seen Niels Skousen live several times, but only three times through
my camera lens: At Fælledparken's 75 Year Anniversary on 11.
August 1984 (see the black/white photo below), at The Ken Gudman Memorial
Concert 10. October 2004 in a duet with his old partner, Peter Ingemann
from Skousen og Ingemann (see at the bottom at this page and here),
and finally at this excellent concert at Pumpehuset 20. September
Let me admit that I'm a major fan of this godfather of Danish rock
lyrics! I consider Niels Skousen to be one of the three masters
of rock poetry in Denmark. The two others are C.V. Jørgensen
and Steffen Brandt. Skousen is probably the greatest
of them all. I spent my youth together with the songs of Skousen og Ingemann
and I've got everything on record that Niels Skousen has ever recorded.
I followed him from Young Flowers, to Skousen og Ingemann
through Elverhøj, Solvognen and the solo projects.
Skousen is like a Danish Leonard Cohen: a great poet
being able to deliver his lyrics through beautiful music.
This night Skousen
gave a retrospective show of songs from his amazing career: Two of the old songs
(Lad ham gå and Herfra hvor vi står),
8 songs from the album, Dobbeltsyn and 7 songs from his most recent
album, Daddy Longleg. Furthermore the band had rehearsed two option
songs (Ord and Miraklet) which remained unplayed.
had put together a band of high calibre. All musicians are much younger than the
62 year old master: Jonas Struck from the former Swan Lee
on guitar, the multi talented producer and composer, Nikolaj Nørlund
on keyboards, Lennart Ginmann, mainly known from his jazz connections
on bass and Gert Smedegård on drums. He's known from numorous
connections (I've photographed him earlier backing these artists: C.V.
Jørgensen and Sascha
did some shots of the band in the backstage dressing room and these photos can
be viewed at the bottom of this page. My photos of Niels Skousen
from 1984 and 2005 can bee seen here as well.
The Set List:
01. Det sker
Ved siden af mig selv
03. Min Skyline
04. Daddy Longleg
05. Du gav mig
07. Lad ham gå
Roser og sne
11. Sorte huller
- - Encore - -
Herfra hvor vi står
Niels Skousen: vo, ac g, hca
Jonas Struck: el.
g, ac. g, back-up vo, lap-steel, mandolin
Nikolaj Nørlund: el. g, keyb,
Lennart Ginmann: el. b
Gert Smedegård: dm, perc
by Eric Klitgaard © 2006
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