Band Camp 2 Instructors
19 – 26 Age Group
What a great group of instructors we have for Band Camp 2. Between them they have been a part of hundreds of CDs, toured everywhere, and written hundreds upon hundreds of songs. Join them at the Little Steven’s Blues School – and in the Juke Joint Studio!
Olaf Olsen – Drums
Little Stevens Blues School welcomes Olaf Olsen as the drumming instructor for the 19 – 26 year olds this summer. A true Viking drummer, Olaf is famous for rising high behind his drums, long blonde hair and beard flying with the music. He has got the beat, and he has style. Olaf has been a mainstay in the band BigBang since 2001, and the band has been covered by such magazines as Rolling Stone. Olaf has played with Todd Rundgren, Tommy Tokyo, Stein Tore Bjella, Tim Christensen(DK), Bran Ferry, Terje Rypdal, Per Jørgensen and many more!
Morten Omlid – Guitar
Morten Omlid is our Notodden guitar hero. Morten has a long and creative background in music, including a dozen or more albums and 10 years as head of the Norwegian Blues Union. He has played live with many artists including Johnny Guitar Watson, Big Jack Johnson, Lazy Lester, Roy Gaines, Alan Haynes, Knut Reiersud, Notodden Blues Band, Knut Buen, Eric Andersen med flere.
His many many CD credits include the Norwegian Grammy winner Heaven Ain’t Ready For Me Yet and the nominated CD’s The Tree Still Standin, and Chappels and Bars and many more. Morten teaches music at the Notodden Culture School as well as the University of Southeast Norway.
Trond Ytterbø – Guitar
Yet another Notodden artist, Trond is not only an excellent guitarist, he is registered on TONO with 136 of his own compositions. He established the Notodden Blues Band in 1979, which grew in popularity to become Norway’s favorite concert band. He won the Jeremy Spencer LO Culture Prize in 2012 and the Notodden Bluesfestival Blues Prize in 2005, and now teaches at the University Colllege of Southeast Norway. He has spent time on the road touring as well, including with Jeremy Spencer from the legendary Fleetwood Mac.
Trond’s CDs include FUA. 1. 1985, Notodden Bluesband, LIVE!. 1989, Notodden Bluesband, SOUL FOOD. 2003, m/Torhild Sivertsen, 3670 Notodden. 1996, Notodden Bluesband, “Lobscouse” Terry Lehns CD, 2000, “Far away from home” Terry Lehns CD, 2010, PRØYSEN 1996, and many more.
Bård Gunnar Moe – Electric Bass
Bård is the leader of Band Camp 2, and has a long creative background, recording and performing with Union Bluesband(1998), Spoonful of Blues, Rita Engedalen, Sidiki Camara Band, Celio de Carhvalo, Kossa Diomande, Tore Brunborg, Jørund Fluge Samuelsen, Monika Norli, Frode Alnæs, Big Mama Allpax, and many more.
With a Masters in music technology at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Music College, Bård’s other experience includes studio technician work with Audioskop (Odd Nordstoga, Henning Sommero, Unni Boksasp, Jon Anders Halvorsen, Guro Von Germeten, Jan Toft, Tom Roger Ådland). He currently lectures music at the University College of Southeast Norway.
Espen Fjelle – Hammond organ & Piano
From Notodden. Member of the Kåre Virud Band and Norsk Utflukt (w/Norwegian writer Lars Saabye Christensen). Espen has played and toured with Ike Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Robben Ford, Lowell Fulson, Bernie Marsden, Webber Ford Band, James Armstrong, Roy Gaines, Alan Haynes, Louisiana Red, Earl Thomas, Knut Reiersrud, Sven Zetterberg, Kristin Berglund and others. Received a Norwegian Grammy in 2005 for the album «Ild & vann» by Kåre Virud Band. One of the original founders of Notodden Blues Festival in 1988, where he also was the festival manager up until the year 2000. Espen is now employed at Europas Blues Senter as manager for Notodden Blueseum and Juke Joint Studio.