Patrik Månsson
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  • Sweden
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Town
Rostanga
Your County or State
Skane
What Instrument ( inc Voice ) Do You Play ?
Banjo, mandolin, guitar
What level are you at ?
Intermediate Level 2 (5 years+)
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I had played rock/pop/jazz etc on electric guitar/bass for 30 years when I in 2007 attendend a Swedish traditional session. It was my first close encounter with that kind of music. I joined in on rhythm guitar - playing chords mostly - and the singing and it was great fun. I liked the melodies so I picked my crappy Fender mandolin from the wall where it had hung for years without anyone playing. I learned the most common tunes, met with experieced musicians at from time to time and had a rather steep learning since I'm decently good at learning tunes by ear and also had played guitar for so many years.

In Sweden, trad music is not at all as integrated in the community as in e.g. Ireland. It's more like a community of its own with festivals that to a large extent have the same visitors year after year and kitchen sessions. I made a lot of new friends of which many played both Irish and Swedish tunes so I also started to play ITM in 2009. I enjoyed the pace and the technical challenge that goes with it as well as the melodies. The multitude of tunes, which at a quick listen may sound very much alike and the fact that a tune sometimes have many names is also fascinating/confusing. I still mix part A from one song with part B from another.

By luck I acquired a nice Ozark tenor banjo in 2010 for a price compatible with my wallet. I could start using it immediately since I already knew a few tunes, perhaps 20-30. I attended a few sessions and recorded them on a Korg H2 - I could only play one tune at the first session, four at the second and I think 10-12 at the third, which was a very encouraging development and I was very motivated.

By circumstances, I helped out with founding IMSOS = Irish Music Society of Skåne - in early 2010. Skåne is the southern-most region of Sweden with cities as Malmö, Höör, Lund and Helsingborg. There is a bridge connecting Malmö and Copenhagen, capitol of Denmark. We arranged a rather successful Irish Festival in Höör and I was sound engineer. I'm also webmaster of www.imsos.se. In May this year we arranged the second Irish Music Festival and it was even more successful than the first one. We filled the house! Could be mention that it was a rather small house - 155 paying visitors and 35 ITM musicians, some even from Stockholm and Gothenburg. Nevertheless, we have some money now and look forward to book some established and interesting ITM muscicians for the 2012 festival.

I'm still a beginner compared to the musicians I play with and it's great fun, inspirational and a privilege to play with them. I also think that tradconnect.com is a great initiative enabling folks with interest in ITM so digitally get together, so to speak. Who knows, maybe we sometime will have on-line sessions using ventrilo.com or similar technology!

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At 21:38 on August 7, 2011, Mats Lindgren said…
Green House, thanks for your comment, I was a "stuntman" for some years when the group needed help!!!! By the way "Green House" is name they have from me :=)
At 12:23 on August 1, 2011, Tradconnect Reviews said…

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At 11:08 on August 1, 2011, Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott said…
Welcome mate! Glad you found your way here! : )
 
 
 

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