About Fribo

Fribo (“Open House”) is a unique collaboration between Norwegian singer Anne Sofie Linge Valdal, Scottish fiddler Hannah Read, Liverpool born Ewan MacPherson on guitar and tall Swedish percussionist Magnus Lundmark.

Described by Celtic Connections Festival: “…one of the freshest and most inventive acts on the emerging 'Nu-Nordic' scene, exploring and creating links between British and Scandinavian traditions, with a deft peppering of wider contemporary influences.”

After first playing around an old Edinburgh kitchen table in 2003, Fribo have become experts in finding subtle ways of exchanging traditions whilst expressing them anew, with an exuberant feel for contemporary sounds and rhythms.

Today after honing their musical explorations through five yearsʼ touring experience and a very well received debut album, Fribo is rapidly gaining recognition and acclaim, the band released their second album called 'Happ' (Old Norn language meaning "in good health") on 30 March 2011 which is picking up great reviews, positive comment and airplay.

The dynamic blending of Voices, Willow Flute, Fiddle, Jews Harp and Guitar has become a “...zestful, vibrant, multi-national North Sea sound.” (Womad)

To date Fribo have toured through Europe and North America, performing at large-scale events such as: WOMAD, Celtic Connections, APAP, Vancouver, FolkBaltica Festival, Telemark Festival, Calgary, Gosport & Blàs.

The band has been featured artist and can be heard regularly on many radio stations worldwide including: BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3, ABC Australia, Radio Nan Gaidheal and the World Sevice.

- Anne Sofie Linge Valdal (Vocals / Flutes)

Since moving to Scotland in 2001 Anne Sofie first made an impact as the lead singer with Jim Sutherlandʼs Celtic Connections commission, Cold Weather Dancing. She is an experienced musician performing internationally and has recorded numerous tracks for television and radio; including Norwegian NRK and BBC. Most recently appearing on Mary Ann Kennedyʼs “Global Gathering” -Live at Celtic connections - Festival Highlights”. She has worked with indie band Aberfeldy and the Andi Neate

band, as well as other renowned artists: Karen Tweed (SWÅP), Annlaug Børsheim (NO), Gabe McVarish (Daimh), Ross Martin (Daimh), Barry Reid (Treacherous Orchestra), and Jonas Simonsson (SWE). A founder member of Fribo, she also performs with an exciting new collaborative project of Gaelic / Norwegian song called Samling. Anne Sofie was also honoured as the cultural representative for her native council, Norddal kommune, in 2010 and on.

“…hauntingly beautiful voice” Rock nʼ Reel

- Hannah Read (Fiddle / Vocals)

Is a young fiddler and singer from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her unique style blends Scottish folk with American fiddle

music and jazz. Having studied in both Edinburgh and Paris, Hannah is also a graduate of the violin performance bachelorʼs degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Hannah has shared the stage many wonderful musicians including The Treacherous Orchestra, Matt Glaser, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Cortese, Tamsin Wilson, Eugene Freisen, Maeve Gilchrist., The Boston Boys, Martyn Bennett, Croft no.5 and The Folk Arts


                                                                       “…great grooves, stylistic mastery and diversity.” Eugene Freisen.

-Magnus Lundmark (Percussion)

Magnus Lundmark from Sweden is much in demand for his skills as both percussionist and drummer, he plays many different styles of music and has been playing on a professional basis for 11 years.

He has worked in many different areas of performance including; theatre musician for various productions, folk percussion and pop programming. Aside from his work with Fribo Magnus is currently a member the European Music Folk Award winning group Sågskära, he is also playing with hurdy-gurdy virtuoso Harald Pettersson together with the June Quintet. In 2009 he also started an electronica project called the Sungame together with Magnus Warén.

"...superb musician."  Rootsworld

Ewan MacPherson (Guitars / Vocals / Jews Harp),

- Liverpool born Ewan was one of the first ever students from Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

A much in demand session musician he has performed with a wide range of artists including:

Shooglenifty, The Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Seamus Egan, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller, Breabach, John Spiers (Bellowhead), The Battlefield Band, Dàimh, Emily Smith, Maeve Mackinnon, Bùrach, Lori Watson, Dannsa, Fine Friday and Claire Mann.

His recording credits include:

Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller - Shadows Tall

Ewan Robertson - Some Kind of Certainty

Malinky - Unseen Hours

Croft no 5 - Talk of the Future

Alasdair White (Battlefield Band) - An Clàr Geal

Chloe Matharu - Next Market Day

Ewan has released an album of self-penned songs in 2008 which included a collaboration with Vashti Bunyan, and also continuing his interests in Electronica with his band RoughCoastAudio, which debued in the Old Fruitmarket at Celtic Connections 2011.

                                                                                              "..excellent and innovative guitarist." - NetRhythms

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