Biography

Publiners is a band from Brønnøysund, Nordland, Norway. Their music is inspired by different kinds of folk, folk-rock and folk-inspired music. The band themselves has labelled their music “Folk’n’roll.” Publiners has excisted since1997, originally doing mainly cover versions of irske folk songs and ballads, yet under the strong influence of the band members’ backgrunds as rock musicians. Ever since the beginning Publiners has been writing their own music. The first couple of years with the lyrics being in English. Their first album, “Folk’n’roll” realeased 2003, contained only two of the bands own songs, in English.

In 2004 Publiners decided to put their energy into making more of their own songs, and to start writing lyrics in Norwegian.This transition culminated into the album “Heim” (translates “Home” or “Going home”) relased 2005.

This release marked a turningpoint in the bands career. Since 2005 Publiners has experienced somwhat of a success, as each new album has given them a bit more approval, both from the ciritcs and from the audience. Publiners is still influenced by folk music and folk-rock, but the cross-over elements from other kinds of music are ever more visible. Strong vocal harmonies has always been a part of their style.

Among references made by critics are Norwegian bands Vamp, Hellbillies and DDE. Swedish band Nordman has also been mentioned, in addition to pure pop and rock references like Tre små Kinesere, Postgirobygget and Uriah Heep (!!).

Songs like “Maja” (2005), “Toft” (2008) and “Bær me over” has been on heavy rotation on NRK P1, Norways biggest radio channel. Among other best known songs are “God natt” (2008), “Fritt Fram” (2008) and “Te Stein” (2009).

Publiners has earned a reputation as great live performers, and is still touring Norway on a yearly basis. A live recording from Parkteateret, Oslo, is set to be broadcasted on NRK P1, october 29th 2010.

Album releases:
Folk’n’roll (2003). In English. Recorded at Hønsehuset lydstudio in Bodø, produced by Are Simonsen
Heim (2005). Recorded at Studio Nord in Mosjøen, produced by Fred Endresen
Driv (2008). Recorded at Studio Nord in Mosjøen, produced by Fred Endresen
Herlig (2010). Recorded at Studio Nord in Mosjøen, produced by Fred Endresen

Present band members:
Ronny Bertelsen (f. 1969), lead vocals and whistles, in the band since 1997. Main lyricist and occational co-singwriter. Older brother of Bertil.

Bertil Bertelsen (f. 1972), accoustic guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals and whistles, in the band since 1997. Main songwriter, lyricist. Younger brother of Ronny.

Morten R. Horn (f. 1966), accoustic and electric guitars, banjo and backing vocals. In the band since 1997. Songwriter and lyricist. Morten is first cousin to the Bertelsen-brothers mother.

Olav J. Nygaard (f. 1972), bass and backing vocals. In the band since 1998. Songwriter and lyricist. Olav is second cousin to the Bertelsen-brothers.

Roy Bjørnli (f. 1962), drums, in the band since 1998. Occational co-songwriter and co-lyricist.

Former band members:
Ken-Børre Langås, bass and backing vocals, played with the band 1997-1998.
Sveinung Brattland, drums, played with the band 1997-1998
Rune Pettersen, keyboards and accordeon, played with the band 1999-2007
Vidar Tilrem, fiddle and banjo, played with the band 2007-2008
Fred Endresen, keyboards, accordeon and backing vocals, played with the band 2007-2010

Edited by kongr on 30 Sep 2010, 10:11

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