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Arrival in Norway

We flew to Torp airport, south west of Oslo, where we were greeted by Alastair bearing this large sign, much to the bemusement of the locals.


Travelling home


Ray, Alan, Andy having coffee at Torp airport just before departure.


Stuart doing the same.

Norwegian fjord

The hutte that we visited was alongside a small fjord.


Hutte at fjord

Landing stage

Gig in Skien, Norway, near Oslo

From 5-8 December 2015 the band travelled to Skien, near Oslo in Norway.  We had a great time, hosted by Alastair and Hilde.  We played for a 60th birthday party in a local hall, visited Hilde and Alastair's hutte on a fjord and ate more food than we normally do in a month.  Travelling to Norway with a cut down PA packed into suitcases was a challenge.  Despite all the moans you normally hear about Ryanair we followed the rules and managed to pack a mixer, loads of cables, microphones and a melodeon into 2 x 15 kg suitcases.  Ray's hurdy-gurdy and fiddle got the top treatment - a seat of their own.

A short video clip and other photos and videos are shown in other posts.


Some of the band trying to understand the speeches.

Skien video



We played for a 60th birthday party.  It was an interesting night.  We were due to play from 21:00, but the speeches (in Norwegian of course) overran by a long margin and we did not get on until well after 22:00.  The drink probably added to the length of the speeches, and it rather slowed down the comprehension of English style barn dancing.  We finished at about 01:00 and by the time our maxi taxi had transported us and all the gear back to the house it was well after 02:00.  A few drinks later and it was 04:00 before getting to bed.  Luckily the return flight was not until 15:10.  Despite our best endeavours, including asking the Hollies' tour manager, we were unable to locate a drum set for hire in Norway.  So Alan had to carry his copper, Turkish drum in hand luggage.  As we headed off to the gig we passed a music shop with his favourite Gretsch kit set out in the window.

Visiting a Norwegian hutte

Norwegian fjords are famous.  After finishing our sound check on Saturday we had a couple of hours free and visited a fjord close to Skien, where Alastair and Hilde a a small hutte.  It's very popular to have a cabing in the woods, where you can go at any time of the year to enjoy the countryside.  This hutte was a the steep bank leading down to a small fjord.  It was in the process of being updated following purchase.  It's a perfect spot for relaxing, boating and walking.  Having a few beers would be great as well if they were not so expensive in Norway.  And one further thing was missing while we were there - the snow.  It was December.  We took several layers of clothing but ended up sweltering in 10° of heat.