The Young Norwegians – Music – 1968 – Folk music – NACD058

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The Young Norwegians were started in 1966 as a vice duo consisting of Bjørn Morisse (guitar) and Lillebjørn Nilsen (banjo and guitar). As Bjørn Morisse was the taller of the two, he was nicknamed Store-Bjørn, while Bjørn Falk Nilsen was called Little-Bjørn. This nickname has since stuck with him. Lillebjørn Nilsen has told about their first meeting at the Dolphin Folk Club. He was sitting by himself playing the banjo when Bjørn Morisse came over, grabbed him by the shoulder and asked him to join him outside. 17-year-old Lillebjørn thought he was going to be beaten, and was so relieved when he was asked if they should form a vice group together that he immediately said yes. The weekly newspaper Det Nye dressed them up and presented them to the readers, and the vice group began performing at various events in Oslo and the surrounding area. The Young Norwegians released some singles on Triola and Troll in 1966, followed by the album Things on Our mind. In 1967 Lillebjørn Nilsen began the music course at Hartvig Nissens Skole in Oslo, where he met Steinar Ofsdal, who played double bass, cello, fiddle and willow flute. The two soon became friends, and Lillebjørn persuaded him to join the vice group. Thus, Steinar Ofsdal joined their next LP, Music, which was released in 1968. Already early in the year in 1969, The Young Norwegians disbanded.

1 Dansevise

2 Depression

3 Jentetapet

4 Tippie Toe

5 Vossevalsen

6 Kjærringa med staven

7 Rain

8 So Sulla ho mor

9 For Aud

10 Anonyme Anglais

11 Walk of the Innocent

12 Good News in the Morning

13 Danse ikke gråte nå

14 Reflections on the Birdge of Signs

15 The Return of the Wind & Rain & Flowers

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