Folkearth - Biography



Folkearth is an international music project created in 2003 by musicians playing folk and viking metal. The name (folk + earth) symbolizes musicians from all over the world playing folk music. So far, a total of six full-length albums have been released, with the most recent being Fatherland.

The band started in 2003 as an idea of Ruslanas from Lithuania, who sent the idea to his friendly bands. With Magnus Wohlfart from Nae'blis as a composer of music, Wulfstan and Athelstan from Forefather and Marios "Prince Imrahil" Koutsoukos as lyric composers the group started to form. Many other musicians were recruited and finally in spring 2004 the recording started. There was around 60 minutes of material, but some of it got lost, and the album A Nordic Poem is only 40 minutes long. Because of the bad quality of this record, the band decided to remaster and reissue their debut. 2006-09-01, shortly after the reissue of A Nordic Poem the seccond album titled By the Sword of My Father is released. Even more bands, such as Van Langen, Thiasos Dionysos, Hildr Valkyrie, Death Army, The Soil Bleeds Black have joined Folkearth in the production of this album, so the total line-up consisted of 31 musicians from 8 different countries. Folkearth's latest album Drakkars in the Mist was released 2007-05-28 with the biggest lineup so far. Currently, more than 30 musicians are working on the 4th album. However, some people believe, that in many cases the lineup for Folkearth has been extended unnecessarily, since a token performance on a single track will list someone on the booklet as a full-fledged member. The band members also don't make money out of the project, and do not promote it, probably because of the lack of funds.

Because of the musical project's complex structure, Folkearth has not performed live, and it's unlikely they will perform live in the future.