ARNE BENONI AND LEO JACKSON PERFORMED  AT A FESTIVAL IN SCOTLAND AT EASTER WEEKEND 2005

FAN CLUB MEMBER MOGENS JENSSEN FROM DENMARK VISITED THE EVENT AND SENT A REPORT AND PICTURES.


My son Karsten and I flew to Aberdeen, rented a car there, and drove up to the North of Scotland. The Country Show was in Halkirk, a very nice little country town

 


We met Arne and Leo before their performance around 6.30 pm on Friday, March 25th. As always, it was a great pleasure to meet them. All of them, Arne, Leo and Arneís wife Britt, are kind and nice people. After we met and said hello, Arne, Leo and the band went on stage to do a sound check and then went back to the hotel to change clothes and get ready for their  performance.

 

Arne and Leo did an excellent show starting at 10:15 pm. It was wonderful to see our good friends in top condition doing the greatest show we had ever seen.

 


The next day, Saturday, March 26th, Arne and Leo performed at 12:45 pm and again put on a fantastic show for us. After they finished signing autographs and doing radio interviews, we teamed up and had wonderful time with Leo, Arne and his wife Britt. We had lunch together and shared a good time with our wonderful friends.


from left to right: Leo Jackson, Brit Benoni, Arene Benoni and Karsten Jenssen. Picture taken by Mogens  Jenssen. 

 

If  you ever have the chance to see Arne and Leo in concert, please go. You will see a great show and leave with wonderful memories. 



    Mogens Jenssen.

For more pictures of Arne and Leo click here.

Arie  interviewed both Leo Jackson and Arne Benoni about the show and here are their comments:

Leo Jackson : "I thought the show in Halkirk was great. We had a good crowd, and even though Willie Nelson was playing in a town not far away, we had a fully packed house. We really enjoyed our part of the show. Arne was the headliner of the show and sold more CDs than anybody. The people were especially nice, very nice! I'll never forget that and Iíd love to go back."

Arne Benoni : "We traveled by plane from Sandefjord, Norway to Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday, March 24th, and drove to our hotel in Thurso by car. It was a long drive, and especially hard since we had to drive on "the wrong side of the road. The roads in Northern Scotland were narrow and winding. With the darkness came rain and fog so we felt lucky and relieved to get to the hotel without any accidents." 

"On Friday, we woke up to a beautiful sunny day. My piano player and I did a 30 minute show in a local nursing home in the afternoon and the old people acted like the concert took them back to younger days. They sang along on all the songs and especially enjoyed Jim Reevesí hits." 

"At 6:30 pm, it was time for sound check. I always felt the importance of doing sound checks, especially when visiting new countries, not knowing how they set up the equipment and how the stage is laid out. This was my first visit to Scotland, by the way."

"The venue was in a large horse riding hall in Halkirk, a 15 minute drive from our hotel. The sound check came off well, and after a chat with the arrangers and the Jenssens, our Danish friends, we headed back to the hotel." 

"The show that night came off really well, and from the first song, people hit the huge dance floor. We could tell by the rousing applause that they enjoyed the show. A local line dance group was present at one side of the stage in a fenced area. It was the first time I saw anybody line dance to a slow waltz!" 

"Our second and last show was on Saturday afternoon and was more of a pure concert with people just listening and applauding. We played for about 2,000 people during those shows. After the concert we talked to a bunch of people, including some radio stations, and signed a lot of autographs." 

"It was nice to get a chance to meet old and new fans. Some had seen us at Wembley in London some years back. The arrangers and their staff were just wonderful."

"Time flies when you enjoy yourself and before we knew it was time to go to the hotel and get some rest before our departure." 

"The only plane back to Norway was scheduled for Sunday morning, so unfortunately, we had to leave Thurso around midnight to make sure we got to Glasgow in time."

"My impression is that the Scottish people were receptive and liked the shows. According to the arrangers, the shows were a big success. I'd love to go back to Scotland."

"Here's the list of songs we did on the shows. Each capital letter in brackets refers to the key we played the song in."

1. MEXICAN JOE (D)
2. WAITING FOR A TRAIN (E)
3. FOUR WALLS (A)
4. BLUE BOY (C)
5. IíM GONNA CHANGE EVERYTHING (A)
6. ANNA MARIE (A)
7. WILDWOOD FLOWER (Instrumental Leo) (C)
8. AM I LOSING YOU (A)
9. BILLY BAYOU (D)
10. DISTANT DRUMS (D)
11. CARAVAN (Instrumental Leo) (D)
12. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE (F)
13. YONDER COMES A SUCKER (D)
14. WELCOME TO MY WORLD (D)
15. ALABAMA JUBILEE (Instrumental Leo) (C)
16. HEíLL HAVE TO GO (C)
17. IF I LIVE TO BE A HUNDRED (C)
18. ADIOS AMIGO (A)
19. SNOW FLAKE (B)


In September, Leo Jackson will return to Europe to do a show with Arne Benoni at a Norwegian festival in the town of Leknes, Lofoten.

http://www.lofoten-countryfestival.com/

Again, you will be informed about the concert here.