About this album
Two articles in Hamar Arbeiderblad
(October 3. and 4. 1994) are bringing background information about this
album. The album is a tribute to the writer and singer Alf Prøysen who
would have turned 80 years old on July 23. in 1994.Prøysen lived in
Ringsaker, north of Hamar. He was famous nationwide for his folky songs
and writings, especially mounted for children, for instance with the
radio program ''Barnetimen for de minste - ved Alf Prøysen''
(Childrens' program for the very youngest - with Alf Prøysen). Around
NOK 25 of each record sold will go to a fund for Prøysenhuset in
Ringsaker. A house that will be a museum for Prøysen's life and work.
''It is an honor to be a part of it'',
the only Hedmark artist on the CD, Silje Nergaard, clearly states.
Silje who sang Prøysen songs to dad's guitar accompaniment when she was
"The artists have shaped the songs, so
the expression must be credited to them themselves," says artistic
director Sigbjørn Nedland. He admits that he is excited about what the
audience thinks about the artists singing in their own dialect and not
trying out the 'Hedmark' dialect. "We thought it would be most true to
Prøysen," says Nedland.
''I started with songs I wanted to
include, and then picked out the artists. I knew in advance just about
how it would sound. For example, I chose Silje to sing 'Så seiler vi på
Mjøsa' ('Then we sail on Lake Mjøsa'), precisely because I thought that
Silje was suitable to sing this song", says Sigbjørn Nedland. "I was
lucky to get this song," says Silje Nergaard after the concert on
October 1. in Brummenddal. ''Actually, this is a very jazzy and
demanding melody. I almost got a kick out of singing jazz again - I
feel at home in that setting. It was also nice to sing in (standard)
Norwegian. I hope people from Hedmark carry on with my way of
singing'', she laughs.