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Lillebj​ø​rn Nilsen & Andy Irvine - Jenta i Chicago (The Girl in Chicago)

from Live in Telemark by Andy Irvine & Lillebjørn Nilsen

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Lillebjørn Nilsen and Andy Irvine had known each other for about 17 years when they met at the Telemark Festival back in 1994, what they both had dreamt about became a reality. Their collaboration resulted in an exhilarating concert and now the live recording will finally be released as an album. First out is the single "Jenta i Chicago" on April 30.

The two troubadours complement each other perfectly, musically as well as thematically. When Lillebjørn Nilsen sings about the Norwegian emigrant who became the song “Jenta I Chicago”, Andy Irvine counters with the homesick Irish emigrant in "Indiana".

-"I enjoyed singing and playing the hardanger fiddle at Nevin's pub in Evanston when I lived in Chicago. This song is about a girl who showed up there. » - Lillebjørn Nilsen

Lillebjørn Nilsen is a Norwegian singer, songwriter and folk musician. In total, he has five “Spellemann” awards both as a solo artist and as part of larger groups. He is often referred to as Norway's "Folk King".

Andy Irvine is known as one of the greatest Irish singers and songwriters and is referred to as “a tradition in himself”. He is also well known for being at the helm of such legendary bands as Planxty and Sweeney’s Men.


from Live in Telemark, track released April 30, 2021
Composed by Lillebjørn Nilsen


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Andy Irvine

Irish singer-songwriter and traditional musician. He plays bouzouki, mandola, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica and sometimes guitar.

Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD, Usher's Island and more.
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