started sixty years ago.
music be the food of love….play on!
Ljungbacka is a small and quaint farmlet below Ryssberget in southern
Blekinge, close to Sölvesborg, to be precise Knubbasliden 45, Ebbalycke,
Stefan Sigfalk – Sandberg, spent many years of a happy childhood on
Ljungbacka which belonged to my mother’s parents Anton and Klara
Sandberg. Anton and Klara had 10 children on Ljungbacka, 8 of which grew
to reach adult age. Anton was a master on his Magdeburg accordion and my
childhood’s midsummer nights with dancing around the decorated pole to
granddad’s accordion music are a living memory to me. I became a
musician myself later, moved abroad early and have spent most of my life
playing folk music around Europe and New Zealand. When we were children,
we built stages on Ljungbacka and performed various things that we had
practised to the villagers who wanted to come. We took 25 öre gate
money and those that stood on the small hill across the road and watched
us over the fence didn’t have to pay. Those
were two simply carpented stages that were built in our childhood’s
summers over fifty years ago.
I was given the opportunity to buy Ljungbacka back from a Danish family
that had spent numerous years with softly renovating it back to its
former glory. In
the summer 2011, I spent three weeks building the third Ljungbacka stage
together with three professional stage carpenters. Beautiful like a red
traditional cottage with white corners and small paned sash windows it
represents my childhood’s dream. Under the big oak tree, Ljungbacka
was going to get its very own folk music festival!
21 Juli 2013!
Then the very first Ljungbacka music day took place. 300 guests honoured
us with their presence in Ebbalycke on this warmest day of summer.
We had spontaneous sessions under the chestnut tree by the road
and in the garden in front of the house. The house was also open for all
musicians and listeners. The big stage offered great performances, both
from booked groups and spontaneous musicians who wanted to perform on
20. July 2014!
This was the day for the second festival. On stage we had Asa Jinder,
riksspelman, Jonas Otter, Swedish champion in country, Anna Neah Deutgen,
a treasured and prominent Swedish singer, Eoli, string quartett from
Malmö conservatoire, the Skatelöv Folk-Fiddlers, the Sigfalk family
and many others. We welcomed 400 visitors on this beautiful day!
19. July 2015
The third festival with, amongst others, CajsaStina Akerström,
Elin-Louise & Gustav, Briggen Tre Bröder, Peo Hallberg and Irish
Pitch was very successful with 600 visitors! We organised a further
parking field and more toilets for 2016!
24. July 2016
The fourth festival. We didn't think that we could top the line-up of
2015 but we did....we had a great and well visited festival, again with
top musicians. The highlights ofcourse Tim Collins and Gary Shannon from
Ireland, they also led a late night session in front of the house that
will never be forgotten! Michael Magnusson, Naomi, Fia & Gunnar,
B.A.R.K., Bortanvind, Peo Hallberg and Kringel with Karin Nordberg all
performed great music! The weather was perfect for the fourth time.
23. July 2017
The fifth festival, this year with a new carpented wooden dance floor in
front of the stage. Ofcourse it was opened by a traditional dance
group with traditional costumes, Asarums danslag.
22. July 2018
The sixth festival with Dönaberga band, all Swedish champions
Nils Wiberg and the brothers Pär and Torbjörn Näsbom from Switzerland
and the far north of Sweden.
That year we introduced childrens dances on our hexagonal dance stage.
Many other musicians contributed to yet another very enjoyable festival.
Irish Pitch finished the 2018 festival with a great concert of Irish
traditional music and the newly erected musician's lounge proved to be
The weather was so warm that we had
less visitors than other years but our club ended up with a financial
we're moving up to Sunday 21. July 2019.
The seventh festival. With musicians like; Jenny Almsenius, who was
awarded the Cornelis-prize for young songwriters 2018 and most
definitely a rising star, the Näsbom brothers were so popular that they
had to promise they'd come again this coming summer, we are all looking
forward to that! Many more will be contributing to another great
festival. Ofcourse there will be dancing again on our open air dance
stage and dancing for children. Briggen Tre Bröder will finish the
programme this time. Check the programme page, it pays off!
most welcome in summer 2019 and the warmest
musical greetings from Stefan Sigfalk – Sandberg
and all of us in "Ljungbacka's Friends"
ph: 0041 79 216 70 04