Orsa by Night
Thomas Tidholm & Jonas Knutsson
Thomas Tidholm is a major musician/photographer/poet/dramatist/author to come out of the progressive era in Sweden. He played in many of its major music groups like International Harvester, Träd, Gräs & Stenar, Arbete & Fritid, Hot Boys.
His first published poetry came in 1963 and he has since stood author to c:a 20 own books, the last, Hilding Kvists minnen, was published in 2014. Together with his wife he has published some 30 children’s books.
Thomas played clarinet since an early age and has devoted many years to Swedish folk music on that instrument and has received the Zorn medal in bronze. Thomas met Jonas at a course teaching the playing of folk tunes on wind instruments in connection with the Hovra Meet in northern Hälsingland. Jonas taught, Thomas was an enthusiastic participant. Something clicked, and after three days of talking and playing they were on stage. Since then they have collaborated and in 2007 they made a CD with poetry and horns called Himlen Har Inga Hål (Heaven Has No Holes). From there their common musical journey continued, now in a little room on Brännkyrkagatan in Stockholm and five years of recording and playing together turned into the album Orsa by Night.
Viktor Gårdsäter has caught them in Jonas’ studio during work: