Jonas Fromseier

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Originally from Denmark, Jonas took up the banjo in his teens. Being from the small island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, he would travel to the mainland every month to go the nearest session in Copenhagen and learn tunes from the local players, both Irish and Danish. After moving away from the island, at nineteen he was asked to join Danish-Irish group Trad Lads, playing with musicians twice... more

Originally from Denmark, Jonas took up the banjo in his teens. Being from the small island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, he would travel to the mainland every month to go the nearest session in Copenhagen and learn tunes from the local players, both Irish and Danish. After moving away from the island, at nineteen he was asked to join Danish-Irish group Trad Lads, playing with musicians twice his age. He recorded his first CD that year with this group and toured Scandinavia and Northern Europe. At twenty-one Jonas moved to Ireland to play music full-time and took up residence in Galway City. He quickly blended into the local music scene and was soon playing professionally. After playing acoustic sessions for some years around Ireland, in 2007 Jonas was asked to join the third incarnation of the Irish group Arcady and gigged in Denmark and Ireland with this new lineup. In 2008 he recorded his second album with fellow Dane, accordion player Anders Trabjerg. specialising in one of his passions, Irish-American traditional music from the twenties and thirties. Having taught himself bouzouki in the style of one of his heroes, Alec Finn, in 2008 he became cofounder of Morga, seeking to recreate the sounds of the folk revival of the seventies, especially bands such as De Dannan. The resulting CD received great reviews. In recent years, Jonas has also performed with Irish music and dance show Celtic Crossroads, touring extensively in the US and playing hundreds of gigs for massive crowds. In 2010 he was asked to join David Munnelly and Mick Conneely on their duet album "'Tis what it is". Jonas has performed in Scandinavia, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, USA and Canada with numerous different line-ups, often along with the very people he was listening to and learning from in his teens. In 2011 Jonas moved back to Denmark where he continues to play good music.

Visit www.jonasfromseier.com and www.morga.ie for more info, sound and video

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