One could easily claim that Bjørn Tomren (b. 1981) is one of Norway’s must versatile musicians. He first became known as one half of the polka- and yodelling duo Polkabjørn og Kleine Heine in the middle of the last decade, and since then he has engaged in numerous genres and projects.
Among these are throat singing (in the trio Huurd Altan Hangai Tu), hymn singing (in the trio Samantha Foxtrot), Americana (in the band The Thomas Quickstep Experience), and punk (in the band Tomra Konfeksjon). Tomren is also most likely the only Festival artist who has traversed Norway lengthwise four times: By foot, by kayak, in a rowing boat, and skiing.
In 2019 Tomren released his first album under his own name, and this year’s Festival concert is based on this material. Bad Science Fiction – as the album is called – received rave reviews, and was described by the newspaper BT as “balladry in the Americana tradition, heavily loaded with sophisticated rhythms, sonorous string instruments, and heavy atmospheres”.
Bjørn Tomren vocal, guitar
Åse Britt Reme Jakobsen vocal, guitar
Stian Carstensen steelguitar, banjo, accordion
Jørgen Træen keyboard
Stein Urheim guitar
Anders Bitustøyl bass
Mari Persen violin
Heine Bugge accordeon
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