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Lyrics from Edvard Hoem’s emigrant travels, set to music with jazz finesse and warm humour by John Pål Inderberg and his trio.

Forfatter: Erik Forster

Haymakers and prairie life are the order of the day when Edvard Hoem recites chosen pieces from the emigrants’ tales “Slåttekar i himmelen”, “Bror din på prærien” and “Land ingen har sett”. John Pål Inderberg’s trio will perform folk tunes inspired by Oline Sofie Bakkom and American jazz melodies that have themselves emigrated from the American prairies to Trøndelag.  “My Melancholy Baby” and “Brother Can You Spear a Dime” take us back to the era of railroad construction and love on the great prairie, while Hoem recites from prairie life of the time.


Hoem debuted in 1969 and has since been a highly productive, critically acclaimed and popular novelist, dramatist, religious lyricist and re-creator of Shakespearean works. He was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature for, among others, “For Kjærleikens ferjereiser” (1974), “Prøvetid” (1984), “Ave Eva” (1987) and “Mors og fars historie” (2005). More recently, Hoem has published a biography on Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson in four volumes.

In 2014 Hoem published his first novel in nine years, “Slåttekar i himmelen”. Warmly received by critics, passages from both this and other novels in the emigrant series will be presented by Hoem himself at Spor 5, and set to music with jazz finesse and warm humour by John Pål Inderberg and his trio.


John Pål Inderberg has long since made his mark on the Norwegian jazz scene. With an ear for spontaneous musical expression, he has toured for several years and delighted audiences with playful musicianship and plenty of humour. With one foot in the Nidelven river in Trondheim and another in cool jazz, Inderberg has distilled a powerful voice that combines the Norwegian and American idioms in a way not heard before. Together with Håkon Mjåset Johansen and Trygve Waldemar Fiske, the trio will perform old tunes, occasionally with new twists, at other times with familiar verses – and sometimes all together. Norwegian folk music also has a key position in this trio setting, with inspiration coming from both sides of the Atlantic. Inderberg’s band oozes musicality, delivering acoustic interplay of the highest order.