Winter Is Coming

by Erik Ask-Upmark

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Download the booklet with liner notes here: ask-upmark.se/harp/winter_is_coming_booklet.pdf

Welcome to my second CD with traditional Swedish music, arranged for solo harp. The first one, Heaven’s Polska (Himlens Polska) featured not-so-common tunes from the Swedish folk repertoire; the music on this CD however is generally more well known. This stems from the fact that over the years I have given lots of workshops abroad, and generally the participants want to learn tunes they will be able to play with other Swedish musicians if/when they end up at a Swedish session or stämma (folk festival, usually in the summer). I can almost promise that all the tunes on this CD will be familiar to Swedish traditional musicians, so please have a go at it! And if you don’t play an instrument (yet), it is never to late to start – Swedish folk music is at its best when you are able to partake of the tradition yourself, either as a player or dancer, although listeners are very welcome too of course! If you do want to learn to play the tunes yourself, there is also a “Winter is Coming” sheet music book available. Finally, let me stress that no harps were injured during the shooting of the cover photo...

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released October 8, 2019

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Erik Ask-Upmark Lund, Sweden

Erik Ask-Upmark is one of very few harpists focusing on Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp. He is a Swedish "Riksspelman" (Musician of the Realm) who also plays the Baroque harp and many other early instruments with his groups Svanevit, Dråm and Falsobordone as well as occasionally with larger ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen and Ensemble Mare Balticum, and tours all over the world. ... more

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