even longer. But. So be it. Skip along the timeline, perceive it as a cd, and jump forward if something gets too long for you. Or dwell, and dive into that meditative state of being, that the music invites one to…. simply delicious…

They say “kill your darlings”. But some things are just far too dear to kill. Sorry. Not sorry. I even included at photo stills section, taken of their instruments on the floor before they got on stage. Oh. It´s so GOOOOOOOD !!! 🙂

(And it is such a satisfation to be an independent blogger, and not answer to external editors´  whims and fancies and boring conventions….)

The second, and much harder editing choice than the first one, is that… Well. I had to accept that my recordings from Sunday are… too few, and all in all just not of good enough quality. So I won´t be making a video from the Sunday programme. Sad to say.

Thing is, I had technical problems during the fantastic concert of Marie-Louise Munck. Hence I only got 27 seconds of that! Which totally ANNOYS me. Make sure you check her name out, it was mezmerizing. Maybe my favourite concert the whole weekend! She reminded me of a female Nick Cave. But at the same time, they´re quite uncomparable, of course. I bought her cd.

Why oh WHY did exactly this concert hit the exact point in time where my camera went down with no warning and no apparent solution for immediate fixing…?!  ARGH!!

Then, a bit later in the day, came Kottos, A Danish quartet, truely amazingly skilled… I was, by then, though, just completely and utterly exhausted! I shot two minutelong recordings, but there was a kid sitting on a chair  in the middle of the picture…  and the room was too crowded for me to go find a better angle to shoot from.

(I´m not the pushiest of people, I would prefer to be invisible, a fly on the wall or something, can´t stand drawing attention to myself, disturbing the stage performance and the audience. So mostly I find somewhere in the back to film from, apart from the rare occaions that I manage to stay seated during sound checks, and place myself at the front…I aim to get better at this, but after each concert it´s just so tempting to get outside for fresh air and a cold pint and a chat and all that…)

I left the room in the middle of Kottos´ performance, my brain boiling from intensity overload, after the Friday and the Saturday…!

Then, an hour or so of rest later, I wanted to go film Kaddal-Merril at the museum. An Egypt-UK-act, fiddle and flute as far as I could see, the two minutes I managed to stand and watch from the outside of the museum room there… I then realized I just basically couldn´t listen to any more music any longer!

So, I finally accepted defeat, packed up, found my car, and drove home, to the north end of the island. Fell asleep for 3 hours, woke up and had some food, and fell back into bed again 9 pm.

End of story.

Next year, if I am to film at the festival again, I will make sure I´m not tired as it starts out on the Friday.

I don´t have an ambition to cover all the gigs. Though they all deserve total coverage. I am just a blogger, and a local citizen who loves music. And I am far too perfect to be a perfectionist. (! … )

So it doesn´t bother me that I have missed some acts. But it bothers me that I have basically missed a whole day´s programme. The Sunday evening gig at Fajancen restaurant, for example. The owner, Jacob, is my friend. Last year I covered it, and it was such a lovely event.

But there you go. This is where I get the chance to prove I really am no perfectionist.

Haha. She laughed bitterly, teeth clenched. Her brilliant level of self insight forcing her to realize unwanted realizations. (Yet no one could say she didn´t own the precious gift of self irony. Maybe she indeed WAS an imperfect imperfectionist. But self ironic, yes she was, at least no one could take that trait away from her proud self).

My apologies to the ones I let down. Well, I guess…. Instead I should focus on saying “You´re Welcome”, to the ones I have filmed successfully. Shouldn´t I.

I choose to do both.

And with this, I consider the case closed. I did my best, as always, and due to valid reasons, my best wasn’t as good as i would have liked it to be, this time around. Such is life. Acceptance. Acceptance. Let go.

Here´s the film. Much deserved after all this reading, eh. Well, I needed to get that rant out of my system. Once explained, I can now move on.

Thanx for this festival. Year after year, it makes my Summer sparkle.

Check this out. It´s marvellous, actually.

There should have been a part 3. But. This part 2 is still just smashing!  🙂

Let´s be grateful for the positive stuff we receive in life, and not dwell on what could have been, if only.

She said to herself.

Wisely.

