South of France and Nordic Song Festival

Hi!

I’m back after a couple of exciting concerts. Touché went to the wonderful festival Choralies in Vaison-la-Romaine close to Marseille close to the mediterranean sea. It’s a huge festival with choir singers from all over the world. The concert venue is a marvellous Roman amphitheatre that could fit 5.000 people! And the acoustics were amazing. I mean, we sing with microphones anyways but the sound was so good already when we started our soundcheck. Those Romans really knew how to build theatres.

We traveled to Vaison-la-Romaine the day before the concert with a super early flight. My alarm was set at 3.30am, never a nice thing but it’s a good thing to arrive the day before the concert. The travels went fine, but the plan was crazy because we were set up to have our soundcheck on the very same evening at 11.30pm. It was delayed of course, and we ended our soundcheck at whooping 3.30am. Does that time sound familiar to you? Well, 24 hours after the alarm went off and we could finally go to bed.

The day after was spent by the hotel pool. I had turned into a lobster just in time for the concert. Thank God for makeup :)

The stage was nothing less than breathtaking. The cicadas were making their loud noises in the trees and the atmosphere was just something to remember forever. Touché did a great job, I’m so proud of us. We had practiced new choreography and fast transitions in between each song and it all worked out beautifully.

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The week after, Åkervinda went to Nordic Song Festival. It’s a festival where we’ve been invited before but they’ve changed location since. This year’s festival was placed in Trollhättan close to Vänern, the biggest sea in Sweden. I’d never been there before so that was nice. We sang at the opening concert in Folkets hus and had our own concert in Konsthallen the day after. Two beautiful locations each with their own charm. The whole festival is geared more towards classical music but we were kind of their more folky/jazzy element to spice up the program. We were all super tired the day of our concert, but somehow managed to find some left over energy just when we entered the stage. It turned out to be one of the best concerts we’ve ever sung and we were all equally surprised and happy afterwards.

The day after the concert we all traveled to Malmö and Sunnanå Studio to record our new single. Tobias Ekqvist, sound engineer, had put everything up when we arrived. We had invited Villads Hoffmann from Elmø og Hoffmann to join us and he played his cittern like magic. Still a bit tired from all the travels and not enough sleep, he was the boost we needed that day. We finally got our version and hope we can release it soon. Make sure to follow Åkervinda on Facebook and/or Instagram for updates.

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This week I’ve recorded new music written by the Danish composer/trombone, piano and organ player Morten Jessen. He has written beautiful music for three singers, strings and wind instruments. We’ll premiere it the 15th of September in Høsterkøb church outside of Copenhagen (facebook event), but the recording will be out soon too.

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Next up i actually a weekend off together with my family. We’re gonna celebrate my dad who’s turning 65! Congratulations daddy <3 Next week I’m going to Halmstad together with We Float, Copenhagen with Touché and Karlskrona with a groovy gang to play some party music. Hope you all are having a great August so far. Take care!

Love, Linda

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We performed at Allsång på Skansen!

Hi!

Oh wow, what a week! If you missed it, Åkervinda performed at SVT Allsång på Skansen three days ago. It’s still hard to grasp. The days leading up to the show was pretty hectic and I didn’t get much sleep, so it’s quite cloudy to be honest :) But fun! We had the best time!

We went to Stockholm last Sunday and had our first rehearsal with the band on Monday. That was pretty chill since we only sang one song together with the band and they had made a beautiful arrangement of the song. We of course had to add some of our harmonies, but that was about it. Tuesday started at 11 am with a camera rehearsal on stage followed by a dress rehearsal (felt more like the real deal, we were exhausted afterwards!) and a break before the big show. The makeup artists fixed us up and we went out to sing - in front of a crowded Solliden and about 1.5 million viewers at home! Oh wow. We are so proud of our performance and felt the love from the sweet audience. Some of them came to Skansen hours before the doors opened at 10 in the morning and sat in the blazing sun for about 10 hours to get the best seats! I mean, that’s insane!

We feel so honoured and thankful that the team at SVT chose us for this show, it can mean a lot to our future career.

So thank you thank you thank you thank you!

Love, Linda

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Allsång på Skansen and summer

Hi!

Hope you’re all well. I just remembered that I haven’t updated you guys in a while now and some exciting things are coming up!

The 4h of July I’m gonna be in Strängnäs - my hometown - to perform at Kvitter i Parken (Ugglans park) with Åkervinda. We are super excited! Both me and Agnes are from the area (Agnes grew up in Mariefred) so we’re all very thrilled to sing on our home arena. Click here for Facebook event.

Aside from that, Åkervinda has got another super exciting concert coming up. We’ve been asked to perform at Allsång på Skansen! It’s the biggest event we’ve ever done and we were so surprised and flattered that we even got the question. I’ve watched Allsång på Skansen since I was a kid and I’ve never even dreamt of performing there. So super stirred, thank you SVT crew for choosing us!

