Information in English about Folk Galore
Dear music lovers
Is it advisable these days to launch a new magazine focussing on folk music? This is a question I have asked myself often since the idea for Folk Galore came into my mind. Originally intended as a one-off publication to celebrate the anniversaries of record labels Nordic Notes (15 years) and CPL-Music (10 years) in 2020, Covid-19 and all that it entailed caused plans and objectives to expand.
After putting heads together with my collaborators and collecting more material than would fit into one issue, we came to the conclusion that exactly now is the time to promote cultural expressions and creative output.
Most of the existing folk or world music magazines usually feature music from “Celtic” countries like Ireland or Scotland, from Africa or South America, or they deal with singer/songwriters from the States or the UK or in Germany with German songwriters. I often get the impression that music from the countries that I publish through my record labels are considered rarely, if ever. At the same time, I’m not only interested in the music, but also in the rich culture these countries provide. To put all this into one magazine turned out to be more difficult than I had thought in the beginning. But then it is a totally different job to being a label manager where you have to proceed in other ways.
That’s why in the first issues of Folk Galore you will mainly find artists from CPL-Music and Nordic Notes. We will give the magazine the time it needs to grow. No room for perfectionism here.
Our main geographical focus is on Europe, espacially Northern Europe, the Baltic states, Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Asia. Our favoured genres are folk and world music. Genres we do not cover or hardly ever are jazz, singer-songwriter or fusion styles such as world jazz.