yesternight i performed at the student week festival in volda. in the church of volda. it was a bit magical and a bit scary. i could feel the all seeing eye watching my every move and the all hearing ear hearing my every word. it was a more quiet show than normal. beautiful and enormous acoustics. my ladies karen r olsen and caroline hitland sang backing vocals and my buddies stig ulv on guitar and morten bollis bollerud on accordion joined in.
today i was asked to cover another artist from the festival line-up for their tv-show. at first i said no, but realized that i already almost knew maria mena’s ‘all this time’. i had no time to rehearse (a few minutes on a ferry). printed the lyrics and did my best. enjoy the result.
13.00 a quiet opening. i had actually just woken up. a few people were there. i played more songs i haven’t played in ages.
15.00 after my 1 o clock show i ran to hotel opera to meet with my chinese people from pocket records / sounds great. i brought them with me to the 3 o clock show. more people came by. i got some mad requests from the audience, like ‘back on my feet’ and ‘papers and pens’. i haven’t played those songs since 2007. but i still knew them.
17.00 my good tuba-friend kristoffer lo was back. and my good friend and felllow singer / songwriter, robert post, also joined us on guitar and vocals. crowded stage. good times.
19.00 the very last show. tuba-kristoffer had to run. robert post stayed. this was the only show i did playing ‘go4six’ and the crowd went, as always; nuts! it was a nice ending.
thank you to the few of you who found time, or who could find big dipper at all during these two days. i love you.
i’m doing 8 shows during by:larm at the record shop big dipper. 1, 3, 5 and 7 PM. thursday and friday. 4 down, 4 to go. here’s a report from yesterday’s egil olsen fest.
13.00 almost finished decorating the stage. i had only slept 2 hours the night before and someone had just broken into my car and ruined the starter. motherfuckers. it didn’t seem like the right day to do 4 shows. a few people actually showed up and i did a 25 min show. no setlist, no plan. did mainly requests from the audience and the big dipper people.
15.00 nobody. well, a co-worker from the big dipper shop in trondheim was there. i started my show as planned. after a couple of songs, one woman came running. she had missed the tram. i did the show for her. exclusive. mainly sad songs. i asked her if she wanted something fun and played boombastic for her. it didn’t seem like she had heard the original.
17.00 now i realized how tired i was and my eyes were hurting from the combination of this and from adjusting to my brand new glasses. quite a few people showed up. i was prepared for another awkward no-setlist-show. all of a sudden i saw my very good friend and uncle’s institution bass player dr. svi in the crowd. in oslo! after the show i knew i needed a break and coffee. and dessert. had a good talk with dr. svi.
19.00 oh yes. tuba! kristoffer lo from the band pelbo joined me on stage. he also plays on my latest album ‘keep movin - keep dreamin’. even more people showed up. the coffee kicked in just in time. played mainly songs i don’t normally play and it was a lot of fun. finally did a version of ‘in the middle of norway’ that i liked. tuba did the trick! we also played ‘rapper’s delight’. more tuba today. 1, 3, 5 and 7 o clock.
after 1 month - 15 shows, marit larsen’s norway tour is over. it’s been great to be in the company of such a wonderful group of musicians, crew members and a true, hard working and amazing artist like my now even better friend marit larsen. she’s like a super hero or a fairytale creature!
i’m very thankful to have gotten the chance to play my songs to thousands of new people. i hope your claps, traps and cries of pleasures meant that i will see some of you again when i revisit your city in a not so distant future.
an extra little show at veka (student week) in porsgrunn was added. after a long night at rockefeller i woke up in porsgrunn. the first thing i saw when i got off the bus was a couple of junkies. one of them kept blowing his nose at the other, who tried to get away. it was too bright outside. i was a bit hung over and tired. my head and eyes hurt from adjusting to my glasses. i walked around in porsgrunn for a while.
the students and arrangers of the tonights show were super fantastic. lots of good food and love backstage.
tonights crowd was noisy. but they went crazy, sang a long and not only clapped their hands, but stomped their feet as well. one guy right in front of me, while i was pouring my heart and soul, had his back towards me and shouted to his friends while pointing over his shoulder; “this guy is great!” and kept talking to his friends.
rockefeller - sold out! i’ve seen many great shows at rockefeller. it felt both good and a bit scary to be back “home” in oslo. many friends and colleagues among the 1200 members of the audience. the show was super duper. wish i could play for audiences like this every night. italy fans on the front row had even made yeah yeah yeah signs for my song ‘go 4 six’! we also got gifts and a letter. to egon olsen (?) and marit larsen. c’mon. how hard can it be. egon olsen, egil drillo, bare egil and me; egil olsen :)
super marit delivered! she and her band was on fire. it felt good to see her beautiful show on such a big stage in front of such a packed crowd. the lights and videos on stage looked like a gazillion. this was originally supposed to be the end of the tour, so there was an after party. a long, hard but amazing day and night.
lately i have learned that there is more to oslo and the oslo area than grünerløkka. like sandvika? a short drive from downtown oslo. the venue, musikkflekken, is probably the smallest venue on the tour. it was intimate. we laughed, clapped, sang along and believe it or not, i almost almost stage dove.
marit larsen rocked so hard that the sound rig exploded. an awfully loud and crazy digital sound came out of nowhere (fancy new technology). while the sound engineers figured out the problem, marit (the champ) larsen grabbed her guitar accompanied by other acoustic strings and hand claps and continued the show with no sound. for 300 people! it was magic. when the sound was up and running again they finished the set to an ecstatic audience.
marit larsen - coming home! lørenskog is her home town - it almost felt like home for me too. a brand new beautiful venue. seated crowd. wonderful sound. wonderful crowd. i really love playing theaters like this. some italian fans came as well. all the way from italy!!! they will also be there tonight. and tomorrow :) they have seen multiple marit larsen shows. so have i by now. i get it. she’s hot and fantastic and hey! the music is quite good as well.
warning: tonight ML and myself are set to tear sandvika to shreds.
slottsfjellfestivalen arranged the show at total in tønsberg. good people. nice venue. they have shuffle boards. i went to tønsberg theatre and saw mission impossible IV. we had super indian food. paneer tikka masala with nan bread and raita. singer / songraita.
lots of people at the show. saturday night. party time. meaning kind of a noisy audience, which i normally think is ridiculous, but they were equally more excited and loud on sing-alongs, cheers, applause and laughter -all in all we had a good night.
as long as i get my daily hug and high five from guitar tech / tour manager jim (photo) -everything is hunky dory.