Lenox & Birch Music

The latest music from Jan Johansson and his talented musician friends.

An album of Swedish Bluegrass music.

Kindred CD album cover by Jan Johansson and Friends

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Song List

(select the song title for a 30-second MP3 glimpse at the music)

  1. Epiphany March - Trettondagsmarschen
    (Hjort Anders Olsson. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  2. Midsummer Song - Visa Vid Midsommartid
    (Håkan Norle'n/ Nordiska Musikförlaget)
  3. Walking Tune from Äppelbo - Äppelbo Gånglåt
    (Ärtbergs Kalle. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  4. Old Faebod Hymn - Gammal Fäbodpsalm
    (Oskar Lindberg. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  5. Walking Tune from Gränges - Gånglåt Från Gränges
    (Juhani Hemmilä/STIM)
  6. Bridal Polska - Bridal Polska or Brudmarsch
    (Erika Lindgren/STIM)
  7. Fredman's Epistle No 82
    (C.M. Bellman. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  8. Fredman's Song No 21
    (C. M. Bellman. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  9. The Eve of Life - Min Levnadsafton
    (Hjort Anders. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  10. Beneath Lilac And Mountain Ash - Under Rönn och Syrén
    (Herman Palm. Arrangement by Jan Johansson/Lenox & Birch Music)
  11. Molom Tune - Visa I Molom
    (Alf Hambe - Flamingo Musikförlag AB)
  12. Fritiof Andersson's Parade March - Fritiof Anderssons Paradmarsch
    (Evert Taube / Sweden Music)

I have been a student of Bluegrass music since the 1970s when I was a teenager in the northern coastal city of Skellefteå, Sweden. As my love for Bluegrass grew, the pursuit of the music lead me to leave my native Sweden for North Carolina in the mid 1980s. While living In America I have been exposed to the best in Bluegrass and have been blessed with friends all over the country among the bluegrass community.

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the old numbers that I grew up with, and on this album I put together twelve of my favorites. Since I have been playing mostly Bluegrass music throughout my career it was natural to approach the music with instruments typically associated with this idiom. I have for a long time believed that a variety of European folk-based music styles would naturally fit the Bluegrass format, and in the spirit of exploration I recorded these tunes to see how the Swedish music would manifest itself with Bluegrass instrumentation.

I realize that I am very fortunate to be musically bicultural, and I am indebted to the influences of greats on both continents.

Jan Johansson


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