In May 2019, a new Swedish folk music band saw the light of day.
Breda gatan released their debut album in May 2019. But there are no tenderfoots hitting the road this summer; the quartet consists of four strong personalities with poignant radiance. Here they come together to perform songs full of humour, melancholy and with the storyline in focus.
Behind the name Breda gatan are folk singers Emma Härdelin and Johanna Bölja Hertzberg, fiddle player Kjell-Erik Eriksson, and Ola Hertzberg on nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), so you can count on gorgeous singing and intimate interaction.
Listento the singel Den usle förföraren and visit the web page Breda gatan to read more about the band.
In January Johanna Bölja and Emma Härdelin did some Hearding Calls, “kulning”, in the ski slope in Järvsö, Sweden, to celebrate the year of Cultural Heritage in Sweden 2018. The echo was all over the village! You can see a video here! It was great fun to go skiing in folk costume! The video was made by The Beard Bringer.
Bölja/Härdelin at the Cultural Heritage of 2018 in Järvsö, Sweden
This year, has been a year of working with other folk singers, witch I really love! I have been singing both summer concerts and christmas conserts with my dear friend Emma Härdelin. We also went to Bodö in Norway in april to sing with the vocal ensemble Vocal Arts. In marsch I got the honor to go to London and perform some hearding calls with my dear friend Ulrika Bodén. I also gave five workshops in kulning (Swedish herding call). Thank you all! I wish you a Happy New Year with this video of me and Emma Härdelin!
Welcome to listen to a concert with Songs of the railroad workers, recorded by the Swedish Radio in October 2016. You hear Johanna Bölja (vocals) perform together with Görgen Antonsson (fiddle) and Pär Engman (vocals and guitar). The tunes are rhythmical and seldom performed, but well worth a listen! The songs tell of days filled with dangers, sweat and longing, but also of celebration and camaraderie.
Just click hereto get to the Swedish Radio P2 web site!
A new year has come and it´s time for new challenges!
The summer and autumn has passed with lots of concerts with the trio Bölja, Antonsson and Engman and the program Songs of the railroad workers. Thanks to everyone who came to the concerts, and to all the concert arrangers. We had a great time and we´re so pleased for the large audience that came.
In November the folksinger quartet Bölja, Hallberg, Härdelin, Ståbi was touring with While Waiting – Death in Song. Johanna also had the pleasure to once again perform the piece Who´s that calling, by composer Karin Rehnqvist. This time she will perform with the great folksinger Sofia Sandén. The concert took place at Birmingham Conservatorie at the 13th of November.
In 2016 Johanna will continue to sing songs by the railway workers, but also look for new material and songs. At the end of 2014 Johanna got an award from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee to work with her voice and find new songs.
Composer Karin Rehnqvist at Birmingham Conservatorie November 2015.
Johanna Bölja is performing Who´s that calling at Birmingham Conservatorie November 2015.
Bölja, Antonsson, Engman – Songs of the railroad workers
In april we finally got on tour with songs by the swedish railway workers. We had a great time and we are overwhelmed by the interest for these old songs; we even had attendance record in four concerts! One of the songs, Jämtlandsvisan, is now released at iTunes and Spotify. If you are interested to buy the CD or to book a concert, please email us!
In september 2014 the CD Rallarnas Visor was released! It contains songs made and sung by the Swedish railway workers during the late nineteenth century. Johanna sings together with Pär Engman – guitar and vocals, and Görgen Antonsson – fiddles.
You can watch a video from the release concert HERE!
If you are interested to buy the CD, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nice news – Karin Rehnqvist`s CD album LIVE got the Swedish Grammis Awards (equivalent of the Grammy Awards) in the category Classical!
Johanna Bölja has the honour to sing a piece called Quem chama? together with Marie Axelsson and ensemble. This piece was recorded at the Casa di Musica in Porto, Portugal 2008.
In february 2014 the piece was made in Royal Festival Hall in London, with Marie Axelsson & Johanna Bölja Hertzberg (singers), members of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Peter Tilling (conductor).
Said about Quem chama:
The music seems to be standing on tiptoe so that the heartrending herding calls and the unanswered question underpinning them (‘Who’s that calling?’) will make itself heard right out across the Atlantic Ocean.
You can read more about Karin Rehnqvist and her music here.
Here is a review from a concert in Royal Festival Hall on the 27th of february:
Never stop being curious … or the music of Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist might pass you by. She was the latest subject of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series – free and informal, just turn up.
Finally, Quem chama? Who’s that calling? This 13-minute “happening” for two voices, one and a pair of trumpets placed behind the platform, the other and two trombones at the rear of the audience. The vocalists offer Swedish herding cries, primeval in effect. On the platform the sinewy writing exploits low registers. It’s a physical and naturalistic piece – Canteloube meets Xenakis, to quote an irresistible comment shared with me afterwards, and with an apotheosis that, strangely, recalled the close of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. The two singers carried to all corners (with no need of amplification) and Peter Tilling had the measure of perspectives and directions.
During 2013 Johanna has been working with Bölja/Hallberg/Härdelin/Ståbi and their project titled Songs about death. They have been going through historic music archives in search of new material for the project, arranging music and making plans to bring the music to the stage. You will se the result in spring 2014, when they are ready to go on tour.