Folk singer Sofia Talvik com­ing to Levin

Horowhenua Chronicle - - OPEN HOMES - By PAUL WIL­LIAMS

A Swedish folk singer her­alded for her cap­ti­vat­ing stage pres­ence has booked a gig in Levin as part of a world tour.

Sofia Talvik, who has toured 47 states in the US and is about to take on Europe, will bring her vi­o­lins, cel­los, trom­bones and acous­tic gui­tars to the Levin Cos­mopoli­tan Club next month.

Talvik was de­scribed as an Swedish-Amer­i­can folk singer who had a heavy tint of her Scan­di­na­vian her­itage com­ing through in live per­for­mance - “a North Sea siren blend­ing sparkle and melan­choly”.

It was her first time tour­ing New Zealand. Her 2019 world tour was tak­ing in many “in­ti­mate” places like the Levin Cos­mopoli­tan Club, de­scribed as per­fect set­tings for an even­ing of heart­felt mu­sic.

Crit­ics had com­pared her to folk gi­ants Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, but with a down to earth sound that brought out a raw qual­ity that is de­liv­ered best in live per­for­mance.

Driven by a steady beat through foot per­cus­sion and rhyth­mic gui­tar pick­ing, it was hard to be­lieve she was ac­tu­ally alone on stage.

Grow­ing up in Swe­den, her mu­sic had a tint of Scan­di­na­vian her­itage that comes through in the seven full-length al­bums she had made.

Her de­but al­bum Blue Moon was re­leased in 2005 to crit­i­cal ac­claim fol­lowed by Street of Dreams in 2007, which fea­tured a duet with In­die pop icon Bernard But­ler from British band Suede.

Her lat­est al­bum Big Sky Countr was named one of the five best Amer­i­cana al­bums of the year by British news­pa­per The Tele­graph. It cel­e­brated her love of the vast­ness of the US and the peo­ple she met there on the road.

Talvik had toured the US sev­eral times ex­ten­sively fol­low­ing an ap­pear­ance at the Lol­la­palooza fes­ti­val in Chicago in 2008, had played at SxSW, and opened for artists like Maria Mc­Kee and David Du­chovny.

Sofia Tav­lik plays at Levin Cos­mopoli­tan Club on Fe­bru­ary 6.

Swedish folk singer Sofia Talvik has in­cluded a gig in Levin on her tour of New Zealand.

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