Sir Tom Jones. For a living legend like Tom Jones an introduction is hardly necessary. Since the 1960s he has kept going, through thick and thin, with the perseverance of a curly hamster in its perpetual wheel. He comes to St. Olav Festival revitalised and determined to have the 6000 strong audience swinging their hips before the concert is over.
For several decades this Welsh 75-year-old has sung all kinds of popular music, everything from rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul to gospel, and has sold over 100 million records. Sex Bomb, It´s Not Unusual, Kiss and Delilah are just a few of his most well-known hits.
The album Reload in 1999 confirmed that Tom Jones is still very much part of the recording scene. With sales of five million, this was the best-selling album of his then 35-year career.
Last year he released Long Lost Suitcase, the last in a triology which started with Praise and Blame in 2010 to be followed in 2012 by Spirit in the Room. Here he returns to his musical roots, to blues, gospel and soul and leads us along a path of the characteristic songs which have influenced him throughout his career. He trawls memories, stories and anecdotes with associations to the unpredictable journeys of real life and which provide unique insights into the heart and soul of an artist who, perhaps against all odds, still breaks boundaries and has a real message. His renderings of the music of artists such as Gillian Welch, the Rollings Stones, Hank Willians and Elvis are personal and refreshing.
Tom Jones was knighted by the Queen in 2006, and he has also received several awards for his contribution to music.
In addition to meeting a mature performer with a lifetime of stage experience in the Archbishop’s Courtyard, we look forward to enjoying that full, sexy baritone with all the power and zest for which Sir Tom is famous.
Eva Weel Skram have now gone solo after many years of success with the duo Eva & The Heartmaker. She will be the perfect complement to Jones with her youthful, beautiful, colorful and super-catchy electropop. Weel Skram is sure to give you a fantastic and soulful pop-vocal performances this evening.