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Fjærland: Both Booktown and concert venue

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Concert in The Booktown 14 July 2011. Photo: Gaute Dvergsdal Bøyum/

Concert in The Booktown 14 July 2011. Photo: Gaute Dvergsdal Bøyum/

There are many reasons to spend time in Fjærland. The Booktown, naturally, is one. The prospect of day-long book browsing is enticing, indeed. Also, the glaciers and the Glacier Centre is a very compelling reason to come to Fjærland. The glaciers are, after all, the reason why tourists came from Britain in the late 19th century.

More recent is Fjærland’s place as a concert venue. The annual bookfair always has an outdoor concert, and with our newly erected outdoor stage/bandshell, we are ready to stage concerts in almost any format. The concert with Norwegian band Vamp (pictured above) is a good example. We have a bandshell, an indoor stage, technical equipment and a sound engineer, and the concerts in this 280-strong community attract thousands of spectators every year.

This summer has a lot to offer for concert-goers:

Coming Friday, 6 July at 9pm, Polkabjørn & Kleine Heine play at Hotel Mundal. Their lively yodeling polka is guaranteed to lift your mood. Polkabjørn’s voice and yodeling technique stands front and center in this group. Hotel Mundal offers reasonable packages with concert, food and accomodation – an experience in itself.

Saturday 14 July is the night for Irish dance, music and merryment at Fjærland social centre. Andrea Rice is well known for her traditional Irish music, and has visited Fjærland several times before. Many of us have fond memories of her concerts. Andrea Rice is the real deal, serving authentic and professional Irish folk. The social centre can become quite crowded on these nights, both on and off the dance floor, so be there!

Next concert is Tuesday 17 July at 8pm, when the band nrwy plays at Fjærland fjordstove, also a very nice hotel to stay at. We cite the blurb about nrwy:

NRWY – The latest project featuring Erik and Per Christian Grov, of The Generous Days, whose ‘60s styled sunshine pop was (and is!) always welcome at IPO. While at its heart still uplifting and jangly, with NRWY they add a folk rock intensity and indie rock bite that will appeal to an even wider range of audiences. Fans of Neil Young, The Jayhawks, Teenage Fanclub, and Wilco will want to check out these boys from Oslo, Norway!

24 July is the big outdoor concert day this year. Norwegian rock band Plumbo is well known as a party band, playing steady rock with a few twists. Tickets should be booked in advance, eg. at Billettservice.

…and if you’d rather like small, intimate concerts, both hotels in Fjærland often offer folk song concerts in weekends.

Eg er dagleg leiar i Den norske bokbyen AS.
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