Freyja

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Put together by Blowzabella’s Jo Freya (b. Jo-Anne Rachel Newmarch Fraser, 4 December 1960, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England; saxophone/clarinet), this pan-European and all-female folk group originally…
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Put together by Blowzabella’s Jo Freya (b. Jo-Anne Rachel Newmarch Fraser, 4 December 1960, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England; saxophone/clarinet), this pan-European and all-female folk group originally comprised Freya, Gabriele Meyer (b. Germany; violin/vocals), Bélen De Benito (b. Spain; guitar/vocals), Anne-Lise Foy (b. France; hurdy gurdy/vocals), Eva Vavrinecz (b. Hungary; double bass/vocals), and Nicola Marsh (b. England; percussion). The sextet’s largely instrumental 1996 debut featured traditional and original dance tunes drawn from Europe and England, and was highly accessible despite the fearsome instrumental capabilities of the players. A five-year hiatus preceded the next Freyja release, with Maria Johnson (violin) and Jo May (vibes/percussion) replacing Meyer and Marsh in the line-up.