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Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson

Thought Provoking Contemporary Swedish Folk
Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson are two rising young stars of the Swedish folk scene. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Mountain Meeting in 2015 the duo have become known for their innovative interpretations of Nordic folk music. They were awarded the Royal Academy of Music Ensemble Scholarship 2017, and have a new album to be released in 2018.
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The duo Bridget Marsden (violin) and Leif Ottosson (accordion) formed in 2009 and have since toured in Scandinavia and the UK. The duo’s distinctive style took shape during a collaboration with performance storyteller Dominic Kelly. This opportunity to dive deeply into the imagery and narrative qualities of folk music led to their debut album Mountain Meeting. In 2016, the duo was selected for a showcase concert to represent Sweden at the Nordic Showcase Festival at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards. The Debut album Mountain Meeting was nominated for Best Album at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards 2016, and for Folk Music Album of the Year at the Swedish Indie Music Awards 2016.

Bridget Marsden – Artist of the Year at the Swedish Folk & World Music Awards 2016 – is a violinist who walks her own path through a rich and varied musical landscape. An encounter with Swedish folk music made such a strong impression on her that she moved from England to Sweden. Bridget is specialised in the Bingsjö fiddle tradition. Her critically acclaimed debut solo album When I Listen To Bingsjö (2015, Dimma Sweden) was selected by Svenska Dagbladet as one of the best folk albums of the year.

Leif Ottosson – a young accordionist on the Swedish folk music scene who is said to be the first to have transferred the traditional fiddler’s style of playing to his instrument. He challenges the conventional way of using the accordion and is constantly searching for new expressions and sounds from his instrument. His great artistic breadth and skill as a composer and arranger has earned him several well-renowned awards including the Hagström Scholarship and the Andrew Walter Scholarship for Accordionists.