Mona Wallin is a Swedish singer, songwriter and guitar player from Ljusdal, Hälsingland.
She made her first public appearance at the age of 8. During her younger years, she played
transverse flute in a brass band and acted in the nationally organized Riksteatern’s
performance of A Fiddler on the Roof. She started to play the guitar at the age of 12.
Her path to a musician’s life has been winding, and may at first appear to have almost led her
astray. Four years of university studies in forestry seemed to lead to a life of profit margins,
production and pay checks – but in the end, the forest beckoned for other reasons, with its
serenity, its beauty, and its quiet songs. She traded the industry for jazz studies at Birka
folkhögskola. At the end of her stay, she was offered a place in the highly selective program
for individual artistic expression, and after that, she completed a three-year degree program in
world music at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg.
Mona Wallin has been a member of various bands, from the early days garage band Rainy
Day Woman and bluegrass band Bluegrass and Green skies to her current acoustic trio Ain’t
No Brothers. In recent years, however, her focus has been mainly on her solo career, and she
performs regularly as a duo act together with guitarist Erik Ivarsson, featuring her own material.
Her song writing has always been grounded in her love of the forest and the wilderness:
from Americana to traditional northern Swedish music, from one outback to the next.
© Picture by Gustavo Perillo