We had to try and remember what the track we recorded with Jack in July was called earlier in the week. I had no idea, luckily Kirsty reckons it was called “Ulversdalen” or “Wolfvalley” so we went with that… it’s going to be a split with the majestic Spoono on the audioMER label from Belgium.
Dug out a reasonably condensed interview with did with BBC Manchester a little while ago which explains somethings, not all but quite a few. Transcript is below.
Who is in the band?
“Kirsty sings, plays the violin and recorders. David plays guitar, sings and jew’s harp. We are occasionally supported by Nick on percussion.”
What type of music do you play?
“We play our own readings of Scandinavian folk melodies, building new arrangements around old tunes.”
What’s the Kalbakken story?
“Well, we are siblings so we have played music together in one form or another for a long time!
“This particular group came about from improvisations and the chance idea to try playing a Norwegian song our mother, who hails from those parts, had sung us as children. It all spiralled from there really; speaking with her about other melodies, researching in libraries, books, audio.
“This was all about three years ago – at a certain point, David of Little Red Rabbit asked us to play a gig and so off we went and carried on playing from there.”
How are things going?
“We haven’t won anything, unless you count a pub quiz a few years ago, but we’re doing okay.
“We have played all over the UK, toured in Spain and Portugal, we recently played a really great festival in London called the 2:13, which went really well. Hopefully, we’re touring Spain and Portugal again next Easter.
“Then the new record comes out and we’ll be touring the UK and further reaches across mainland Europe again.”
The good folk at the Noise Upstairs improv night asked us toproduce a kindof last shout posthumous Northern Wire podcast for them to be played out at one of there forthcoming monthly sessions, below is whats on it…
Sweetleaf Black Sabbath
Barabadabada Ivor Cutler
Lovely Sky Boat Alice Coltrane
Black Jerusalem Teeth Mountain
I chose a random strange and stalked the shit out of them Kylie Minoise
Poeme Electronique Edgrad Varese
Fat Librarian Inca Eyeball
Reqiuem for Dying Mothers Stars of the Lid
Forwards and Back Music for One
Sonata for solo Violin Fuga Bela Bartok
Schizophrenia Sonic Youth
Room Temperature Suite Don Caballero
Orginal Suffer Head Fela Kuti
This what we said about the show: read and weep: apologies to anyone we forgot:
“The Northern Wire was a radio show on Manchesters ALL FM. Show was started in 2002 by David Armes who passed the baton on to Anthony Saunders and David Birchall around 2005 they ran with the show til its retirment earlier in this year; 2009. The show was characterised by a totally lack of musical policy resulting in a spontaneaty and honesty that was hard to recreate; Black Sabbath would be followed by the sound of howling wind in Siberia, Art Ensemble of Chicago would mould in unidentifable harsh CDR noise freakouts, Bartok would wrestle with mid 90s hardcore while some very real but ultimately sub Laurel and Hardyesque routine was wheeled out live in the studio. Another great feature of the show was live sessions from Vialka (France/Canada) McWatt (UK) Cerebrus Shoal (USA) Lianne Hall (UK) DBH (UK) Klaus Kinski (UK) Noise Upstairs Trio (UK) Smear Campaign (UK) Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides (France)”