Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
So you thought I had disappeared under the radar? Well yes, a little bit. After the big Christmas show I have escaped to Spain to wait out the pandemic and get a dose of sun instead of the snow in Northern Europe. I have also been working on my other project Hansan, and a few new songs for us.
But it’s time to come out of hiding, and what better way than with a Festival. I was humbled to be asked to play the South Florida Folk Festival, organized by Broward Folk Club. The line up is absolutely stellar with performers from Canada, USA and – moi from Europe.
It is a free show but the Festival accepts donations if you feel so inclined.
Since its inception in 1990, the Festival has been a combination of a music fest, family reunion, community gathering, and weekend musical retreat. This year, for the first time, the BFC is presenting the annual festival virtually, as we invite music lovers of all ages to watch on YouTube or Facebook from the safety of their home or social bubble. The 2021 festival lineup features music for everyone, blending the best singer-songwriters and performers from North America and Europe, along with home-town Florida favorites, for a weekend of folk and acoustic music.
The event is currently on Facebook… where there will be further information posted in the near future… including links to attend the Festival and information on how to donate. Make sure to like the Broward Folk Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrowardFolkClub/
U.S correspondent, music and sports writer Per Bjurman of Swedish Newspaper Aftonbladet has released his best of the year list. The list that covers everything from Albums to TV-shows lists artists such as Taylor Swift and Lori McKenna. Under the category “other” Bjurman is listing my online Quarantine Concerts, as the only online concert series of the list.
Since March I have been streaming live as over 100 booked concerts have been canceled this year. I have streamed for Ines Festival, venues, and the Swedish Embassy in the U.S, and my latest Christmas Concert was co-hosted by over 20 venues and house concert hosts in the U.S and Europe. A big shout-out to all of you who have been tuning in and donating this year. Check out the latest stream here:
As you might know I release a new original Christmas single each year. My Christmas songs are generally on the darker side, so 2020 did not pose any obstacles for achieving that this year.
I think many artists including myself in the beginning of this pandemic thought that we’d finally have lots of time to create, something that can easily be pushed aside by a busy tour schedule a regular year. I also think that more artists than just me, then sat down with a deep sigh and no inspiration and no creative urge to do anything. Because touring, playing live and meeting people is what feeds inspiration, and we haven’t been able to do any of those things this year.
So that is the grounds to this Christmas single, as well as reflection of the craziness of this whole year with people calling the pandemic a hoax, and the general fail of most of the world do handle it in a good way. All the while we have lots of other problems on this planet as well. So I guess you could call it a doomsday Christmas song, because why not, it’s 2020.
What I did have time to do this year was to put extra work into the production. When I initially started my tradition of Christmas songs, it was also a way for me to experiment and just have fun with the sound, and it didn’t have to follow the sound of my albums. But as years passed, my Christmas songs became just another part of my repertoire and lost their experimental flare. So this year I am bringing it back full whack with a big dream-folk production. I use 5 different guitars and a banjo on this track. I have brought in bass from Sweden (by Janne Manninen) and drums all the way from New Orleans (by Marc Pagani).
As a bonus I have added a stripped down one guitar and vocals version, which is also part of a digital EP called “Notes For Christmas” with acoustic versions of my 2 latest Christmas singles as well as a traditional Swedish Christmas song performed in Swedish and German.
The single is a free download (or pay what you want if you are feeling generous), and the 4 track EP is $5 or pay what you want. I hope you will enjoy them both!
I’ve been waiting and hoping for things to get better in the world. Instead it seems to only get worse. The virus is spreading faster and faster and it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce my U.S Fall tour canceled. I am trying my best to reschedule the concerts for 2021 and hope that I will see you then, healthy and hungry for live music.
In the meantime I have released a new unplugged version of my latest album Paws of a Bear. A huge thank you to everyone who have helped me out by ordering a CD or buying it digitally here: http://music.sofiatalvik.com
It is not easy being an artist these days, but I know that so many of you have also lost your income so I am not going to complain. We are in this together. I am so grateful that you are all listening, and that I have gotten some nice airplay and great reviews for Paws of a Bear Unplugged.
Here’s an unplugged video that I just recorded for you guys: