Thursday, August 9, 2012

Norwegian bluegrass-folk-punk band playing at Haydee's on Sunday Saturday

Don't you get tired of hearing the same old thing? I am pretty tired of all the Norwegian bluegrass bands that play in Mount Pleasant every week.

Obviously I am being sarcastic, as this is pretty cool.

The brother of a local resident lives in Norway and is in a bluegrass band called The Fabulous Flea Market Band. They're on a US tour and will be playing at Haydee's (3102 Mt. Pleasant Street NW) on Sunday Saturday at 8 pm. Here's more about them, plus a couple videos.
Love songs for lumberjacks, bluegrass for punk rockers, serenades for sailors, drinking songs for desperate nights; love, insanity, murder, natural disaster and three legged dogs are just some of the themes covered in the Flea Market songbook. Part backstreet hoedown, part honky-tonk confessional, part big tent revival meeting, for the past two years The Fabulous Flea Market Band have steadily been winning new converts to their sweat-soaked, heartfelt vision, blending shadows from the Norwegian forest with darkness from the margins of America. Huddled around a single mic in the old-time string band tradition, the Fleas tear through all-original tunes, taking turns on banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, upright bass and the occasional trombone.
One reviewer wrote that wrote that when listening to Flea Market, it's "[a]s if Tom Waits, Lillebjørn Nilsen and The Clash ran into each other and decided to make a new soundtrack for the movie 'O Brother Where Art Thou'." (Aftenposten Aften)
Here's two songs, one an original called "Goddamn Mary!" and "Wagon Wheel," a cover of an Old Crow Medicine Show song. There's more on their Myspace page, include in Norwegian!


  1. flyer says 8pm Saturday, post says sunday, shall we assume the flyer is right?


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