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New shows announced

Neste år skal jeg reise mindre, skrive ny musikk og ta litt bedre vare på meg selv, men gjør også en bitteliten håndfull med utvalgte konserter. To av dem er STEINKJERFESTIVALEN den 23. juni, hvor jeg stiller i Steinkjer kirke med verdens beste strykekvartett fra Trondheimsolistene, og den 21. juli på BUKTA med toppet lag og selveste Elle Márjá Eira som gjest. Har litt trua på 2018, tross alt.

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“Forbudte sanger” – my debut book

I went to sleep as a musician, and woke up as author. Today we are releasing my debut book, “Forbudte sanger” (forbidden songs), on Aschehoug forlag. The book describes how the Unsongs project came about, and contains interviews with people such as Eduardo Carrasco (Chile), Mario Quintero (Mexico), Viet Khang (Vietnam), Tom Robinson (UK) and Mari Boine (Sápmi). We have started working on an international translation too. More news to come, I promise. Buy the book in Norwegian here: www.norli.no

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Vær hilset, fru Bjerkås!

ET 50 ÅR GAMMELT MYSTERIUM har blitt oppklart, og det på selveste kvinnedagen! Da Norges første kvinnelige prest, Ingrid Bjerkås (1901-1980), ble tilsatt i 1961 i Berg og Torsken på Senja, ble det snakket høyt om «kirkens undergang og oppløsning». For mange var det helt uhørt at en kvinne skulle kunne stå på prekestolen og forkynne Herrens ord. Men lokalsamfunnet ønsket henne velkommen. Samme dag som hun tiltrådte stod en hilsen på trykk i Avisa Nordlys, der undertegnende har lånt dikterkappen fra Petter Dass. Under de mystiske initialene P.D. kom følgende hilsningsdikt på trykk: «En ærbødig Hilsen og Salutas til…

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Rockin’ in the free world

It has been a long time since anything amazed me like visiting the United States last week. Everything was just as big as they said – the skyscrapers, the boulevards, the coal plants and the parking lots. Even I became a little bigger, turning 30 (!) while I was performing at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. The festival itself was larger and more intense than anything I have ever been part of before. An entire hotel complex with thousands of people flowing between concerts and jams, discussions and debates, pop-up showcases and ad-hoc songwriting sessions. Three entire floors had been…

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No news is good news

…because that means that I am working on something rather than spending my time on Facebook. These days I have barred myself in my apartment, doing something I have never tried before: I am writing a book. At first I thought it would be easy, then I started trying and realised it would be hard. Then I got a little further, and decided that easy or hard doesn’t matter. It feels important, and that’s the most important thing. The book is the next (and final?) stage of the Unsongs project. In the last few years, there have been countless situations that…

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Playing Tallinn Music Week

In March, Katrine and I are heading for Tallinn Music Week, for our first ever concert in Estonia. Come see us at Kino Sõprus on Friday the 31st of March at 22:00 to 22:40. Tere Eesti!  

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Timings at Folk Alliance International

Here you’ll find all timings for our appearances at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City in February. More might come. In fact, I think more will come, and this is the page where I’ll let you know about it. Tuesday 14th 19:00 (evening) Stockyard Sounds full concert at Stockyard Breweries (event info) Wednesday 15th 23:00 (evening) United Nations showcase at room #556 Friday 17th 14:30 (afternoon) Folk Alliance Australia & #StateOfUs showcase at room #738 20:30 (evening) Official FAI showcase at Brookside Saturday 18th 14:30 (afternoon) “Censorship *%@#!” (panel debate about music censorship) at Pershing North 02:15 (night) Folk Alliance Australia & #StateOfUs showcase at room #738…

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Unsongs nominated for Spellemann

Unsongs has been nominated for Spellemann, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards. It has been nominated in the category for “best folk album of the year” for 2016 – the second album in history with English lyrics to ever be nominated in this category! As an aside, the first Spellemann was awarded in 1973 to Birgitte Grimstad.  

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New concert: The Opera House

I’m ready for 2017 now! On the 5th of March next year, I’ll be bringing Unsongs to the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, together with the amazing string ensemble Trondheimsolistene, who were nominated for nothing less than three Grammys yesterday. That’s all. Just a small note this time. A big one. Tickets go on sale the 7th December.  

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