Sofia Talvik – Swedish Folk Artist on Irish Camper Van Tour, Sept 2014


Although a veteran of 6 albums in her native Sweden, we’re guessing Sofia Talvik may be a new name on you.

She plays a charming brand of folk music which leaves room for a broad variety of pop music shades.

Her most recent album The owls are not what they seem is streaming below. On it you’ll find captivating chamber folk in the shape of ‘Everybody’s favourite concubine’ and ‘Awfully aware’.

There’s an authentic country ache about ‘If I had a man’ to match the best efforts of compatriots First Aid Kit.

Plus the folk influences are not one-dimensional. ‘Bitter sweet bliss’ is that kind of folk song which allows room for a laconic trombone and flute arrangement,’Glow’ has the fragile atmosphere you might associate with Olof Arnalds, while ‘Circle of friends’ has a jauntier, late 60s feel courtesy of another lovely flute arrangement.

And in what sounds like an Irish premiere to us (aswell as a cunning post-Electric Picnic supply vs demand manoeuvre), Ms Talvik has decided to team up with Campervan company Craic N Campers as Irish tour partners.

The result is an impressive 10-date Irish tour, including a stop off in Ballincollig at The White Horse in a couple of weeks’ time.

Here’s the full blurb.

Sofia Talvik plays a unique blend of neo-folk filtered through her Swedish heritage, with 6 full length albums released to date; combining modal chord changes and beautiful airy production with the gentle singing of a 70’s folk songstress. Her music has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Belle & Sebastian and Jewel.

In 2008, she became the first Swedish female singer to play Lollapalooza in Chicago before setting off on the adventure on a lifetime in 2011 on a journey that would traverse 37 US states, playing over 250 concerts over the course of 16 months. “Every town we park in is our new home town,” as Sofia put it when describing the nomad life of living in an RV. After returning to Europe last year she wrote a book about her time on the road and released an album with recordings from her concerts. Although Berlin is home nowadays, she still has that itch of restlessness which gave birth to the idea of a camper tour through Ireland, a mini version of her Drivin’ & Dreaming tour of the US.

She hooked up with quirky camper rental company Craic N Campers who, with their musical profile, thought it was a great idea to have a Swedish singer/songwriter tour the country in one of their campers. ”I can’t wait to get on the road in a camper again, but mostly I look forward to seeing all of Ireland and Northern Ireland”, Sofia says. With ten shows booked, she’s done her best to make sure she’ll get to go to every corner of the country. Audiences can expect intimate, heartfelt concerts with beautiful music and some entertaining stories from life on the road.

Tour dates September 2014:
18th Slane – Boyle’s Pub, 9pm
19th Ballincollig, Cork – The White Horse, 9pm
20th Ballyward, Turniphouse, 8pm
21st Birr – The Chestnut, 5.30pm
22nd Dublin – Whelan’s song cycle, 9pm
24th Dublin, Arthur’s Pub, 8pm
25th Dundalk – The Spirit Store, 10pm
26th Belfast – Crescent Arts Centre, 9pm
27th Castle rock – Crusoes Coffee Shop, 9pm
28th Ballybofey – Balor Theatre, 8.30pm

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