Wardruna is a unique musical group that creates sounds using ancient and forgotten instruments. Known for a combination of historical accuracy and compositional genius, Wardruna has received millions of listeners on its digital releases. The Norwegian group embarked on its first intercontinental tour in 2018. In the wake of the group's first major project, audiences around the world are eagerly waiting to see what Wardruna will do next.
Sounds of the Ancestors
Wardruna provides faithful historic recreations of ancient Norse music composed and performed for the modern day. The band's initial project gained significant traction with audiences as it neared completion, and Wardruna's third album, Runaljod – Ragnarok, made it to No. 1 on Billboard's World Music chart in 2016. Wardruna's composer and lead singer, Einar Selvik, also helped write the score for and even appeared in the second season of Vikings. To date, Wardruna has released four albums and toured across both Europe and North America.
Where can I buy Wardruna tickets?
Wardruna shows are ethereal recreations of sounds that died out a long time ago. Grab tickets for the next Wardruna concert at StubHub.
What kind of music does Wardruna make?
Wardruna seeks to recreate the sounds of ancient Norway just as these songs might have been played thousands of years ago. The band uses ancient instruments, natural sounds, old musical styles and lyrics written in Old Norse. This ambitious historical undertaking has been accomplished with intense research, faithful recreation and a certain amount of creative flair. The result is intense and mystical; using modern technology, Wardruna is capable of creating soundscapes than an ancient musician could only have dreamed of.
What can I expect from Wardruna concerts?
Wardruna concerts include acoustic renditions of the historical songs made in the band's studio. Sounds like tree trunks tapping and running waterfalls can't always be brought into the concert hall, but Wardruna makes up for it with intense skill and amazing stage production. Expect to hear enchanting sounds from instruments you've never seen before in your life; you'll also be treated to emotional lyrics in forgotten tongues that your ancestors might have heard.
Who are the members of Wardruna?
There are currently six members of Wardruna. Einar Selvik, who goes by the stage name Kvitrafn, composes the songs, plays each of the instruments and sings deep and haunting vocals. Lindy Hella adds soaring female vocals and plays the traditional flute. Arne Sandvoll and HC Dalgaard provide backing vocals and play percussion instruments; Dalgaard focuses on the booming drums that are necessary for Wardruna's sound. Eilif Gundersen plays various traditional horns and flutes, and John Stenersen plays an ancient type of fiddle known as the moraharpa. Founding member Gaahl amicably left the band in 2014.
How often does Wardruna tour?
Wardruna spends more time recording than it does touring, but the band still holds around a dozen or so European performances each year. Wardruna's touring speed has picked up significantly since the completion of the Runaljod project in 2016. The band toured North America for the first time in 2018; stops were made in both Canada and the United States. Wardruna tends to perform for a single night in each location, although the band has done a few back-to-back concerts.
Will Wardruna be performing in a city near me?
Wardruna will only visit the United States once in 2019; this will occur at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., on October 17. The band also plans to make stops in Germany, France, Austria and the Netherlands.
How many albums has Wardruna released?
Wardruna recently completed the Runaljod project; this trilogy series included a song for each of the 24 runes of the elder futhark. Eight runes were included on each album. Gap Var Ginnunga was released in 2009, Yggdrasil in 2013 and Ragnarok in 2016. Wardruna also released an album titled Skald in 2018. This slightly more relaxed production is a live studio recording showcasing the many talents that Wardruna has accumulated over its musical journey.Back to Top