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2016 Vikings Meet Heidi Tour


The Dates:

July/August 2016

The Boys:


Charlie at Festycharm. Photo by Rosa Pepe.

Charlie


Markus at Skjaergards Blues. Photo by Arve Reistad.

Markus


Ivan at Skjaergards Blues. Photo by Anker Mollerop.

Ivan


Sal Lombardo at Festycharm. Photo by Rosa Pepe.

Sal


Aurel at Skjaergards Blues. Photo by Anker Mollerop.

Aurel


The Gigs:

Skjærgårdsblues
Veiholmen, Norway

Festycharme
Charmey CH

Camping Rolle
Rolle CH

Le Cintra
Fribourg CH

Rock Bottom Blues Club
Yverdon CH

Travel dreams and nightmares

On the way to Europe, we set two new records: worst travel nightmare and most overpriced hotel. Six hours trapped on the tarmac on a United flight, with one small glass of water and a cookie (long gone are the days when airlines broke out free drinks in such situations), a 3am arrival in Newark, and no choice but to pay $300 for a dingy hotel deep in the industrial wasteland of New Jersey. But there was a silver lining: we got to make a quick day trip to Manhattan, and visited the World Trade Center Memorial, where we were reminded that our travel troubles weren't so bad.

The September 11 Memorial in NYC

Once we finally made it across the Atlantic, everything turned sunny. Had a wonderful side trip to Oslo, and a fantastic time on the Norwegian island of Smøla, followed by four great gigs in Switzerland.






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The Vikings


Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway. Photo by Anker Mollerop.

This was one of the great tours. The first gig was a really fun festival on an exotic and beautiful island way up north in the Norwegian fjords. Markus and Ivan joined us from Switz, and Aurel Ouzoulias, who plays with Ivan in Mörglbl, flew up from Paris for the gig. The Vikings treated us great, and we had a blast.


Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway. Photo by Denise.

The Skjærgårdsblues Festival took place in Veiholmen, a tiny fishing village on the island of Smøla. You take two car ferries to get there.


Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway. Photo by Arve Reistad.

We played in a salty old building where (if I understood correctly) they used to boil down cod liver oil. We had an incredible crowd, and peeled the paint for 90 minutes. One of those gigs that really reminds you why you keep doing this!


Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway.

                        The venue

Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway.

                                                      The view from our band house

Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway.

Norwegian breakfast: caviar and mayonnaise

Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway.

                                        Highlight of the trip: boat ride with Anton

Skjaergard Blues Festival, Norway. Photo by Denise.

The midnight sun


Heidi and Friends


CMB at Charmey, CH. Photo by Rosa Pepe.

Next we flew to Switzerland, to play at Festycharm, in the lovely Alpine village of Charmey. Sal Lombardo joined us on drums.


Chuck, Chuck, and more Chuck

Christine at Charmey, CH. Photo by Rosa Pepe. Rain at Charmey, CH. Photo by Markus.
Everything was beautiful in Charmey - lovely old town square, nice stage. Just one little problem. I'm not talkin about a little bit of rain, I'm talkin about a downpour, all night. But we were dry enough, and we're pros, so we played our set (and so did two more bands!).








CMB at Charmey, CH. Photo by Rosa Pepe.

I think these cats have been playing together for a while.


Ivan at Charmey, CH. Photo by Rosa Pepe. Charlie at Charmey, CH. Photo by Rosa Pepe.

Red Ivan, Blue Charlie.


Camping Rolle, Switzerland.

Next we played at a beautiful campground in Rolle, on Lake Geneva. Here we had an extremely lively crowd, so we did what we do best.


Le Cintra, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Le Cintra in Fribourg is one of our home bases, a homey but lively club with old music gear and other classic junk stuffed into every corner. Owner Mickey rolls out the red carpet - playing here is like visiting an old friend. Longtime band member "Speedy" Jeanrenaud sat in on a couple of numbers (stay tuned).


CMB in Yverdon CH.

The final gig of the tour was a private party for our old friend Fabienne, the proprietor of the Rock Bottom Blues Club in Yverdon. It took place at a luxurious lakefront house with a stunning view of the Alps. It was basically a house concert - a couple dozen folks sat and listened attentively, and we all had a great time.


CMB in Yverdon CH. CMB in Yverdon CH.

The lakeshore is steep - we used a sort of funicular freight elevator contraption to load in our gear. Those clever Swiss!