Ivares Pojkarna is the name chosen for Bruce, Paul and Daniel. Before that when the trio was Edwin, Bruce and Paul, they went by a couple other names.
In the early 70s they were; "The Edwin Johnson Swedish Fiddlers" then later for their LP records "The American Swedish Spelmans Trio"
Here in 1971 The Edwin Johnson Swedish Fiddlers performed at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wasington, DC 1975 & 1976
Wolf Trap in Virginia 1976, Main Stage
In 1983 Ivares Edwin Johnson was awarded a Gold Metal from the King of Swden.
For Paul's work with Swedish folk music, he has received the National Heritage Fellowship Award, the National Council for the Traditional Arts Award, and from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Paul was given The Royal Order of the Polar Star Officer “Knight” 1st Class.
Daniel's fiddle playing has also been recognized in Sweden, he was given the Blann Olle Stipendium. The first ever awarded to an American musician.
Ivares Pojkarna perform traditional Swedish folk fiddle in the footsteps of their father and grandfather, Ivares Edvin Johnsson. Sprung from their love of fiddling and a bygone style known as "Knackning," used in tandem with harmony and melody to knock out the beat. Ivares Pojkarna perpetuate their emigrant musical heritage with a special sound and depth. This music is an act of love which might not have been if, in 1910, Ivares Edvin's grandmother did not set a bed for him in the hay, so he may listen to a midsummer's dance. In the crispness of their notes, one experiences the ache and beauty of a foregone homeland and the tradition of immigrant musicians.