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 8; Friday

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Hello y’all

Another year, another Fanø Free Folk Festival. A great privilege to have such an amazing festival happen annually on this tiny island where I have my home.

I organized my holiday so I returned just in time to get to the festival. To me it is a highlight of every Summer.

Enough about me, here is the first video I have made from the weekend, 21.-23. of July… The 8. time the Free Folk festival was held…

I managed to see all 7 gigs on the Friday. Some of the concerts are represented more than the others… it doesn´t mean I couldn´t have filmed all of everybody´s performances, they were all great.         Gotta keep the workload down a bit, though.
And some of my recordings are better quality than others… so.     That´s why the limelight is spread a bit unevenly between the artists.

I am no judgmental music journalist.
I just love to participate somehow, and to express and share feelgood-stuff.

Enough explainings.
Hope you enjoy the outcome!
Please comment if you feel so inclined, I am always open to listening and learning.

Lots of Love;
Lene.

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My daughter´s choir carols

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Hello again.

Yeah, I do feel a bit better after expressing those heavy thoughts in last post; Christmas Spirit?

Often, once I have aired my emotional thoughts on an issue, I can easily let go of it, new space emptied, making it possible for me to focus on something else. Handy. Is everyone like that? I wonder.

Anyways. Christmas is approaching, and I thought that today I will share with you a video I just made, with clips  from my daughter  Lava´s concert with her girls´ choir the other Sunday.  Check this out:

That´s all folks! For now. Hope to be back real soon again. With a couple more christmas posts. I love this season. One is allowed to be warm and compassionate and all “mushy hearted”. Right up my street!

🙂

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7, Saturday Compilation

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FINALLY!!! Oh my dear blog (-readers), how I have missed you.

It´s been months on end without a word between us! It´s entirely my fault. Coz I made a vain decision: I wanted my three blogposts from the Fanø Free Folk Festival to be “on the trot”, so to speak, in a row, not interrupted visually on the blog, by other posts. Problem was, this third and final blogpost from the festival, required for me to finish editing a compilation video first. (I had laid upon myself).

Editing takes time. Sure. But the problem this round has been that I have had difficulties accepting the limitations of my raw material. The first band I filmed that Saturday, was “early” in the day and it was very hot. I was dehydrated and very tired after falling into bed the night before around 05 am.

No excuses, though. Just explaining. I filmed Yngel, the first band out, for far too few minutes, then headed to the “house of gatherings” to get hold of a chair and a big glass of ice water…

The following acts, Victor Herrero, Kloster, and ML Buch, I have already made longer videos from. So in this compilation here, I´ve cut it down to just a taste.

After dinner, Nasa Dude felt extremely intense to me! My brain was just throbbing with all those new impressions of new to my musical horizon, soundscapes… I managed to film 10 minutes or so of Nasa Dude, and then I actually made an escape from the whole festival site! Went and sat on the grass outside a house a few hundred metres down the lane, for an hour! Just listening to my own breath! I was quite surprised at myself there. I HAD to have a break, and take back control over my ears!   🙂

So I missed the performance of the percussionist altogether. P.O.Jørgens. My apologies.

Not that I had promised Rasmus (The festival leader) any particular amount of coverage. I just like to cover the whole thing when I film a festival, or an exhibition. Not the whole thing, but that every participant at least gets represented,in various degrees. Maybe I should adjust that rule a tad. And go for a “Personal favourites” style. Feels unfair, though. And my taste does not define good taste. Every act in this festival is always interesting! Not exaggerating. Every act is not pleasant, to my ears, but it is all very fascinating, innovative, interesting in some way or another.

Anyways. Josephine Foster I have also made a seperate video of (although not to my satisfaction, as the room was too full to find a good angle for the camera). And Arlt, likewise. You find those videos in my 2 previous blogposts from the Freefolk Festival, or on my Youtube channel (called Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen).

The most unsatifactory piece of raw material was Origami Arktika, though. The room was very dark by this time, and I wasn´t too sober either, to be honest. Not drunk at all, but not attentative enough. A lot of my material is useless due to unstable camera. Add the in and out of focus due to darkness. Not much left to play with.

