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Gjallarhorn

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There’s a number of different bands using this name:

1. A band from Finland, formed in 1994.
2. A band from Italy.
3. A viking metal/ band from Russia.
4. A black metal band from the Ukraine…

1. Gjallarhorn is a folk band from Finland. The band’s music echoes in a modern way the ancient folk music tradition of Scandinavia with mediaeval ballads, minuets, prayers in runo-metric chanting, and ancient Icelandic rímur epics. The band comes from Ostrobothnia, a Swedish-speaking region on the west coast of Finland, one of the four regions of the historical province of Ostrobothnia and the only region in Finland outside the Åland Islands where more people speak Swedish than Finnish.

The music of the band remains Swedish in character. Most of their repertoire is the acoustic folk music of these Swedish-speaking Finns, from the unique minuets and ballads that have only survived in Ostrobothnia, to the old traditional waltzes. The didgeridoo and sub-contrabass recorder offer an underlying drone, a technique shared by some other Nordic bands such as Garmarna.

Gjallarhorn was formed in 1994 on the west coast of Finland, in the Swedish speaking area, by Jenny Wilhelms, Christopher Öhman (viola, mandola), and Jacob Frankenhaeuser (didgeridoo). The band started as a trio but became a quartet with percussion in 1996, and has remained a quartet ever since.

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