Blues in Hell is coming up

Big Jay Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenThis weekend the Blues in Hell festival is happening at Hell, a place in Stjoerdal, close Trondheim in Norway. This is the fifth year for the festival, and in my opinion it is one of the best and most charming blues festivals in Norway. This year The Original Blues Brothers, Rory Block, Alvin Youngblood and Tommy Castro are some of the headliners. (The picture shows Big Jay from the 2009 festival)

Delbert McClinton Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenThe festival venue is the train station at Hell, wher they use a Belgian mirror tent for the main stage, plus a smaller tent for the acoustic stage. The festival has used the same mirror tent for four years, this year they have rented a bigger one. The tent gives the festival a special atmosphere that distinguishes it from many other festivals. In 2010 they were voted the second best smaller festival in Europe. (Above, Delbert McClinton from the 2009 festival)

Marcia Ball Hell Blues 2008 © Per Ole HagenThe name Hell is an old Norwegian word, meaning a shallow cave in the mountain side. But if you know your blues history, you will remember the legend about Robert Johnson who allegedly sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads, then the name of the festival isn’t that much wrong. (Above, Marcia Ball from the 2008 festival)

Bjoern Berge Hell Blues 2010 © Per Ole HagenHere are more pictures of some of artists from 2008-2010 while we are waiting for the weekend. I’ll be back with more pictures after the festival is over. (Above, Bjoern Berge from the 2010 festival)

2008

King Pleasure Hell Blues 2008 © Per Ole HagenKing Pleasure and the Bisquit Boys

Ana Popovic Hell Blues 2008 © Per Ole HagenAna Popvic

Carolyn Wonderland Hell Blues 2008 © Per Ole HagenCarolyn Wonderland

Walter Trout Hell Blues 2008 © Per Ole HagenWalter Trout

2009

Louisiana Red Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenThe late Louisiana Red

Hungry John Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenHungry John

Nick Gravenites Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenNick Gravenites

Knut Reiersrud Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenKnut Reiersrud

Coco Montoya Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenCoco Montoya

John Sebastian Hell Blues 2009 © Per Ole HagenJohn Sebastian

2010

Omar And The Howlers Hell Blues 2010 © Per Ole HagenOmar And The Howlers

Dana Gillespie Hell Blues 2010 © Per Ole Hagen    Dana Gillespie

John Hammond Hell Blues 2010 © Per Ole HagenJohn Hammond

Bernie Marsden Hell Blues 2010 © Per Ole HagenBernie Marsden

All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and may not be used without written permission.

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