Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard - 10 years
Intense and fiery
Crystal clear voice and the power fiddle from Denmark
Singer song writer and Danish folk-diva No. 1 Helene Blum has formed one of Scandinavia’s busiest and finest folk bands with virtuoso fiddler and composer Harald Haugaard. In recent years they have established themselves as outstanding interpreters and innovators of the Danish music tradition. Their own newly written material is mixed gently with original interpretations of old songs and instrumental pieces. Their integrity is outstanding and their great virtuosity and presence helps to make their concerts unforgettable. In 2019 they celebrate their 10th anniversary as performing artists together with a number of concerts in Europe and North America.
They have won the prestigious European folk music award Eisener Eversteiner and when they opened Danish Tønder Festival in August 2014 with a thrilling concert, the headline in the Danish daily newspaper ”Jyske Vestkysten” simply was: ”Musical Fireworks”.
Over the past 20 years Harald Haugaard has established himself as one of Denmark's most highly regarded musicians. In his virtuoso fiddle playing he combines playful ease with a rich and melancholic sound. His compositions are contemporary, original and altogether deeply rooted in the rich Danish musical tradition. He is a 12-time winner of the Danish Music Award, and the music magazine Sing Out has said of his playing:
“Haugaard is the master of sublime moments”
Helene Blum has thrilled audiences throughout Europe, and from Canada to Japan, with her intensely expressive, crystal clear voice. Her artistic focus embraces both traditional roots and innovation. She is deeply rooted in Danish musical traditions, but at the same time not afraid to challenge them. Her songs tell captivating stories about love, life, hope, war, peace and destinies. Her latest album “Men med åbne øjne” (But With Open Eyes) (Jan. 2013) has won countless hearts and was chosen as one of the 10 best folk albums of the year by the British daily newspaper The Telegraph, which said in its review:
“The album is an unexpected treat”
Helene Blum: vocal, piano & fiddle
Harald Haugaard: fiddle