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JV reporting from Bergenfest 2014: Day 2

Robert Plant
Robert Plant, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

Bergenfest 2014 - day2

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space shifters:

Robert Plant
Rober Plant, Bergenfest 2014, photo: Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

The headliner on the second day was of course, Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space shifters. Plant revisited  surprisingly many songs from the Led Zeppelin catalog (and an appreciative audience loved it) plus some new songs and tunes from his post-Zeppelin career. The emphasis was on blues put in a historic context, very modern sounding but also very true to it’s roots. He drew the lines from England to Memphis to Africa. This wasn’t a dry history lesson, but a joyful celebration of the blues artform.

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Bergenfest 2014: Must see concerts

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We are going on a trip next week, it is time for our annual visit to Bergenfest. We are very excited!

Bergenfest is an open air and club festival in the city centre of Bergen(Norway). It has over the years established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. Open air shows take place in medieval fortress and castle in the city’s historic centre. Main stage capacity 6.700, second stage capacity 2.000, the third stage is an indoor “wooden tent” scene called “The Magic Mirror” stage. It is a relatively small but brilliant festival.

We will post daily reports from the festival.

These are the concerts we will try to catch.

John Fullbright (it’s a shame that it at the same time spot as Wovenhand, but we choose Fullbright)
Royal Blood
The Strypes
ZZ Top
North Mississippi Allstars
Joe Henry
Robert Plant and The Sensational Shapeshifters
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Laura Mvula
Cold Specks
Wild Beasts
Lulu James
I Was A King
Lindi Ortega
Billy Bragg
Graham Parker and the Rumour
The Hell
Franz Ferdinand
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lana Del Rey
Monica Heldal
Doug Seegers
James Vincent McMorrow
Tom Odell
Bow To Each Other

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The Saddest Songs in History: Billy Bragg Tank Park Salute

Billy Bragg at Oya Festival 2012 by Hallgeir Olsen/Johannasvisions

“Daddy is it true that we all have to die?”

“You were so tall. How could you fall?”

In 1991 Billy Bragg released the album, Don’t try this at home.

“… (this album) was where Bragg first began to sound completely comfortable with the notion of a full band. With Johnny Marr (who helped produce two tracks), Peter Buck,Michael Stipe, and Kirsty MacColl on hand to give the sessions a taste of star power, Don’t Try This at Home sounds full but uncluttered; the arrangements (most complete with — gasp! — drums) flesh out Bragg‘s melodies, giving them greater strength in the process”
– Mark Deming (Allmusic)

It is one of his best albums and it has a eulogy to his father Dennis who had died of cancer when the singer was only 18.
It is devastatingly beautiful!

In an interview with the blog Timber and Steel, Billy Bragg said:

” My father passed away in 1976, and before I wrote that song, oh, I’m guessing now, in 1991. It’s on Don’t Try This At Home so it’s about that time. Until I’d written that song, I’d never spoken to anyone about my father dying, which was something I couldn’t face.

And I wrote that, and it just came out in a huge flood. And I got it down on paper and looked at it and thought, “D’ya know what? If I sing this song, I will have to talk about what happened.”

And I went and showed it to teach to my keyboard player to show her part, and she said, “Wow, that’s about your dad, isn’t it?”

And I thought if she gets it, anyone will get it, and it obviously works as a song. And I’m really glad when I find someone who it’s helped because I can tell them – honestly – it helped me too. It had the same effect on me; it helped me to deal with losing somebody. So more often than not these days I find myself playing it at gigs, because more people are getting to the age where we’re losing loved ones, so it’s become a really important part of my set now.”


Billy Bragg – Tank Park Salute (Spotify):

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