We Float shared an evening with Makross and Almaz Yebio Twist ‘n Shout at Jazzfesten in Ystad the 31st of May. The concert was recorded and aired at the radio the day before yesterday. If you missed it, you can find it here.

That was all for now! If you don’t want to miss any future concerts, all my public performances are listed under “Calendar”.

Love, Linda

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UK tour and singing with my idols

Hi!

I’ve been away with Åkervinda for a week. We went back to England, one of our favourite destinations. We’ve been there quite a lot over the last couple of years and after each time we usually say “oh, maybe we should just go somewhere else next time, find something else to do” -yet we go back! There’s something about that country that just pulls us back, and now we have finally figured it out - it’s the people. At every concert we meet so many lovely people that are so extremely open minded when it comes to music. We thought the language barrier (we sing in Swedish) would be a problem, but it seems to be the opposite. So thank you BREXIT for not ruining this for us (yet), we were quite nervous that you would come and kill the party but you didn’t. For that I’m forever grateful.

This tour was by far the best one yet, with three sold out concerts and a workshop with over 50 participants. And I got to sing with my idols in London - how crazy is that? We met The Swingles for the first time in 2015 at Aarhus Vocal Festival. They were the headliners and we were in the vocal competition. They invited us over to their festival, the London A cappella Festival in January 2017 and it was around that time that they released their folk album “Folklore”. I think that was when the thought of a collaboration started, but it took some time before we dared to ask and our calendars matched. For this concert we wrote an arrangement together and… it’s so beautiful! Åkervinda started by choosing the tune (it’s actually two tunes that we put together) and arranging for ourselves with lots of space for the other seven voices in the second part of the song. Then we sent it to Edward Randell, the bass singer in The Swingles. He arranged their part and sent it back to us and it just blew our minds. Just wow, what an arranger! If you want to hear the whole thing, keep your ears and eyes open because we had video cameras filming it, but the second part of the song, the one with the Swingles can be found here.

After London we went straight to Bath for a workshop and concert. We met up with our friends and fellow folk musicians Su Hart and her husband Martin Cradick. Together we recorded the beautiful song “Lament for the Fisherman’s Wife” with a 360° camera at their kitchen table. Listen to it with headphones for the best sound experience. If I look sad in the video (oh yes I do) then I can promise you that I wasn’t sad at all. Please just listen to the lyrics and you’ll understand.

The last venue was a yurt in the countryside close to Ledbury. Acoustic and with blackbirds singing outside in the apple trees it was just magical. The labrador Pearl greeted us with puppy kisses that made the evening complete.

This week everything seemed to just go our way. BREXIT, SAS strike, hay fever - nothing could ruin it for us! So thank you England, we had a blast! Until next time.

Love, Linda

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Grammisgala

Hi!

February is here! Not the nicest of weathers, but the sun is returning to the north! I don’t know with you, but I find it hard to function when the sun vanishes in the winter. Now, I can wake up before my alarm in the morning and feel awake, that usually never happens in my snoozy December…

Ok, so Grammisgalan happened. Wow, that was something completely different from the everyday life and chilling in the pj’s at home, haha. We dressed up in long gowns, flower crowns and jewellery from Andeliusgribbe, walked the red carpet and got seated amongst the other nominees. Actually, the back of my seat touched the back of Robyn’s seat, THEEE ROBYN. I actually screamed out loud when I realised she was seated just next to me. Unfortunately, she never came :/ 8 year old Linda would’ve been devastated, but I don’t know, maybe it was a good thing since I’m so star struck that I would have missed the whole program because of her. 8 year old Linda would’ve said that it would’ve been worth it though :D

The hosts were brilliant and the food was delicious, but unfortunately Åkervinda didn’t win. BUT, just to be clear, we’re sooo not disappointed! As I’ve mentioned already, just the nomination was enough to send us to the moon. And now we can’t get enough, so we’ll just record some new music and see what happens, hopefully we’ll be back again some day!

January was also the month when I upgraded to Linda 3.0. Thank you so much for all your birthday wishes! I had an interview with Eskilstunakuriren, and I think it turned our really nice, so hear you have it (click here for a bigger version).

Love, Linda

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2018 - the summary

Hi!

Before we head to far into 2019, I just want to sum up all the craziness that 2018 had to offer.

2018 spoiled me. I got to play over fifty public concerts, including my first ever concert in Iceland and Luxembourg. I had two album releases, with Åkervinda and We Float. I also received Malmö stads kulturstipendium (culture scholarship) and Konstnärsnämndens arbetsstipendium (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee working grant). On top of that We Float won the award “Årets grupp” (Group of the year) at P2 Jazzkatten and we got to play on live TV and radio in Musikhjälpen. I also got to meet and play with some truly amazing musicians this year, that inspired me to practice and develop further.

2018 also gave me the greatest thing ever - our puppy Peggy. I know it’s random, but she is truly the best little dog. I’m so happy that she came into our lives and enriched it with puppy kisses and snuggles (and endless games of tug of war, bite marks and missing socks).

