The latest addition to a long list of Norwegian blues festivals is the Norsia-Delta Blues Festival. The premier run will be at Hønefoss from 16th to 18th of May, and the goal is to establish the festival as an annual event.
(From left to right: Tor Simen Granum og Terje Andersen from Kooperativen, speaker Gøran Stensrud, Jørn Ellefsen, Randi Nymoen, Yngve Nymoen and Åge Nymoen.) By Rune Endal. Photo: Bitten Svendsen.
The initiative to the festival comes from music enthusiasts and local companies, where some have been previously involved in the former [Blues Union] Krøderbanen Blues Club, and most of the people involved also have in common that they have been guests at Notodden Blues since the early days.
Now they have a strong desire to establish a blues scene at Hønefoss, a city where there is a blues history, that they now want to bring back to life. In addition to the festival, there is also plans about getting a club up and running, Norsia-Delta Blues Club, which of course will be a member of the Norwegian Blues Union.
The word Norsia is Norwegian for the north-side, and this is used by the organizers to draw a line towards the historical working class part of town, and the fact that the blues is the music for the working man. This will also be a theme during the festival and the local establishment 'Kooperativen' will be used as the festival's Juke Joint. The festival will also have a tent with room for about 400 guests.
With a focus on local talent, as well as international headliners, the organizers presented both Notodden Blues Band and Trampled Under Foot as the main attractions. Both of these have a great name both worldwide and in Norway.
Other artists visiting the festival are Høggørm-Kåre and Hillman Hunters from Hallingdal, Norway, which is known for blues with humor. Hard to Handle Bluesband from Krøderen is supporting Notodden Blues Band. We can also mention First Train Rock'n'Roots Band, Vidar Letho & His Half Man Band as well as Tim 'Ledfoot' Scott McConnell and Knut Hem, Hønefoss' prodigal son.