"Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble"
Pulse of the Twin Cities
A founding member of Cordelia's Dad and Zabe i Babe, an ethnomusicologist who's done extensive research in Bosnia, and a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College, Eriksen's credentials are impeccable, though only the tip of his musical iceberg. He is also one of the best hopes for keeping the chain of Anglo-American balladry - a traditional stretching across an ocean and many centuries of oral tradition - unbroken after one century of recorded music. His latest self titled release is about as solo as it gets - just Eriksen's voice, guitar, fiddle and banjo, recorded live without overdubs. His haunting vocals can floor rock fans with the same ancient quality that allowed Sixteen Horsepower's David Eugene Edwards to send shivers through the unsuspecting world of popular music. And his deep, seemingly spiritual connection to the music's ancient roots is a sure draw for growing audiences hooked on Celtic and Nordic roots music. Throw out any notions you have about 'folk', Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble.