west of eden is a swedish band that for over a decade has thrilled audiences with their unique sound. the highest of songwriting standards combined with the extraordinary voice of singer jenny schaub and a deep love for the traditional celtic folk music has earned them a solid reputation amongst critics around the globe. with eight highly praised albums under their belt, the band has now got used to being called “simply phenomenal” (rock ‘n’ reel). “masters of their genre” (unt) and “the best of contemporary folk” (irish music magazine)! over the years west of eden has toured ireland, benelux and scandinavia, played at the celtic connections festival in glasgow, scotland, performed a multi-media concert together with members of the swedish national orchestra and for several years hosted their annual celtic christmas-concerts where they have collaborated with musicians from the chieftains, wolfstone, alan kelly gang, anúna and more. in 2014 west of eden released their eight album “songs from twisting river”; a more acoustic and intimate set of songs compared to their earlier albums. the album features such prominent guests as kate rusby, ron block (union station) and michael mcgoldrick (mark knopfler’s band) and was produced by damien o’kane in pure studies, yorkshire. going to a west of eden concert, you are sure to be amazed at how the band with ease throw them selves between intimate acoustic storytelling, traditional tunes and catchy uplifting folkrock. a truly fantastic live band! swedish by birth they may be, but in heart and soul they are definitely celtic!
songwriter and founder of the band. jenny writes most of the song lyrics for west of eden and has also written songs for other swedish artists. she has studied celtic traditional music in limerick, ireland and has been praised by critics all over the world for her lovely voice. she has a master of fine arts from the university in gothenburg.
songwriter and founder of the band. martin schaub is well known musician and orchestral arranger in sweden, and has collaborated with international artists such as; nina persson (the cardigans) benny andersson (abba) and american grammy nominees the soundtrack of our lives he has a master of fine arts from the university in gothenburg.
lars has his roots in the traditional swedish music, but is classically trained. he has been west of eden’s fiddle player for the last eight years,but is also frequently in demand for chamber concerts, string quartets etc. he has a master of fine arts from the university in gothenburg.
ola has been in the band from the start, and his playing has always been and important part of west of eden’s sound. ola is the composer of west of eden’s christmas hit “and then snow fell” he has a master of fine arts from the university in gothenburg.
martin has been in the band for four years. he is an experienced, and sought after bass player, who besides the celtic music also has his heart in jazz and world music. recently he has played together with famous oud player ahmad al khatib. he has a master of fine arts from the university in sweden and has also studied in reykjavik, iceland