On the road again! Concerts in Germany!

Sofia Talvik - Press Photo

It feels almost unreal to be able to announce real live concert dates. Do I remember how to play the guitar? Can I still sing? I guess we’ll see, because I have a bunch of summer dates coming up in Germany and guess what – they are in front of a live audience!!

Luckily I have received my Covid vaccine so I can feel confident I will survive meeting people in real life again. Though we will of course keep practicing face mask and hand sanitizer just in case you have any other strange germs 😉

If you happen to find yourself in Germany in June and July you can come and see a concert here:

https://www.bandsintown.com/a/19726-sofia-talvik

Sofia Talvik at South Florida Folk Festival

So you thought I had disappeared under the radar? Well yes, a little bit. After the big Christmas show I have escaped to Spain to wait out the pandemic and get a dose of sun instead of the snow in Northern Europe. I have also been working on my other project Hansan, and a few new songs for us.

But it’s time to come out of hiding, and what better way than with a Festival. I was humbled to be asked to play the South Florida Folk Festival, organized by Broward Folk Club. The line up is absolutely stellar with performers from Canada, USA and – moi from Europe.

It is a free show but the Festival accepts donations if you feel so inclined.

Since its inception in 1990, the Festival has been a combination of a music fest, family reunion, community gathering, and weekend musical retreat.  This year, for the first time, the BFC is presenting the annual festival virtually, as we invite music lovers of all ages to watch on YouTube or Facebook from the safety of their home or social bubble. The 2021 festival lineup features music for everyone, blending the best singer-songwriters and performers from North America and Europe, along with home-town Florida favorites, for a weekend of folk and acoustic music.

The event is currently on Facebook… where there will be further information posted in the near future… including links to attend the Festival and information on how to donate.  Make sure to like the Broward Folk Club on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrowardFolkClub/    

And then… follow the Festival and get updated information here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/249047649934870/   

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet lists my online shows on their best of the year list

U.S correspondent, music and sports writer Per Bjurman of Swedish Newspaper Aftonbladet has released his best of the year list. The list that covers everything from Albums to TV-shows lists artists such as Taylor Swift and Lori McKenna. Under the category “other” Bjurman is listing my online Quarantine Concerts, as the only online concert series of the list.

Since March I have been streaming live as over 100 booked concerts have been canceled this year. I have streamed for Ines Festival, venues, and the Swedish Embassy in the U.S, and my latest Christmas Concert was co-hosted by over 20 venues and house concert hosts in the U.S and Europe. A big shout-out to all of you who have been tuning in and donating this year. Check out the latest stream here:

Video Premiere of “This Mess We’re In” and online Festival

I am super excited that MusicTap is doing an exclusive premiere of the video for my new Christmas single “This Mess We’re In” today!
Check it out here!

And for those of you who didn’t get enough of my livestreams yesterday, I am doing an online festival concert for Liverpool Sound City on December 15th, who are doing a Guest House take over! Four short & snappy sets from an all Swedish line-up including Melby, Tiny Fighter, Ignore the Elephant an moi Sofia Talvik, all presented by LIVE AT HEART & Liverpool Sound City.Four bands, 80 minutes, 1 night – bargain!
Go here for the concert! – https://guesthouselive.co.uk/

Can we fix “This Mess We’re In”?

As you might know I release a new original Christmas single each year. My Christmas songs are generally on the darker side, so 2020 did not pose any obstacles for achieving that this year. 

I think many artists including myself in the beginning of this pandemic thought that we’d finally have lots of time to create, something that can easily be pushed aside by a busy tour schedule a regular year. I also think that more artists than just me, then sat down with a deep sigh and no inspiration and no creative urge to do anything. Because touring, playing live and meeting people is what feeds inspiration, and we haven’t been able to do any of those things this year. 

So that is the grounds to this Christmas single, as well as reflection of the craziness of this whole year with people calling the pandemic a hoax, and the general fail of most of the world do handle it in a good way. All the while we have lots of other problems on this planet as well. So I guess you could call it a doomsday Christmas song, because why not, it’s 2020.

What I did have time to do this year was to put extra work into the production. When I initially started my tradition of Christmas songs, it was also a way for me to experiment and just have fun with the sound, and it didn’t have to follow the sound of my albums. But as years passed, my Christmas songs became just another part of my repertoire and lost their experimental flare. So this year I am bringing it back full whack with a big dream-folk production. I use 5 different guitars and a banjo on this track. I have brought in bass from Sweden (by Janne Manninen) and drums all the way from New Orleans (by Marc Pagani). 

As a bonus I have added a stripped down one guitar and vocals version, which is also part of a digital EP called “Notes For Christmas” with acoustic versions of my 2 latest Christmas singles as well as a traditional Swedish Christmas song performed in Swedish and German.

The single is a free download (or pay what you want if you are feeling generous), and the 4 track EP is $5 or pay what you want. I hope you will enjoy them both!