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Allan Olsen (DK)

Allan Olsen keeps pushing himself as a songwriter, singer, musician and storyteller. He is in constant artistic motion, and physically he is not static either. For four decades he has travelled round Denmark playing solo and with his band on almost every stage in the country. Allan Olsen has made about 20 albums and books, has won countless awards and nominations, among them six Danish Music Awards. Among his recent releases is JØWT (2013), which was one of that year’s best-selling albums, though it was released only in North Jutland and sold from the local SPAR grocers’ shops. Audiences and critics alike were appreciative, as they were for the successor, Hudsult (Out of Touch) (2017). Olsen has a way with words, and this is very apparent in his two autobiographies, Tilfældigt strejfet (Chance Encounter) (2015) and Laksetrappen (Salmon Ladder) (2019). The Tønder festival audience has had the pleasure of this northern Jutland songwriter’s company many times. At the 2022 Tønder Festival, Allan Olsen appeared with a crowd of his colleagues at a memorial tribute concert for the Danish song hero Povl Dissing. Allan Olsen appears solo at Tønder Festival 2023.