"Music fills the house - sometimes lovely music - sometimes the Penny Whistle Orchestra - sometimes the Laponia Ukulele Orchestra but music is loved here! There was always someone noodle-ing around on some instrument or other and the ukuleles were breeding on the sofa. It was delightful to find so much music around all being made as you listened."
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Ukuleles in Jokkmokk, Norrbottens Lan, Sweden
In Swedish, Jokkmokk is pronounced "Yawk-mawk". So I had a visitor from Jokkmokk, Sweden just recently click onto the Humble Uker Ramblings blog. I found that there are Ukes in Jokkmokk! Ukes are everywhere. Why is Jokkmokk important? We'll it was one of the towns that I visited in my journey up to the far north town of Kiruna.
So I googled Jokkmokk+Ukulele and found a bit of a journal of an exchange student and her life with a musical family. Here's a really short home-made ukulele video:
She also commented about her living with a musical family,
A band link was provided for a band named Glesbygd'n. Here's a MySpace Band Page for the band: http://myspace.com/glesbygdn [No ukes in here.]
This band is influenced by Swedish Folk Music, Soul, Jazz and the New European wave of Roots Raggae and dub. Singer Arvid uses a 400 year old dialectic tradition of Arvidsjaur, Sweden which is in the deepest woods of Lapland.
Swedish interview of Arvid [In Swedish]