FatDog

Live Act Jazz Folk Worldmusic
FatDog - Jazz Folk Worldmusic Live Act in Oslo

FatDog Short Info

FatDog are the musical torchbearers of a new found land – a mythical island in the North Sea, where musicians from Scandinavia and Britain meet to play and swap stories.

FatDog was born one night on the Swedish Koster Islands in the summer of 2011. Jazz trio Fattigfolket and folk trio Doggerland were playing at the same festival and decided to end the evening by performing together. The result was surprising, exciting – and oddly beautiful.
With members from Sweden, Norway and England, and based on both sides of the Swedish-Norwegian border, FatDog cross boundaries every time they meet, both literally and musically. Three are established folk musicians anchored in the musical traditions of Scandinavia and Britain. Three are accomplished jazz musicians with an ear both for the local and the cosmopolitan, the traditional and the experimental.

FatDog’s instrument line-up usually raises a few eyebrows: concertina, trumpet, cittern, clarinet, hurdy- gurdy, saxophone and double bass. Having no percussionist, the rhythm section is provided by the buzz of the hurdy-gurdy, the chug of the concertina and, on occasion, the thrash of a cittern. The resulting rhythmic drive is unobtrusive but irresistible. Not least, Anders’s hurdy-gurdy, combining drones, melody and rhythmic ‘trompette’, is a powerhouse at the centre of the band. Patrik’s bubbling clarinet, Hallvard’s sonorous sax and Gunnar’s inventive trumpet each provide both improvisation and chords, playing off the melody and each other in constant movement. Underlying it all is Putte’s double bass, solid and playful at the same time.
FatDog’s repertoire always has at least one foot in folk music, either taking a traditional song or tune as their point of departure or composing new ones in the folk idiom. The rhythms of Scandinavian dance are well represented here, while influences from Macedonia to Morris dance turn up without seeming out of place.

About half of the material on New Found Land consists of songs featuring Richard’s rich baritone. Whether singing in Norwegian, French or his native English, his style, honed over 40 years of singing traditional material, is honest and direct. Two of the tracks featured are six-voice a cappella songs - providing a change of musical scenery and giving the lie to the common conception that jazz musicians can’t sing!

Reviews:

"The songs are traditional Scandinavian, in an instrumental world that combines hurdy-gurdy and cittern and dancing clarinets”
The Financial Times, UK

"There are Scandinavian dance elements and other Western European musical styles that propel the music into a very intriguing and addictive whirlwind of aural color."
Inside World Music, USA

“They play with the sound of surprise, blurring the lines between folk, jazz and classical music.”

Daily Planet - ABC Radio National, Australia

“Check out this unusual combination of musical traditions, discover new lands before us.”

Etnosystem, Poland

FatDog are the musical torchbearers of a new found land – a mythical island in the North Sea, where musicians from Scandinavia and Britain meet to play and swap stories.

FatDog was born one night on the Swedish Koster Islands in the summer of 2011. Jazz trio Fattigfolket and folk trio Doggerland were playing at the same festival and decided to end the evening by performing together. The result was surprising, exciting – and oddly beautiful.
With members from Sweden, Norway and England, and based on both sides of the Swedish-Norwegian border, FatDog cross boundaries every time they meet, both literally and musically. Three are established ...

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Discography FatDog

  • 2013 New Found Land Album | Riverboat

Media

  • Sound FatDog: Jonas Slängpolska
  • Video FatDog@The Grebbestad Festival
  • Video FatDog "Ring The Changes" ...
  • Sound Gubbvalsen
  • Sound Polonäs fr. Sexdrega: Sanda...

Origin

  • Oslo NO

Founded

  • 2011

Members

  • Richard Burgess Voice, Cittern, Concertina
  • Patrik Windgård Clarinet, Flute, Voice
  • Anders Ådin Hurdy-Gudry, Voice
  • Gunnar Halle Trumpet, Voice
  • Hallvard Godal Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Voice
  • Putte Johander Bass, Voice