Photo: Milja Rossi
Folk Singwriter Björn Gardner was born in White Chapel, London 1979, raised in Gothenburg and Stockholm. Björn was a street musician from his teens and went on to play in numerous unsigned bands producing and selling hoards of cd-r and tape demos.
He studied traditional singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
In 2018 he released an album with project Lucifers Lovsång, relating and owing to the canon of Scandinavian 60s and 70s prog and alt rock. It was actually recorded in 2013 and the band had since disbanded.
The debut solo album of 2020 Björn Gardner Sings Ballads and Lullabies was in equal parts songwriting and traditional music.
The follow-up album released in 2022: Tre Sultna Mågar – is in many ways a Nordic folk sibling of his previous release, though the focus is entirely traditional songs. The albums themes were influenced by the pandemic; the single Dårefjäll is a bleak elegy over the Swedish pandemic response.
He has an intuitively articulated approach to the transatlantic treasury of folk songs, both English language ballads and Nordic vocal traditional music, relating to folk and folk rock as a larger dynamic idiom.