Anyways. That´s enough of the explanations. Let me give you the video compilation of 9 out of the 10 acts in the programme Saturday:

Any comments, especially from you musicians or audience present at the festival, is very wanted and welcome.
I am aiming to film acts at the festival next year as well. If there is anything you think is too much, too little or too bad or too wrong about my work this year, let me know and I will try to adjust. Also, you can tell Rasmus and have him let me know.

At the end of this video,for example, I have included a folk dance late at night by two local lads. I talked a lot to them, so I don´t think they will mind being published. But if so, I will edit them out. Same with the last clip, which is a group of friends passing a ukulele around after the programme was finished, whilst waiting for buses etc. It was a private moment, intimate and vulnerable, but so beautiful. And that atmosphere is what I treasure more than anything about this particular festival. Let me know if anyone feels obused by my filming this, though.

It is very important to me to respect those I film. I always edit to show acts and people from the most positive side possible. Anybody picking their nose or stuff like that, I scrap the material. False notes played/sung, I consider context an extra time before I publish. I am a person of high ethics. It is a central part of my character. And also, I hate to intrude. To disturb. If I could be a fly on a wall with a camera, no one noticing me, that would make me a very happy high-flying film-fly. 🙂

Right.
With luck, everyone is happy. And if someone is not, don´t hesitate in letting me know. I don´t take criticism personally. And I want to be trusted. Also, I want to get better at these video workings, coz I just love to shoot video, especially concerts (and sculptures), actually.

I fade out with a boomblast crescendo piece why not. Just to make this post even a littlebit more about me and my thoughts about me!
(At least no one can claim I don´t have self irony. Another central piece in my character, besides the ethical focus. And that claim is not bragging, it is me shining my light shamelessly, like we all should).

I´m just a soul whose intentions are good.

Ciao for now, and hope to catch you in my next blogpost!
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Fanø Free Folk festival # 7 part 2

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Greetings! This Sunday morning…

I´ve been editing more concerts from the Fanø Free Folk Festival these last couple of days. Enjoyable work. I uploaded the set with Sophie Cooper, with that brilliant loop pedal I mentioned in the last post about the festival; Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7 part 1

Here´s Sophie Cooper: (Delphine Dora also joins her towards the end).

Great to experience something unusual, something not seen before. At least to me, this was new and refreshing.

If the films that I have made stop and start from time to time, it´s because they are shot and uploaded in HD quality, so the files are rather big. I have tried to upload in a smaller format, but the pictures become grainy. So. It´s up to the quality of streaming power and flashplayer that makes the difference between smooth viewing and non smoothe. I think that pretty soon all devices and streaming will adapt to deal with the HD sizes.

Here is one more piece from the Sunday programme. Flygtningestemmer. Voices of refugees. It´s a pretty long film. That´s because I care deeply about the issue of refugees, I always have. Back in 1990, 18 years old, I was the leader of a local group of Sos Racism. We helped the newly arrived asylum seekers, showing them around town, involving them in voluntary work projects such as helping to paint an old people´s home… we arranged a women´s cafe once a month at the asylum centre, where we locked the door and drew the curtains, and off came the abayas, and all the infants were laid on the pool table to sleep once they had been fed… and we cooked great meals together, and they taught us bellydancing and told us dirty jokes…!! Hahaha… I remember I got so surprised. These ladies, whome on the street were all wrapped up in their burkas, almost invisible. Behind closed doors they were anything but invisible. Great characters. A lot of fun to hang with.

Yeah. So I include the stories between the songs here, about the project, and Nour´s thoughts on being in his situation… Thumbs up for international meetings and co creating music to share important stories!

 

I have also edited together a series of glimpses from the Friday happenings. A couple of the acts I have also made longer concert films out of. You find it all on my Youtube channel, which bares my name; Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

I have not turned every act into a separate video. Because one, it takes a lot of time to edit. And two, not all my recordings are good enough, I really need to get hold of a small tripod with a tilt-and-pan-handle… Three, there are gigs where I have only filmed a couple of minutes, because I was tired or needed air / it became too intense for me… (Not meaning to say the music I have filmed less, is less great than the music I have filmed in full, of course). There are also a handful gigs I didn´t film at all.

