7.3.13

BBC á vitjan


Tað er ikki á hvørjum degi at bretska sjónvarpsstøðin BBC vitjar í Føroyum, og ein sjálvur sleppur til orðanna við kvittan og øllum. Eitt skotskt sjónvarpslið, sum telur fýra, hevur fylgt Evi Tausen úr Írlandi til Føroya. Vitjanin er partur av arbeiðinum hjá Ferðaráðnum at bjóða útlendskum fjølmiðlum til Føroya, sigur Súsanna Sørensen. Á myndini omanfyri og niðanfyri gera tey upptøkur til eina fýra tímar langa sending í heyst, tá tey fara at senda um countrytónleik í Thurso og Føroyum. Starvsfelagin, Rói Joensen, tók myndirnar á gongini í Námi, har skotski sjónvarpsverturin, Michael Douglas, eftir at hava prátað við Jákup Zachariassen og Kristian Blak, vildi hava at vita, hví og hvussu countrytónleikur kom til Føroya og bleiv so væl umtóktur, sum hann er, bæði á bygd og í bý. Her er mín grundgeving:

In the fifties young people started to work and earn their own money. They listened to Radio Luxembourg and soon got to know every star of the day, and invested in turntables and records. In Tórshavn they listened to jazz and travelled to Copenhagen, where they studied and became doctors and lawyers and such. However, in the remote villages, young people listened to country music they knew from the modern long line fishers from Flemish Cap and the Grand Banks. When ashore, these local fishermen always brought home with them the country records of the day, Jim Reeves and Buck Owens, and later Charley Pride. Far away from the educated people in Tórshavn, the working man in the fishing villages created a subculture, where listening to country music is of importance, because a good country song is excactly about longing and being away, seperated from your loved ones, while at work, and the sun is setting over the sea. In the working man’s mind, this image relates to the lonely cowboy, riding towards the sun setting over the plains. The Faroese cowboy is a fisherman, contemplating over the endless North Atlantic sea, while the sun is setting, just thinking of his loved ones at home. Longing is the word. In this way, country music historically is a part of the Faroese village communities with barn dances, working men and excessive drinking, while at home from fishing trips that could last up to six months. Having spent their money, driving in taxies and drinking, they left the village for fishing again. While always feeling stucked in the middle between home and work, they found comfort in country songs by Hank Williams that they learned by heart. And then they left it all behind for the Grand Banks once again, longing. At that time this type of music was not at all popular in cool intellectual Tórshavn, where they looked down on the drunk fisherman, his sentiments and his music. Nowadays, country music is popular all over the islands and is the most played style of music in the national radio, Kringvarp Føroya.