FolkWorld #76 11/2021
© Kirkelig Kulturverksted AS

Comforting Songs for Daunting Nights

Randi Tytingvåg

Artist Video Randi Tytingvåg @ FROG

The Randi Tytingvåg Trio is now releasing its first album in Norwegian. An album full of passion, comfort and belief in the future.

Very eager to play again after a corona-imposed dry spell, they have used this downtime to create a special and fully acoustic sound that borders between ballads, folk and jazz. This time they have invited eminent guest musicians such as Nils Økland, Vidar Kenneth Johansen and Børge Fjordheim. Their sound is like a small chamber orchestra with great dynamic range.

Randi Tytingvåg Trio

Randi Tytingvåg Trio "Air de Décembre", Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2021

“Trøsteviser for redde netter” expresses a message that Randi has personally experienced. Early during the pandemic she was informed that she had to undergo a risky brain operation that could lead to loss of hearing, facial paralysis and poor balance. This could have robbed her of any further career in music. Gratefully, the operation was a success and she is now back doing what she loves doing – even more passionately!

“I’m immensely grateful I can continue to work as a singer-songwriter. I have received fantastic and really good help! I sincerely hope that the songs on the new album can help to create some hope for the times ahead that we are all facing,” says Randi when looking back at the year behind us.

Randi has written all the music apart from the song “Røtter og vinger” [Roots and wings], which is a new interpretation of the classic “Always On My Mind”. She has written the lyrics in close collaboration with the poet Helge Torvund. Together they have written comforting songs throughout the year. They span her personal history and the unpredictable times we find ourselves in. The songs have an undertone of vulnerability, but also express the hope that perhaps better things lie ahead. Comfort may bring us closer to each other.

The Randi Tytingvåg Trio is Randi Tytingvåg, vocals, Dag Vagle, guitar, mandola, vocals, backing vocals, and Erlend E. Aasland, tenor guitar, octave tenor guitar, banjo, cello banjo, mandola and backing vocals. Guest musicians: Nils Økland on Hardanger fiddle, violin, viola Vidar Kenneth Johansen on bass clarinet, clarinet Børge Fjordheim on drums, percussion, glockenspiel, saw, backing vocals Bjørn Eidsvåg, vocals on “Trøstevise” (Comforting Song)

Photo Credits: (1)-(2) Randi Tytingvåg Trio (unknown/website).

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