Some amazing things will happen in 2019 as well. First of all, Åkervinda has been nominated for a Grammis. Just the nomination is enough to make us feel like queens, but the 7th of February we’ll know who the winner is. And we get to go to a gala, that’s exciting!

In April, Åkervinda will sing a concert in London together with my all time favourite vocal group The Swingles. It’s still surreal, so don’t ask me how I feel about it just yet.

Other projects and tours will be official later on, so stay tuned!

2019, bring it on!

Love, Linda

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Nominated for a Grammis

Hello!

I just wanted to pop in here and say that Åkervinda has been nominated for a Grammis, the Swedish music award, in the category “Årets folkmusik” (Folk music of the year). This is complete madness, and we’re all speechless. We want to send a huge thanks to the jury for believing in us and our music and for family and friends. The gala night is the 7th of February, please keep your fingers crossed for us!

Love, Linda

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Christmas show and album release

Hi!

Just wanted to update you on what I’ve been up to recently. I’ve had a couple of crazy weeks, but it’s starting to ease up.

Åkervinda went to Jylland, Denmark in November, to give workshops and sing concerts together with two wonderful choirs. We had the best time, thank you to everyone involved! I’ve said it before, but workshops is one of my absolute favourite things to do! I love the feeling of unity and joy that it gives.

Straight after I went home, I started rehearsing for the Christmas show “Ännu en svensk klassiker” that I’m a part of. We’re playing 3-4 shows a week up until Christmas, so I’ll spend a lot of my time singing Swedish hits and Christmas songs the next couple of weeks. It’s so much fun, since I rarely sing any backup vocals and pop hits nowadays. Although… after a week of rehearsals I started to notice that my wrist was aching, and I realised it was because of my crazy tambourine and cowbell playing. I have to learn some percussion technique, fast!

We Float released the album “What’s Really Real?” the 9th of November on Havtorn Records. We’re so proud of the album and critics have been very kind so far. Monday, the day before yesterday, we played our release concert at Inkonst, Malmö. We invited all the guest musicians that play on the record to feature on the concert, and it was one of my greatest concert experiences ever. We had so much fun, all my stress and nervousness just melted off when we stepped up on the stage. If you missed it, you can read the nice review in Sydsvenskan and pretend you were there ;)

Now I have to go back to cuddling with my puppy <3 Take care (and don’t forget to switch over to winter tires and drive safely).

Love, Linda

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Winner of P2 Jazzkatten

Hi!

I’m just popping in here to tell you that We Float won the award “Årets grupp” (Group of the year) at P2 Jazzkatten 2018. This is huge for us. I know it sounds so cliché, but we weren’t expecting to win at all. The nomination itself really shook us (in a good way of course) and we never imagined to win. So THANK YOU to all the voters out there - we are so grateful that you believe in us and in our music. We’ll make sure to make up for it by releasing some great music in the near future.

We Float also played at GMLSTN Jazz yesterday. Thank you Silvia and everybody else in the team for the warmest of welcomes. You guys have a wonderful festival and we’re so happy that we were invited to take part in it.

That was all for now!

Love,
Linda

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Back to it

Hello there autumn!

Here we go again! After some hectic summer months, I’m back in the swing of things with a little update for y’all. First of all, I have to tell you that WE FLOAT HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR P2 JAZZKATTEN! Sorry for screaming, it’s just too cool not to. The category is “Årets grupp” or “Group of the year”, which for me is the best category of them all, I very much enjoy being a team player. You can vote for us by texting p2 grupp5 to 72250 (up to ten times!). Even if we don’t win (and we don’t expect to) we’re just so proud to be nominated and that we’re being recognised for what we do. And while we’re on that subject, We Float just released the first single from the record What’s Really Real? that will be released on Havtorn Records the 9th of November. It’s called REM - a song about falling asleep, surrendering into a dream and letting the imagination take over. Watch the music video or listen on Spotify.

It’s been a wonderful summer, with lots of new experiences and concerts memories to help warm the soul during the long and cold winter awaiting us. Since my last update, Åkervinda went on tour to the UK yet another time. This time, we played in London, Bath and at the Shambala festival. Lovely places, lovely people but not as warm as we’d expected. I had a concert at a Christmas market in Sweden once, where my hands froze to ice from holding the microphone. That is still the coldest gig I’ve ever had, but the night at Shambala comes in second. The glamorous life as a musician is not always glamorous :D

School has started, which means I’m back teaching at Skurups folkhögskola and also at AMS, where I teach vocals lessons once a week. It feels good to be back! Yet, everything is very different in our private lives right now, since we have a new family member! We finally got a dog, can you believe it?! Her name is Peggy and she’s been living with us for almost a month now and she’s the cutest thing that I’ve ever seen. All my dog abstinence that I’ve felt for almost a decade is gone, except for when I’m away from her. I always feel a bit sad going into autumn, but Peggy surely erases every trace of sadness this year.

To stay updated with upcoming concerts, don’t forget to look at my Calendar page.

Love, Linda

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