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THORBJØRN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO

Friday 14 June

Danmark might not seem the most likely place to bring forth a blues band, but try telling Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado that! Founder Risager grew up with two music teachers for parents; it would have been strange not to pick up a range of instruments himself. He discovered the music of B.B. King and Ray Charles in his late teens and had long been singing the blues when he enrolled in the conservatory in Copenhagen. He formed what would later become Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado in 2003. They have released eight albums so far, the latest being 2022’s Navigation Blues. The multi-award-winning band has opened for Bonnie Raitt and Tedeschi Trucks Band, and have toured no less than 24 countries with their mix of soul, Chicago blues, boogie and rock ‘n’ roll.