Just a short while ago Archeophone Records released an amazing 2xCD set documenting the history of Chicago-based Wallin's Svenska Records and the early musical contributions of Swedish immigrants in the US: Swede Home Chicago, the Wallin's Svenska Records Story, 1923-27. I played a small role in the project by digitizing about half of the 28 known 78 rpm discs as well as digging out some of the rare discs and sleeves from the Mills Music Library and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.
Friday, November 5, 2021
Swede Home Chicago, The Wallin's Svenska Records Story, 1923-27 Event on Sunday 11/7
Jim Leary wrote and annotated the beautiful 76-page booklet and Marcus Cederström did some stellar transcription and translation work along with adding additional notes. Rich Martin did the audio restoration and remastering while Rich and Meagan Hennessey did some breathtaking design and photo restoration It's an awesome project and this Sunday at noon (cst), Jim and Marcus will be talking about the label, the project, and sharing some of the rare tunes and images. The online event is free and you can register here: bit.ly/swedehome. Participants will receive the Zoom link ahead of the event.
I'm really looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there!