So. With that said, here´s a compilation of the Friday programme:

(The Great Park, Tidebound, Rasmus Kjær, Uhrbrand/Bjørslev/Brodde, Rowan Coupland, Eric Arn, Boucheloud and Christian Pallin).

Yeah. So. That´s what I´ve got for now. I´m in the process of editing a similar piece from the Saturday programme. The Sunday artists I have covered as individual pieces, minus Ghost flute and Dice, because I was exhausted that morning and couldn´t make it to the Forsamlingshus (House of Gatherings) until Sophie Cooper´s set. I´m only human. All those mindblowing gigs, and beers and coffee punches into the early hours of two mornings on the row…

Here is a video of Ghost Flute and Dice I found on Youtube. Darn, it´s so annoying I missed this, man!

Okay.

Ps, if you go to my blog´s facebook page; Kaltwasser Heart Matters, and give it a like, then you will be notified every time I publish a new blogpost. I share every new post onto that page.
I write about my life on Fanø, about spirituality, about vocal sound therapy which is my profession… I share some of my (video-)poetry, talk about sexuality, equality, cultural events and… yeah. Anything that is in my heart to talk about, and that matters to me.

I will publish this blogpost now and get ready for the Red Cross event this afternoon, for refugees and their local friends to gather and eat some cake. That´s gonna be nice.

Fanø has taken more refugees than any other kommune /county in Denmark, related to the size of population. (3000 people live here).
We are proud of that fact, and also proud to say that we have great success stories from the integrating of Bosnians and Burmese citizens, and now we welcome our new Syrian neighbours and make an active effort to meet them and show them what life on Fanø is all about.

I´m a member of the ngo Kulturelt Samråd, and we arranged a welcome party for the Syrians last April. With Syrian and Danish folkmusic and folkdancing, and an international cake buffet. 35 nationalities are represented in the Fanø population! You can read all about that splendid day we shared, here: People Meet! An event to welcome refugees

I actually think this event should be copied by cities and counties across Europe. To organize an arena where we can communicate as equals, without so much need for verbal language. We can appreciate good cakes together, and dance and laugh…. be human beings together,  showing interest in eachother´s  cultural expressions… Yeah…

We had a wonderful welcome speech written by the leader of our ngo, and we had one of the newly arrived Syrians with us on stage, translating it  into Arabic, so everyone got the message…

Aaaaanyways. Yes. It´s all described in that other blogpost there. People meet.

And so we also did at the Free Folk Festival. Thank you so much for that weekend. I will edit a compilation of the Saturday programme, and make one last blogpost about the festival.

See you!   🙂

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7 part 1

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Dear folks. Free and unfree ones. There is this festival. It´s set on the tiny isle where I live. It happened for the 7.time this year.

There was 120 tickets available for sale. Yes, that is the correct number. One hundred and twenty. They were sold out before the programme was ready! Before the acts were in place and announced, people hastened to get hold of tickets. That´s pretty special. Why like this?! One might wonder. And so I asked the man who has created this event, and here´s what he has to say about why:

(It may sound like 19 minutes is a long interview, but I simply left it unedited because I think the conversations flows so naturally  and there is nothing said that isn´t interesting and relevant. So. Enjoy).

So the festival started out as a gathering of friends who played music. And has grown each year. The whole event is one backstage area. The musicians, the volunteers and the audience all hang out together, stand in the buffet queue together, camp in tents… No hotel, no vip zone, no distance between the festival participants.
It creates such a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. I´ve been to a few festivals in my life, but this one has a tremendous feel to it, unlike anything else I have experienced.

Well. Listen to the interview for more in depth descriptions on this score. Rasmus puts it so well that it´s hard to describe it in written words after hearing him explain it.

Let me share with you the gig-vids I have managed to edit so far. (I will make some more video from the festival, but I´ve just been so busy the last few weeks, as I described in my blog post from yesterday,  Autumn routine is upon us! )

Here is a young Finnish woman. I tell you, hers will be a world famous name! That´s one of Rasmus´ talents; finding great quality artists. This woman uses her voice only. Studying traditional Scandinavian singing… She totally blew my mind. Catch this:

(If the opening song feels too intense for you, skip forward, her set is diverse and exciting, her use of the voice is truely unique, yeah I will actually call it horizon-widening)!

