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The Alehouse Sessions

Saturday 24 February 2024 at 20:00
at Longyearbyen Kulturhus
Photo credit: Theresa Pawal

Get ready for beer and music!

The Alehouse Sessions – curated and devised by Bjarte Eike – is an ever changing and evolving insight into the music of the English 17th Century tavern. It gives audiences a window into this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties, and Scandinavian folk songs thrown in for good measure.

This evening we’ll invite you to music, food and beer at Kulturhuset and Tio Moncho where we will give you the feeling of an English tavern, Longyearbyen style, combined with musical madness and passion. As Bjarte Eike says: “It’s just old pop music”.  

The Alehouse Sessions have already been hailed as ‘irresistible’ [The Times], ‘superb’ [The Scotsman] and ‘fabulously unrestrained’ [The Guardian], and they have diverted away from the traditional concert model by ‘creating the effect of a late night jamming session’ [BBC Music Magazine].

This diversion from the traditional concert model is what is at the heart of the Sessions. Through the medium of these well-loved tunes, a story of the period is interwoven into the music making; creating a unique environment between audience and performer. Bjarte Eike goes into detail about what makes this special:

“The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience. If it has to be put in a historical context, the project draws its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall- going in-between the story that was being told and occurring events happening in the hall. This is in stark contrast to the 19th century drama with dark halls looking at the “gods” on stage. It is the latter which the classical mainstream industry has adapted fully.”

Using their own arrangement of the tunes, these ‘Alehouse Boys’ combine this unique format with humour, an unrivalled virtuosity and flare for improvisation.

Founded and led by Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike in 2005, Barokksolistene is now recognised as one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting groups working in the field of historically informed performance, fusing virtuoso musicianship with flawless ensemble playing. Constantly striving to reach out to new audiences, their passion to engage with folk and experimental music, improvisation, visual arts, dance and story-telling has led them to create unique concert experiences which play to sold-out audiences worldwide.


Bjarte Eike (NO): violin, vocals, artistic director

Per Buhre (SE): viola, vocals

Steven Player (UK): dance, guitar, vocals

Hans Knut Sveen (NO): harmonium, harpsichord, vocals

Soetkin Baptist (NO): vocals – guest appearance

Doors to Tio Moncho will be open. Concerts starts at 20:00

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