Sigrid Moldestad

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Sigrid Moldestad
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Moldestad at the opening of the exhibition 'Female Voices from Sogn og Fjordane'
Kaupanger, Sogndal 3 May 2013.
Photo by Sigrun Espe
Background information
Birth name Sigrid Terese Moldestad
Born (1972-07-19) 19 July 1972 (age 44)
Breim, Gloppen
Origin Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Genres Folk, traditional music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, fiddle
Years active 1998–present
Labels Heilo
Associated acts Spindel, Fjøgl, Gamalnymalt, Christine Guldbrandsen

Sigrid Terese Moldestad (born in Breim, Gloppen, Norway on 19 July 1972) is a Norwegian folk singer, musician and instrumentalist who plays the fiddle. She performs solo or with Sigrid Moldestad and Band.[1] She was also part of the duo Spindel and the trio Gamalnymalt.[2]


She is a graduate of the Firda High School and Ole Bull-akademiet. She worked at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in the late 1990s in its regional Sogn og Fjordane offices and for NRK P3 from 1993–1999. She became a full-time freelance musician in 2000, and received a government scholarship grant in 2001–2002.

Together with Unni Løvlid and Liv Merete Kroken, she started the stage and cabaret trio Fjøgl. They set up three performances in 2001–2004, among them they were of one of the draws at The international folklore festival in Forde 2001.[3]

She became part of the duo Spindel alongside Liv Merete Kroken and accompanying band made up of Ivar Kolve, Olav Tveitane and Dagfinn Andersen. Both Moldestad and Kroken accompanied Christine Guldbrandsen as back up fiddler musicians[4] in 2006 Norwegian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest with the folk song "Alvedansen".[5] Norway came 14th overall. Spindel have released two albums, the self-titled Spindel in 2001 and Aminje in 2005.

Moldestad was also part of Gamaltnymalt alongside Håkon Høgemo and Einar Mjølsnes. The three won the "Spellemannprisen 2005" (equivalent of the Norwegian Grammies) for their self-titled album Gamaltnymalt, and was soloist in performances with the Breimskoret (the Breim choir) and has taken the role of Édith Piaf on stage.

She released her debut solo album Taus in 2008. It was produced by Morgen Skage and by Sigrid Moldestad herself and included musicians Jørgen Sandvik, Anders Hall, Sigbjørn Apeland and Anders Bitustøy. Taus, meaning silence is about was about restoring the memory of forgotten, marginalised female fiddlers. She followed that up with Sandkorn mostly of her own compositions plus a cover of covers, arranged with elements of folk and rock music.


  • In 2005, she was co-winner with Håkon Høgemo and Einar Mjølsnes of Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian Grammy Award) in the Folk category for their debut album Gamaltnymalt.
  • In 2007, she won Spellemannprisen again in the Folk category for the song "Taus" (has a double meaning, since the word could mean both an unmarried woman and silence).
  • In 2008, the Gloppen municipality gave her its cultural prize.
  • In 2010, she was awarded Folkelarmprisen, the Norwegian Folk Music Award, for "best folk singer of the year".[6]
  • The same year, she won the Fylkeskulturprisen award.[7]
  • In 2012, the Vossajazzprisen
  • In 2014, the Gammleng-prisen in the category Traditional folk music.



as Spindel
  • 2001: Spindel (Heilo)
  • 2005: Aminje (Heilo)
as Gamalnymalt
  • 2005: Gamalnymalt
Year Title Peak
2008 Taus
2010 Sandkorn
2012 Himlen har sove bort mørkret 26
2015 Så Ta Mitt hjerte - Dei Beste Sangene (Then Take My Heart - The Best Songs) -

Also appears on[edit]

  • Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia (3CD, Nascente 2011)


  1. ^ "Sigrid Moldestad & Band" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Sigrid Moldestad & Band" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Nakne damer med harding" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 7 May 2001. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Spindel Biography" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Eurovision Norway 2006". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  6. ^ NRK: Ukas P2-artist Sigrid Moldestad (in Norwegian)
  7. ^ " Fylkeskulturprisen til Sigrid Terese Moldestad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Sigrid Moldestad Discography". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mari Kvien Brunvoll
Recipient of the Vossajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Tore Brunborg
Preceded by
Odd Nordstoga
Recipient of the Traditional folk music Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Gjermund Larsen