 

Another one of my favourite concerts, was Arlt, from France. A couple, I believe they must be, at least there seems to be  a really good chemistry between the two of them. I don´t understand French, so I don´t get the lyrics, which for me often stands for at least 50% of the meaning of a musical experience. But these people, with their melodies, rhythms and energy,  just… filled me with joy! Catch:

If the video stops as you play it, it may because of the speed of streaming in your local system. I film with a new phone, and I have tried to upload to youtube in a smaller format but it made it grainy, so I stick to the HD.

I hope the artists approve of my editing. I see the editing programme as my creative instrument. Choosing elements, combining them in the right bite sizes and order… I love this activity.
I play the piano myself (had 6 years´ training with a teacher as a kid), and I play hand drums, and love to sing and to dance. Music is to me… on the top 5 list of most imortant things in life. Maybe even top 3. (“There´s also food and sex, but… yeah maybe top 3”, me and a female musician agreed, out in the beduin tent during the festival…)

Here I should paste a video from the tent, but I haven´t edited that one yet. Let me find a still for you, it´s such a beautiful tent:

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I took these pictures Sunday afternoon, as the festival was ending. The guy on the ladder is Fanø´s own (very) sound guy Frode, and as well as steering sound he also owns this tent. Proud to say he´s a friend of mine, and he plays small informal gigs with my husband from time to time. Oh, and the woman who agreed with me about music being on the top 3 list of greatest things in life, she´s sitting right there, next to David! They were passing a ukulele around, singing… such a beautiful shared timebubble shared there. I felt so lucky being part of it.

Many times during the festival, I just felt so moved. Tearful, choking up. But not sad, just moved. To be part of this…group of strangers who treated eachother like friends… Year after year, the same volunteers come back, and some of the musicians come back, familiar faces though I know we don´t actually know eachother…but then again somehow we do, we know that we love this way of being relaxed and open together, and that´s plenty enough known, for all of us  sending eachother wide smiles from the heart…

Hard to describe the undescribable. Huh.   🙂
Anyways. Me and my words.
Moving swiftly on:

THIS is an exciting Danish act; ML Buch:

And so is this; Kloster:

Every time I go to the Freefolk festival, I discover something completely new and different. Like Rasmus said. It is so refreshing and inspiring! Some of the acts are too “noisy” or “weird” for me, but I still enjoy the experience of discovering them, to know that such music exists, and obviously is appreciated immensely by other festival guests, so my taste is not… something to define quality or popularity by… just another person´s personal experience…    🙂

This was the biggest name in the programme this year, I dare say.
Sadly, I went outside during sound check, coz they asked us to. By the time I was to go back inside, it was so crowded I simply couldn´t film!
So I caught a glimpse through a window, just… But a nice glimpse it surely is. I will check out her music more, no doubt about that.

The guy playing together with Josephine there, gave a solo concert earlier that day:

Rarely have I seen a guitar played that… mezmerizingly… I totally dig what he does….drumming on the guitar while he plays it… And the…his voice…what can I say… “clean…pure…”?

I had to stop myself from crying when he sang! His voice went straight to my heart or soul or. Essence. And again, I do not understand Spanish! So it´s not the words. It´s his voice.
I told him so too, whilst we were in the bar queue.
Sadly I was too slow to buy one of his albums, they were sold out in a couple of minutes after he finished playing! I wanted to give it to my husband, who also plays the guitar. Luckily I found Victor on Youtube, so I could show my husband that…

Oh. And then there was THIS guy. My Goodness. What a… wow. Just.

Him, Rowan, and Michael from Kloster, also gave an acoustic set Sunday night, at Fajancen; a small local restaurant in the village where the festival takes place. Very cheap tickets. Giving the locals a chance to get a taste of what goes on at the festival…. I haven´t edited those recordings yet… hopefully I can make a good piece out of that concert as well.

The festival went on in Sønderho Forsamlingshus (community centre), and also in Sønderho Church! Here is one of the concerts I filmed there. In one piece, unedited, as i just couldn´t put the camera down! I love church organs… This is experimental. I find it very interesting.

