Band Bio

Band Bio

Farandi are six musicians from five different countries brought together by a love of Nordic folk music. Presenting the best of Denmark, Finland, UK, Sweden and Belgium, they explore the full possibilities of acoustic music, from traditional to contemporary, from minimal to symphonic. Described as a “transparent ocean orchestra” (Olof Misgeld), this unique ensemble is composed of nyckelharpas (Swedish keyed fiddle), accordion, flute, piano, bagpipes and whistles.

From the language of Old Norse, “Farandi” translates to English as “travelling” or “wandering”. Their name reveals their current journey. As part of the Nordic Master in Folk Music – the most high-profile program in folk today – they are travelling for the next two years across the Nordic countries. Members include bagpiper Marieke Van Ransbeeck (previously known from Back To The Woods), flautist Mette Qvist-Jensen, accordionist Tommie Black-Roff (TEYR) and nyckelharpists Petrus Dillner (HRD and Trio Törn), Saana Kujala and Einar Zethelius (Tagelfar).

Collectively they believe in a folk music that unites people – musicians, listeners and dancers. To this end Farandi are dedicated to crossing borders to share their “amazing sound” (Emilia Amper).