Norwegian musician Anders Lillebo is currently one of the strongest voices of Irish Traditional Music in Scandinavia. Having a background as a jazz pianist, he released his first album with Irish music, called Departure, in 2017. It received favorable reviews from a wide selections of blogs and magazines, e.g. Irish Music Magazine and The Living Tradition.
In the summer of 2018, after moving back to the Norwegian countryside where he grew up, Anders invited some of his favourite musicians over to his house to record his second album.
«I wanted this album to have a laid back and collaborative vibe, I therefore invited some of my friends over to the house to jam on some of our favourite tunes!»
This resulted in the album Homecoming, coming out on Feb 1, 2019. It showcases four musicians, from Norway, England and Ireland all with strong individual voices interpreting traditional tunes from the Irish Traditional Music repertoire. A couple of Scandinavian tunes and original compositions are thrown in for good measure!
Anders Lillebo - Piano, Organ (track 8)
Olav Rossebø - Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo
James Taylor - Guitar
Arthur Stones - Bouzouki, Banjo (track 4)
Recorded by Anders Lillebo
Mixed by Hans Martin Austestad
Mastered by Jonas Howden Sjøvaag at Færder Audio
Cover art & design by Ingrid Granrud Veiersted
Departure is Anders’ debut as a recording artist.
The album is recorded on the west coast of Ireland, in collaboration with producer Jack Talty and a handful of prodigious Irish musicians. Additionally, one of Scandinavia’s foremost performers in the Irish tradition, Esbjörn Hazelius, also participates.
The album consists mainly of music taken from the Irish traditional music repertory, but watch out for a couple of original compositions as well!
Anders Lillebo – piano accordion, piano
Jack Talty – piano
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail – guitar & bouzouki
Tommy Hayes – percussion
Matthew Berrill – clarinet & bass clarinet
Esbjörn Hazelius – fiddle & cittern (track 11 & 12)
Produced by Jack Talty
Recorded in Lissycasey, Ireland and Vråka, Sweden
Coverart and design by Ingrid Granrud Skaaret
and Julie Henning.
«The album might be called Departure but on the quality of the music here, Anders has arrived!»
Irish Music Magazine
«An admirable debut album.»
The Living Tradition