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Artist profiles: Daniel Sandén-Warg

Daniel Sandén-Warg

Daniel Sandén-Warg was born in 1977 in Østersund, Sweden. He grew up in Karlstad, where he started playing the guitar at an early age, Jimi Hendrix was his idol. Daniel was early discovered as a great talent, for example by Swedish television. Magnus Stinnerbom in the folk music group Harv was the first to make Daniel interested in folk music.

Leif Stinnerbom, the father of Magnus, introduced Daniel to the music of Torleiv H. and Hallvard T. Bjørgum, and he immediately became enthusiastic about the music from Setesdal (Norway). He first taught himself the tunes from cassette tapes, and then sent recordings of himself to Hallvard T. Bjørgum. Hallvard was so impressed that he immediately invited Daniel to Setesdal.

In 1998, Daniel moved to Setesdal. He has learned much from Hallvard T. Bjørgum, and also learned many tunes from archive recordings. In 2005, he got his craft certificate as silversmith. Today, he works as a silversmith and freelance musician.

Daniel shows a unique musicality and has a special ability to acquire various styles of folk music. More than most others, he has managed to master both the rich details, the special use of the scale and the playing technique, which is so special for much of the local folk music in Setesdal.

Daniel has also learned the Setesdal dialect so well that he speaks like a native.

At the national level, he has now become a class A (top) player in the Hardanger fiddle class. He has received first prize in the B category several times at competitions in Agder and Telemark.

There is hardly anybody else who is not originally from Setesdal who has managed to acquire the local folk music tradition so genuinely and convincingly as Daniel Sandén-Warg.


Rammeslag, ordinary fiddle and jew’s harp from Setesdal (Etnisk Musikklubb EM29, 2007)
Warg Buen, with with Per Anders Buen Garnås (ta:lik, 2008)
Rammeslag II (Etnisk Musikklubb EM49, 2009)


Artist Profiles: Harv


Two of Sweden’s newest and exciting young fiddlers came together to form Harv. With the long-standing folk fiddle duet tradition as their starting point, Magnus Stinnerbom and Daniel Sandén-Warg brought energy attitude and new ideas to the mix.

Magnus and Daniel come from Karlstad, a town in the western Swedish region of Värmland. They met while attending a high school for musicians and have been playing together for years. Their first performance together was in the theater where they scored new music for a rendition of Hamlet in 1996.

Their name Harv means “harrow,” a farm instrument used to level land. In Swedish “harv” also has the connotation of a really intense experience which is the definition that aptly describes Harv’s approach.

Magnus, whose father is a fiddle player (and an early member of iconic contemporary folk band Groupa) is well known in the Nordic roots scene. As a member of the supergroup Hedningarna and a performer with Sanna Kurki-Suonio he is immersed in the tradition but can also play in a modern context.

Daniel quickly became renowned in both Sweden and Norway for his research as well as his accomplished playing of Hardanger fiddle. On their NorthSide release Must such prominent musicians as Roger Tallroth of Vasen and Björn Tollin of Hedningarna join them on selected tunes.


Harv included Magnus Stinnerbom on viola d’amore (5 playing strings/5 resonating strings – made by Anders Norudde of Hedningarna), viola and willow flute; Daniel Sandén-Warg – viola d’amore (4 playing strings/4 resonating strings), jews harp, moraharpa (the oldest preserved form of the nyckelharpa).


Must (NorthSide Records, 1999)

Tost (NorthSide Records, 2002)

Polka Raggioso (NorthSide Records, 2005)