Artist Profiles: Rusk

Vocalist Unni Løvlid – Photo by Geir Dokken

Rusk was a Norwegian folk music trio from the Solør and Finnskogen area in Norway, near the Swedish border. The band featured vocalist Unni Løvlid, fiddle player Vegar Vardal, and accordionist Frode Haltli, raised in Våler i Solør, in the heart of this forested region.

Their first CD Rusk contains traditional dance music, traditional songs and psalms from the mysterious woods of Finnskogen with new arrangements.

On Rusk II, the trio recorded Norwegian ballads that frequently recount tragic tales, Swedish ballads, self-composed material, and even a version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” that was popularized by the legendary Johnny Cash.


* Rusk (2002)
* Rusk II (Grappa/Heilo, 2006)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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