Multe is a four piece Nordic folk band that has been together since 2007. It grew out of a weekly jam session once known as “Nordic Jam” that was started in 2003, in Northfield MN.
As time went on, some of the regulars to this session decided that they wanted to take things to the next level and form a band. By now, they were starting to identify many groups, artists and traditional tunes they liked and wanted to cover themselves.
Many, many hours went into careful listening and review to learn how tunes that were chosen were put together to produce their magic - and while the magic part can’t be deconstructed, the music revealed a lot of its secrets that Multe has woven into its own arrangements.
Multe plays traditional acoustic music from the Nordic countries and their immigrant communities in North America. It’s music with an incredible energy and drive that is different from other Northern European styles of traditional music. Much of the music we play is dance music: waltz, polka, schottis / reinlender, tango, hambo, snoa, pols, polska and more - but there is also the quiet side, best for just listening.
Multe takes its name from the Scandinavian root word for cloudberry, the rare slow-growing sub-arctic bramble fruit found throughout the Nordic countries. A wild plant, it needs sunny exposure and grows in acidic ground where other crops are not possible. The taste is both tart and sweet—like life itself. That’s Multe!
Just back from performing at the best and biggest annual Nordic music and arts festival in Minnesota!