I will try to make a compilation of shorter pieces, from the gigs that I didn´t manage to film in full, or from a satisfying angle. There are also a couple of acts that I just didn´t see at all. At one point Saturday evening, I actually had to go for a long walk and Get Away from Sound! I was so…filled to the brim, couldn´t take one more note in…! Sat down on the grass, leaning my back against the wall of one of those quaint little village houses there, for a while… turning my attention towards listening to my own breathing! … Yes one CAN get some, satisfaction. There IS a point of Enough. Cup floweth over.   🙂

Anyways. I think this is the last of the ready edited and uploaded videos I have made… I soooo want that loop thingy Sophie´s got there!
🙂

Hmmmm…. it hasn´t been uploaded, I was sure I had done that. And now it seems Youtube´s got some trouble uploading it, seems to have stopped half way through the process.

Well. I think I will just let that un-watchable video of no video, be a cliffhanger, then, and share it in a part two post about the seventh FreeFolkFestival.
This post is already rather lengthy, and I will have to make a part two anyways, to make use of the rest of my recordings.

So. Bare with me!
I´ll be back, like that famous Austrian once said.
Hasta la vista, baby!

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The Sønderho Day 2016

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This year Fanø celebrates its 275 years´ anniversary, from the time when the locals bought the island from the king, and Fanø became independent. The celebration started with the usual Fanniker-Days, continued through the whole week and ended with the annual Sønderho-Day the following weekend.

I have written a post called The Fanniker-Days. During the week I have been too busy to attend the celebrations, as we are refurbishing our house at the moment, building a wall and tearing down an other wall, so that we will get a big kitchen for all our 5 kids, their life partners and our two little grandsons…

But. Here, let me show you my photos and videos from the Sønderho-Day.

Sadly, it was raining. But that did not stop hundreds and hundreds of people from going to the little village at the south tip of Fanø.

Up by the old mill, benches and chairs were ready to receive.

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Bertel Haarder is the name of the Danish minister of culture. He held a speech, because of the anniversary.

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Here is a total of the location:

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Soon time approached 14.00 (2pm), where the parade would start from the old harbour and continue to the mill on the hill. I filmed 5 minutes of the parade. (Normally there are more musicians on board, but raindrops and musical instruments don´t go together…)

As soon as all the people had arrived, Bertel Haarder entered the stage. He speaks in Danish, of course, but. It gives you an impression of the crowd and the event, even if you don´t understand the language.

After his speech, a woman read an old poem written about Sønderho, and an other woman guided us through the bridal riduals of yonder years… where they dance three different folk tunes, and in between the dances, they get three different drinks that they have to drink. First, a sweet one, then a sour one and last, a bitter drink. Symbolizing the feelings of married life over time, she explained! 🙂

After this, the traditional costumes were presented and explained. By a man called Claus. Whose first name I just happen to know. I think the woman who recited the poem, is called Christiane. The lady explaining the bridal rituals, I don´t know her name. They didn´t introduce them as they came on stage. Or else I would of course mention them by names here.

Here is Claus, talking about the costumes:
(The fabrics were brought home by the sailors, from Africa and Asia… The costumes are special to Fanø only, no other place in Denmark have these).

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After this, all the people walked into town, where there was music and folk dancing outside the restaurant Nanna´s Stue. (Nanna´s Cottage). Next to Nanna´s there is a place that sells huge, delicious icecream cones, so. Yeah. I went there with my husband and 3 kids, and had an icecream. Didn´t film or take photos there. Afterwards we went down to the dike and enjoyed the view. Here:

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Here we see Børsen, which is a very popular piknik / party location for late nights turning into early mornings…

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There was a boat lying just there, all poetically…:

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We drove home late afternoon, a bit cold. The other Sønderho-Day-celebrators joined a folk dance party at the old community centre and danced the local Fanø dances for hours and hours beyond the sunset and possibly even beyond the following sunrise, I haven´t heard the rumours in full yet… 🙂

In my post about The Fanniker-Days, the last photo was of my girl Viola, who is 6 and who just that day discovered her first loose tooth. Well, guess what:

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She lost her first tooth on The Sønderho-Day!

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So. Yeah. Perfect timing, I guess we might call that. Easy to remember for the parents, anyways. “When did I lose my first tooth?” Easy! 🙂

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