Friday at Blues in Hell – Adam Douglas, Nick Moss, Reidar Larsen & The Storytellers and excellent young bands

Jan Erik Moe 31082018-06The Blues in Hell Festival has been a yearly tradition for me since the mid 90’s. The festival is held at Hell, a small place by the airport outside of Trondheim, Norway, and except for three years when it was called Hell Music Fest and the repertoar was pop/rock/hip hop, the festival has been true to the blues roots all the time. Being a smaller festival, they have also presented interesting and great artists a bit outside of the most commercial ones. (Photo above: The winner of the Blues in Hell Award, Jan Erik Moe)

Robert Kjell Inge Brovoll 31082018-01Festival boss Kjell Inge Brovoll is interviewed by Robert Sætervik

Most years the Blues in Hell festival has been held at the conference hotel by the airport. But for a few years, it was held at the Hell train station, with a Magic Mirror tent as the main stage, and a regular tent as the acoustic stage. Because of ongoing work with new roads by the train station, it has not been possible to use it as a venue for the last three years, so the festival is back at the hotel where it started.

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A tradition at the Blues in Hell is the Blues in Hell Award, which is given to a blues artist with a long career, and who hasn’t had a big record company or management firm behind them. This year was the first time a Norwegian artist, Jan Erik Moe, got the Award. Well deserved, and very popular.

Tora 31082018-08Tora Dahle Aalgård

Because of family obligations I could only stay one day at the festival, but that was a great night. I saw Nick Moss, Reidar Larsen & The Storytellers with Jan Erik Moe as a special guest, Lisa Mills who filled the acoustic venue to capasity, the young bands Tora, SKA-frika, the Union Blues band Tito Lausteen Quintet and Magnus Berg Band. All of these give hope for the blues in the future. The headliner on Friday night was Adam Douglas, who won the TV competition Stjernekamp last year. And “Hell” means a cliff cave in Norwegian, not a very hot place!

Here are photos of the bands I saw:

The Midnight Specials

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New Orleans Brazzfest

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Reidar Larsen & The Storytellers

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Diz Watson

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Magnus Berg Band

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Lisa Mills

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SKA-Frika 31082018-03

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Nick Moss Band

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Tora Dahle Aagård

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Adam Douglas

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Ragtime Rumours

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Tito Lausteen Quintet

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Tito Lausteen Quintet 31082018-07

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SaRon Crenshaw

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Adam Douglas 31082018-13Adam Douglas

All photos are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.

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