Music Programme 2019
The Norwegian songsmith Bjørn Eidsvåg has a large following in Denmark, while in his homeland he is one of the best-selling recording artists.His lyrics touch on existential matters, such as faith and doubt, and he can deal with big questions in simple, accessible songs. He has often been described as the thinking person’s songwriter, his music inspired by folk, rock and the ballad traditions, with input from bossa nova, soul and jazz. Bjørn Eidsvåg was born in 1954, is an ordained minister and has worked in psychiatry. His music career began in 1971, his first recording dates from 1976, and he has since lived as songwriter, musician and story-teller. In 1993 he made a name for himself in Norway with the album Allemannsland (Everybody’s Country), and his albums Tålt (Tolerated) (2002) and Rundt Neste Sving (Round the Next Bend) (2010) sold over 200,000 copies each.
Through the years, Bjørn Eidsvåg has been on many tours, including Denmark, and he has worked with musicians such as Lisa Nilsson, Allan Olsen and Thomas Dybdahl. Eidsvåg has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Norwegian Folk Music Prize (Spellemannpris.) He has worked as a radio host and writer, and in 2016 wrote a successful play called Wanted: Jesus which ran at Det Norske Teatret (National Theatre) in Oslo. Bjørn Eidsvåg is bringing his band to Tønder Festival.