Randi met Bjørn Eidsvåg in 2006 when she played the lead role in the musical drama Skyfri himmel (Cloudless Skies) (Olaug Nilssen/Bjørn Eidsvåg) in Rogaland Theatre.
“I think it’s fantastic that after all these years Bjørn is joining me and interpreting one of my songs. Thinking about the title and mood of this album, it’s easy to understand that I wanted a partner with integrity and credibility,” Randi tells us.
2020 has been a challenging year for us all. There has been so much to deal with and we are getting tired of all the restrictions. Right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic Randi also had to face her gravest personal crisis. In July, a large tumour was found that was pressing on her auditory nerve. It was benign, but the operation she would have to undergo included a risk of loss of hearing, facial paralysis and poor balance. This cast a dark cloud on her artistic career. A few weeks before the operation her lyrics partner Helge Torvund sent her his first draft of Trøstevise (Comforting Song). Helge’s lyrics went straight to her heart. Her yearning and need for comfort had found their expression.
Now she is hoping that this song may also help others. Within it there is frailty and vulnerability, but also hope that better days are not far off on the horizon. Comfort can bring us closer together.
The title of the album, to be released by KKV on 17 September, is “Trøsteviser for redde netter” (Comforting Songs For Fearful Nights).
Randi Tytingvåg: vocals
Bjørn Eidsvåg: vocals
Dag Vagle: guitar
Erlend E. Aasland: mandola
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle
Vidar Kenneth Johansen: bass clarinet
Børge Fjordheim: drums, percussion, glockenspiel
Lyrics: Helge Torvund and Randi Tytingvåg
Music: Randi Tytingvåg