Music Programme 2018
One of the absolute top names on the political music scene in the 70s is now coming to Tønder Festival. Swedish Mikael Wiehe (born in 1946) is still firing on all cylinders both as a musician and songwriter, and his commitment has in no way diminished with time. Along with Björn Afzelius, he was a founder member of Hoola Bandoola Band, one of the most popular Swedish bands of the 70s. They delivered progressive, political rock music and had a huge following, also in Denmark. Today, songs like Juanita and Victor Jara are classics of the political music of the time. After Hoola Bandoola Band, Afzelius and Wiehe each continued with successful solo careers and also performed as a duo for a time in the 80s. Mikael Wiehe recorded and toured with Kabaréorkestern, releasing in 1978 the memorable album Sjømansvisor (Sailors’ Songs), including the powerful song Titanic. In the 80s, Mikael Wiehe & Co. was his primary vehicle. Wiehe’s songwriting stretches from hard-hitting political songs to personal love songs. Dylan has always been one of Wiehe’ main sources of inspiration, and he has published a series of Dylan translations. You have a treat in store: one of Swedish music’s major figures, Mikael Wiehe is the creator of many musical milestones.