Like gigs on Facebook
Saturday, 16 July 2011 18:30

Now you can like gigs listen here on papablues on facebook also! Just head on to the giglist, then click on the gig you want to like, and the click on teh Like button, and whammo, the gig is liked by you on facebook! Just like that! Cool eh!


Whoa! Here is Facebook!
Thursday, 14 July 2011 12:32

I've added a new cool feature! When you look at image sets, if there is one you like or want to comment on in Facebook, there is now a like / comment field on the page of the image set. Try it, you'll like it!


Åmåls Bluesfest 2011 - First photos
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:04

I have published my first set of photos from this years Bluesfestival in Åmål. This is Keith Dunn band who did a great perfoaamnce on Friday, with a quite exception backing band and Keith Dunn playing his harp! Great stuff! See the photos here.



Åmåls Bluesfest - Saturday
Sunday, 10 July 2011 18:13

Saturday was my last at Åmåls Bluesfest 2011, as we are traveling back sunday. Again, before I go on to the festival, let me remind you of Edsleskogs Wärdshus, where we stayed this year. Far away from the big ciity lights in Åmål, this place provides jsut the kind of calm and relaxation that you need to be able to see as much as you can in Åmål!

The saturday, and this goes for the festival as a whole, was much better than I expected. Although there were no bands, at least not among the ones I listened to, that surprised me, many really did blow me away, but I knew they would. To beging with on Saturday, after the jam, we had Jim's Combo. This band is nothing short of spectacular, a favourite of mine and I have seen them many times, but the still amaze me. Following them we had Roffe Wikström, this year with Max Lorentz on keybords, Tommy Cassemar on bass and Peter Korhonen on drums. As always, Roffe delivers, big time, but I have probably seen him a bit too much. he did play a bunch of "old" songs, stuff that many wants to hear, but for myself, I have heard them before. All that said, a good act from a long standing swedish star of the  Blues.

Following Roffe there was a very different act from that, Ladies Sing the Blues from Denmark. This was a bit of a disappointment and I will not comment much more than that, maybe it wasn't my cup of tea or something. Vidar Busk & His True Believers is a brilliant Norwegian Band, with Vidar himself being both a good entertainer and a good musician and again we were up to speed with the festival. Patricia Page & the Prophets from Gothenburg follow that, and this is Swedens hottest Soul band, this is a real good show. Patricia was also awaded with the Åmål Blues Award this year, which was well deserved.

After Patricia Page it was time for Delta Blues Band, the second band tonight from Denmark, and with them my appreciation of Danish Blues was fully restored. Although not spectacular, this was a good, old-school (1960's) bluesband, with some good solos. As this is Denmarks oldest blesband, they also deserve a break!

Then we came back to Sweden, although mixed up with the hotest harp in Essex, namely Trickbag from Stockholm featuring West Weston also featuring Sven Zetterberg. This was by far the best stage appearance today, a brillant act, with really good Hard performance from West and Sven and guitar from Sven and Thomas Hammarlund, Thomas is one of my favourite guitarists in Stockholm! And West Weston a a great harp-player. Finishing up the day was Rich Harper band, but it was just a little bit too late, we had a long drive in the morning, så we skipped this act this time.

In conclusion, a much better Åmåls Bluesfest than I had imagined. There not much of a sensational act, buta steady stream of solid good bands, with a few unexpected bands and many brilliant ones. My band of the year in Åmål award goes to Jim's Combo. Whoa, this band is just sooo good!


Back in Stockholm

Åmåls Bluesfest 2011 - Day 1
Saturday, 09 July 2011 10:24

We arrived late thursday evening, so the first day at the festval was on friday, but before I get to that, let me tell you about the accomodation I found this year. Out in the woods, some 20 km fråm Åmål, is Edsleskog where there is a beautiful Inn ("Wärdshus" in Swedish) by the lake Edslan, this is a just gotgeous place! beautiful! The rooms are real nice, the view from the room stunninig and the staff is real nice too! Yes, some way off from Åmål, but well worth the extra mile! Read more on Edsleskogs Wärdshus homepage.


Getting to the Blues Festival, the first day was not bad at all. Hightligts were Mr Bo and the VooDooers, not surprisingly, and Keith Dunn Band, Keith had a brilliant backing band: 2 Guitars (ES something) and Drums, no base or anything. Brilliant! Also on stage was one of swedens oldest bluesbands, Bill and Guy Öhrström with Slim Notini, and this was very much enjoyable, and Bill is great as usual, as is his brother. I have to admit that the more Gospel oriented numbers is not my cup of tea though, and the large stage was a bit wasted on this band, who are at their best on a small club scene.



Today is Saturday and in particular I'm looking forward to Jim's Combo, but also Roffe Wikström (yes, I have seen him many times before, but it was some time back now, so I'm looking forward to this) and Trickbag with West Weston and Sven Zetterberg. Barrelhouse Chuck should have been here too, but he turned ill during the tour. Let's hope he recovers soon. The day ands with Rich Harper Band, which I like but I'm not sure I'll be awake by then.


I have been takiing lots of shots, and I plan to publish some within a week or two.



Your Papa of Blues on site in Åmål.

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