At the end of August Helen Sjöholm & Tomas Andersson Wij will share the stage during four exclusive late summer evenings in Uppsala, Stockholm, Helsingborg and Kalmar. The two artists are planning to mix their repertoire, sing each other’s songs, do duets and give lots of room for talks. Tickets for A late summer evening with Helen Sjöholm & Tomas Andersson Wij are released on Friday.
In 2016 SVT (Swedish television) broadcasted two acclaimed seasons of the program Tomas Andersson Wij plays with, where TAW sang and conversed with famous artist colleagues such as Peter LeMarc and Veronica Maggio. One of the artists Tomas wanted to have in season two was Helen Sjöholm, but they didn’t manage to match their calendars. Thus was the idea of implementing an artist meeting without TV cameras born, and at a few different locations in Sweden.
At first glance they may seem like an odd couple. Helen Sjöholm, multiple award-winning singer and actress, who’s done everything from musicals and folk music, the Swedish charts to Harry Martinsson. Tomas Andersson Wij, singer-songwriter, a former journalist, who with nine albums and extensive touring slowly has penetrated deeper and deeper into the consciousness of the Swedes, in the autumn a participant in Så mycket bättre. But Helen and Thomas have many of their musical and lyrical rootlets intertwined. When they scout covers for the summer concerts mutual favorites like Judee Sill and Olle Adolphson are mentioned.
– In 2009 I got a call from Helen, Tomas recalls. She asked me if I wanted to translate Billy Joel songs for her. I had not heard much Billy Joel, but the more Helen Sjöholm. It’s very easy to write for Helen. My language sounds great in her mouth and when she has objections they are razor sharp. To then hear the lyrics, that I’ve mumbled out, delivered by her – it’s like going from VHS to widescreen.
The result was the album Euforia – Helen Sjöholm sings Billy Joel, which was met with rave reviews and sold well. On the subsequent tour Helen sang not only Tomas Andersson Wij’s Billy Joel interpretations but also his own song Ett slag för dig.
– Have ever since the cooperation with the album Euforia wanted to work with Tomas again and now it’s finally happening!!, Helen says.
During the four exclusive concerts in the summer the two artists will mix their repertoire, sing each other’s songs, do duets and give lots of room for talks.
– We will not overrepeat this, Tomas says. We want it to feel spontaneous and free. Our only problem right now is to opt-out songs that we want to do.
A late summer evening with Helen Sjöholm & Tomas Andersson Wij, tour dates:
August 27 – Uppsala, Parksnäckan
August 28 – Stockholm, Mosebacke
August 30 – Helsingborg, Pålsjö Mat & Bar
August 31 – Kalmar, Krusenstierska Gården
Tickets are available by blixten.se/taw
For further information, please contact:
Sandra Nordin, Blixten & Co, 0706-973959, firstname.lastname@example.org