Svensson & Dafgård (Sweden)

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MARCUS SVENSSON
plays acoustic guitars in the spirit of tradition, preferably slide, lap style and fingerpicking. He has played at festivals in Sweden, Norway and Germany. Made his debut on CD in 2003 with his own album "Knuckleduster Blues" which features a.o. five of Marcus' original songs.
He is also a member of the band Pilgrim which plays country and hillbilly music.
Marcus leads guitar workshops on slide and fingerpicking and uses the following guitars himself:
National Duolian 1932, National Style O 1997, Collings C10 2004 and a Weissenborn lap style guitar by Olsson-Öman 2000.

STEFAN DAFGÅRD
is first and foremost a singer, a harpist and a songwriter. He was a member of Dominators, Bluelight and Bluebirds a.o. before joining the Gothenburg based blues band The Instigators. The band frequently toured clubs and festivals around Europe and also played in the U.S. The Instigators also toured with the U.S. artist Rusty Zinn.
The band folded in April 2004 and Stefan now plays full time with Marcus Svensson.
Apart from their own songwriting, the foundation of Marcus Svensson's & Stefan Dafgård's repertoire is the early acoustic blues. Black music from the 20's and 30's, e.g. the delta blues of Son House or the deftly picked ragtime of Blind Blake. Stefan brought a lot of 50's influences with him from The Instigators which are now transformed into an acoustic format. The duo takes on everything from Johnny Horton's hillbilly songs to Chicago's harp blues and Little Willie John's heartfelt soul. Nor would oldtime, bluegrass or honkytonk songs be foreign to them as long as they swing and suit the instrumentation of vocals, guitar, harp & washboard.
With their tight interplay, obvious enjoyment of the music and a very broad repertoire Svensson & Dafgård have placed themselves to the forefront of the Swedish blues scene. Two musicians who take tradition seriously but are not afraid of reshaping it into something fresh.

MARCUS on CD

Marcus debuted on CD in 2003 with his own album "Knuckleduster Blues" which a.o. features five original songs.
[Last Buzz Record Co. BUZZ-8032].
The country band Pilgrim of which Marcus is a member is featured with two tracks on the compilation CD "Rockin' At The Barn, Vol. 4" issued in 2004
[Dusty Records DUSTCD14] STEFAN on CD
Dominators: "Rough Ride" 1996 feat. 1 song written by Stefan
[Last Buzz Record Co. BUZZ-8005]
Dominators are also featured with one track - specifically recorded for this CD - on the compilation CD "All That Blues From Sweden, Vol. 2" from 1998
[Jefferson Records SBACD 12652]
The Instigators: "Volume Two" 1999 feat. 3 songs written by Stefan
[Flex-A-Tone Records FLEX 102]
The Instigators: "Chaka Chaka" 2002 feat. 2 songs written by Stefan
[Flex-A-Tone Records RGECD01]
Stefan also appears on
Bluebirds: "Oh Baby" 1999 feat. 1 song written by Stefan. Stefan also plays harp and rhythm guitar
[Blue Vibe Music BV-01, re-issued in 2002 as Last Buzz BUZZ-8026]
CompilationCD "Horton's Briefcase" 2000
a tribute to the influential harpist Big Walter Horton
[CeePeeVee Records CPVCD401]
Bluebirds: "High Performance" 2003 feat. 1 song which Stefan has co-written with Patrik Carlson. Furthermore Stefan plays harp and maracas
[Blue Vibe Music BV-02]
Marcus Svensson: "Knuckleduster blues" 2003 feat. Stefan on harp and percussion
[Last Buzz Record Co. BUZZ-8032].

Link: Svensson & Dafgård