JJ’s Musik biografi

Kirkegaardsfestival-039Doug Morter & JJ, The Great Dane.
KirkegaardsFestival 2013

English at the bottom. 

JJ, The Great Dane har sin helt egen musikalske baggrund.

Egentlig er han impresario. Ad åre kom han selv med på scenen, inviteret af bands og artister som blandt andre Doug Morter, Jerry Donahue, Jonathan Ash, Ivan Drever, Johnn Tordenro, The Islanders, Two stroke, KNUS og mange andre ligesom han i ind og udland har jammet med talent og etablerede musikere, det er efterhånden blevet til op i mod et tusinde gigs/koncerter som arrangør og musikere.

JJ har i band sammenhæng været co stifter af Rock the Jock, Cross borders, The Great Dane’s samt medlem af det Hollandske/danske band Blues Experince, med hvem live cd’en ”The bar is open” blev optaget på en Holland turné i 2009.

Blue’n’Fair er JJ’s nuværende intime bandprojekt. Her inviterer han musikalske venner med og træder op på spillesteder hvor publikum og atmosfæren er tæt og insisterende med folk, blues og rock rytmer.

Når han træder op er det – som regel – i svingende kilt, i en af de to tartans som han selv har designet og ladet væve i Skotland, tilsyneladende som de første og pt. eneste danske tartans, om end der er historiker som fortæller at vores gammel vikinger også bar datidens form for kilt, på lige fod som med Kelterne, så det virker i den sammenhæng originalt rigtigt at det er bodhran, den ikoniske keltiske tromme, han spiller på. Det er dog yderst sjældent at opleve bodhran brugt i anden sammenhæng end folkemusikken, men i Blue’N’Fair tilfører JJ instrumentet dimensioner der muliggør andre genre. I øvrigt bringer han også med glæde sin Cajon – et andet bas rytme instrument – med på scenen.

English.

JJ, The Great Dane, has his own musical background.

As an impresario, promoter/musician, he has experienced up to a thousand gigs/concerts, both as a player, and organiser.

After being invited to play on stage with such artists as Doug Morter, Jerry Donahue, Jonathan Ash, John Tordenro, Ivan Drever, The Islanders, Two Stroke, Knus plus many others, he has joined on stage many other noted musicians, home and abroad, but also has played with his own bands, Rock The Jock, Cross Borders, The Great Dane’s, and also the Dutch/Danish blues band, Blues Experience, with whom he recorded a live CD, “The Bar Is Open”, in Holland in 2009.

Blue’n Fair is JJ’s own band project, where the invitation is open to all his musical friends to join him in an intimate atmosphere, with audience near at hand, to enjoy the rhythmic folk/blues/rock sensation that is generated by the audience and band.

When JJ appears, it will usually be in full kilt, made from one of the two tartan, designed by himself, and created for him in Scotland, as the two first and only (so far) Viking Tartans, although historians believe, that the Vikings had their own version of the kilt, and that there are strong similarities with the Scots, and their ancestors, The Celts. And it is with this in mind, JJ has taken the most ancient of Celtic instruments, the bodhran, the drum of the Celts, the most iconic of Irish/Celtic instruments, and styled it to suit all of the areas of music JJ appreciates. Along with the Cajon (another form of bass rhythm instrument), JJ, and Blue’n Fair uses the bodhron and cajon, not only with folk music, but in all the other forms of roots and blues music that they feel for playing.