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JOHANSSON och Det Starka Bandet at the Conway Muse
Conway Muse
Conway, WA
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JOHANSSON och Det Starka Bandet at the Conway Muse
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Swedish Folk Band to America 14 May  21 May

"Johansson och det starka bandet" is a Swedish band from Goteborg on the swedish westcoast. The band is going to USA for a second tour in May 2010 starting in Seattle 14 May and ending up in Portland 21 Feb. "Johansson och det starka bandet" have released 3 albums and play everything from rockn roll to pure folk music. The latest album "Amerikat" is the reason why the band is going to USA to do another tour. The album is a rock-opera and contains 20 songs about the young emigrant Gustav Johansson from Sweden. The project started in 2004 when Martin Johansson, the founder and leader of the band, visited his relatives in Illinois and Minnesota. The trip to USA inspired him to create a story that starts in Dalsland Sweden and goes all the way to Clarkfield Minnesota.

Last year the band did a great success with a tour from Chicago to Minneapolis. And that tour inspired the band so much, so when the chance came to do another tour, they didn't hesitate.

The band will tour with Swedish-American emigrant songs. The repertoire contains of both their own material and some really old covers. Some beautiful Swedish-American hymns as well. The tour brings the old Swedish American songs and stories alive and the American audience will understand the content through new translations. Everything is performed with great energy and artistic attitude.

The band do the tour to keep the great adventure of the emigration alive. This is a tour for all people with interest in Swedish-American history and culture. That is why the tour is important, entertaining and great fun.

The members on the tour are:

Martin Johansson 37, guitar, banjo, flutes and harmonica. He is the founder and leader of the band. He has written all the songs, both music and lyrics. He is playing both solo and in his band. He has performed in churches, festivals and rock clubs. And of course the great US tour last year.

Peter Ehlebrink 38, guitar & slide. Peter has been playing guitar all his life. His specialty is Swedish/American country music. He plays in several bands and has been at festivals and clubs, in Sweden and England. He is also a strong back up and harmony singer.

Jörgen Sundström 39, drums, banjo and guitar. Jörgen has played on many stages in many different bands. He is a great songwriter that can play a lot of instruments. He has been playing in many countries (England, Denmark, Norway etc.) Also a great singer.

Claes Johansson 36, bassplayer with a rockn roll background. He has been playing on many albums and stages and has a big part in Johannson och det starka bandet, both as a musician and as an inspiration.

Their latest album "Amerikat," is a "rock opera" about a young emigrant and seeks the beautiful spot between American and Swedish folk music and song writing, and is sung in both English and Swedish.

The tour

14 May Seattle Swedish Cultural Center
15 May Seattle Empty Sea
16 May Astoria Astoria's Performing Arts Center
17 May Bellingham KUGS Radio
18 May Bellingham Green Frog Acoustic Tavern Tavern
19 May Conway The Conway Muse
20 May Astoria Franklin
21 May Portland Scandinavian Heritage Foundation

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Martin Johansson



Conway Muse
18444 Main/Spruce Sts.
Conway, WA 98238
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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