In the past few weeks I’ve been looking for some interesting concerts to end the year with. I ran into an announcement of a gig in Vera, listened to a soundclip and thought that this could be an interesting option. Turned out Torgeir Waldemar was one of the highlights of the year!
Arriving at Vera, the venue was far from filled yet, but by the time the concert started at least a decent sized audience had gathered in front of the stage. The stage itself was filled with an impressive array of instruments, however when Torgeir Waldemar came on, he kicked of the concert solo.
Only Torgeir with an acoustic guitar and a fantastic voice. And it was that voice had already convinced me to go to the concert in the first place. Hearing him live was actually even better. The songs have a dark, foreboding feel, but sounds terrific.
After a few songs Torgeir was joined by Johan Daniel Henriksen on a cute, small and lovely sounding pump-organ. As a duo the small intimate sound is beautiful. Still dark, but really gorgeous. Soon after Anders Møller joined on drums and Havard Krogedal on bass.
With the full band on stage they leave the folky singer-songwriter songs for a while and kicks up the volume several notches. Long winding rock songs reminiscent of 70’s better rock bands with hints of Americana and folk. And it is simply fantastic.
And when Johan leaves the organ and slings on a banjo for a moment or two during the intro of the song (can’t recall the name of the song) I feel the spirit of Sixteen Horsewpower hover over the stage. And then every once in a while they take it down again, going back to a song by only Torgeir or joined by Johan on the pump-organ (or the ‘singing saw’).
The setlist and build up is simply just right, much like the stage-light. It’s not the easiest light to shoot in, but gave enough room to work in and was a good visual addition to the concert.
Superb show that turned out way, way better then I could have possibly imagined. And that’s just how I love my gigs, so well done!