The Story and the Music
An Original Mix that is Vibrating with Power
GROUPA plays it's own brand of modern Swedish folk music. The original band was founded in 1980, and along with other groups like the now defunct Filarfolket has been a vanguard of the progressive folk music scene in Sweden since the 80's. The music is based on a great and tender caring for Swedish Folk music, coupled with refined musical skills. With Terje Isungset from Norway as their new percussion player, Groupa continues towards new goals. In the music of Groupa, you will find a composed picture of the Traditions of Yesterday, the whims of today, and the possibilities of tomorrow.
GIVING THE MUSIC freer reins and new colours, they are exerting themselves in the joy of drawing new musical dimensions with instruments such as mouth harp, overtone flutes, viola d'amore, bells, stones, wood, and melodeon.
EVER SINCE THE start, Groupa has been a very popular live band. The band tours Sweden, Scandinavia and Europe relentlessly, and have appeared at the following festivals: Roskilde Festival – Denmark, Folk Festival Dranouter and Gooikoorts – Belgium, Jazz & Heritage festival New Orleans, Nordic Roots Festival, Minneapolis – USA, Folk Alliance, Vancouver – Canada, Pontardawe and Wadebridge – UK, Leipzig Tanzhausfest, Rudolstadt Folk Festival and folkBaltica – Germany, Violin and Village Festival in Maramures – Romania, Festival Porta in Riga - Latvia, Kaustinen Folk Festival and Haapavesi Folk Festival – Finland, Falun Folk Music Festival, Stockholm Water festival, Urkult vid Nämforsen, Hultsfredstestivalen, Korrö, Linköpings folkmusikfestival – Sweden and many others. Groupa has also been touring India.
In 1987 Groupa received the "Volkkunstpreis F V S zu Hamburg", and in 1991 they were awarded a Grammy for their album "Månskratt". The motivation of the jury read: "For pulling the old woolly feeling off folk music with a curious smile!" In 1992, the founder of the band, Mats Edén, was appointed the Composer of the Year at the "Musik vid Siljan" festival. He was also one of the participant of the Fiddles on Fire tours in -92 and 94 in the UK, organized by Folkworks. Groupa's second Grammy was collected in 1996 for their latest CD Imeland. This time in competition with large-selling artists as Rikard Wolff and Stefan Sundström.