About Lazy Afternoon

“Sparkling Country spiced with Tex-Mex, Cajun and Rock’n’roll”

Gotlandic Lazy Afternoon plays rocking americana. The band gives you lovely songs, great harmony singing, howling electric guitar, hot rytmic accordeon and lively sweet fiddle. And so the Irish bouzoukin of course. All in all, this creates Lazy afternoon and the sound and music that makes it hard to sit still.

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Lazy Afternoon – Almost Home

Bo till Anna

It all began as a solo project for Bo Ahlbertz with mostly co-written songs. The album was named Lazy Afternoon. To perform the songs, a band with the same name as the album was put together. Stefan Magnusson was on the bass and backing vocals from the start. Band members came and went and sometime at the turn of 2014/2015 we took a decision to record a bunch of songs. Stefan (bass and harmonies), Jörgen Ahlqvist (melodeons), André Kristiansson (electric guitars and backing vocals), Mattias Svensson (drums) and Bo (bouzouki, guitar, autoharp and vocals ). Five of them were released as singles during 2015 and in winter they recorded the rest. Now Pontus Nordborg came in on electric guitar instead of André, who had moved to Stockholm. The album “Whatever!” was released  in the spring of 2016.

In the summer of 2016, Cristina Säfsten (guitar and vocals) joined the band and took over the lead vocal on several songs and also some duets between her and Bo..

2017  Maria Nordseth (choir and percussion) also joined. Now there was enough strong singers to create lovely harmonies, two really talented soloists on accordion and guitar and a solid rhythm section and good songwriters. Lazy Afternoon released a sample of what was to come in the spring of 2018. A two songs single that gave fine reviews. The songs “Every Times” and “Water” where mentioned in the well known american net magazine “No Depression” with a fine review. 

Shortly before they recorded the rest of the album in the fall of 2018, Mattias decided to quit. Said and done, Stefan had to change the bass to the drums and Lars Johansson came in on bass.

When they released their second studio album with studio engineer Anders Nordh, they got a record deal with a small label Paraply Records and Peter Holmstedt for releasing and marketing. 

The album was released on the Paraply record, which released the latest Mikael Ramel album and ditributed by Red Eye Distribution.

Maria left the band in the late atumn 2019.

At the beginning of 2020 the pandemi hit us all. With no gigs and Cristina down in Malmö and soon becaming a parent. They decided to start recording a new album. During the summer they had some smaller gigs and in the beginning of november 2020 they released the first of several songs, “Wild”.

Then of different reasons it took half a year until the next song was released. “Trapped”.
This summer slowly we can start playing live again for smaller audience. We got a new member on percussions and fiddle this summer. Elvira Hall. 

The Pandemi came back during the autumn and we released the third single “My Harbour Home”. And during the winter we finished the new album “Just As Poor As Before”. Release May 6 2022. We also needed to to some changes in the lineup. Stefan is back on the bass and we had some auditions for a new drummer., where we found Pontus Kristiansson and Anna-Nora Pihl Andersson who alternate between themselves. We also got a replacement singer/acoustic guitar player in Mia Nilsson who fills in for Cristina when she’s not able to play with us due to long travels and lack of time.

Looking forward to play live again. 

/ Bo Ahlbertz

Line up:
Bo Ahlbertz – irish bouzouki, banjo & vocals

Cristina Säfsten – acoustic guitar & vocals
Elvira Hall – washboard, fiddle, percussion & vocals
Jörgen Ahlqvist – accordion & melodeons
Anna-Nora Phil Andersson/ Pontus Kristiansson – drums
Ludvig Lazarz – electric guitar & vocals
Stefan Magnusson – Bass & vocals
Janne Lundstein – Sound engineer

Releases:
The singles “Any Road”, “As Time is Passing”, “Before you fall asleep”, “Goodbye” and “Viva La Quinta Brigada”  (2015, Artache)
CD-Album “Whatever!” (May 2016, Artache)

Vinyl Album” Whatever!” (Oct 2016, Artache)
Single “Every Time” (May 2018, Artache)
CD-Album “Almost Home” (May 2019, Paraply/Artache)
Single “Wild” (Oct 2020 Paraply/Artache)
Single “Trapped (April 2021 Paraply/Artache)
Single “May Harbour Home” (Nov 2021 Paraply/Artache)
Album “Just As Poor As Before” May 2022 Paraply/Artache)

Former members:
Jeff Lindqvist – mandolin

Lars Krutof – dobro
André Kristiansson – electric guitar
Mattias Svensson – drums
Maria Nordseth – percussions & vocals
Lars Johansson – bass
Magnus Gillander – drums
Pontus Nordborg – electric guitar

Beloved guests on stage:
Peter Tomsson – accordion & melodeons
Jonas Ahlström – drums
Lars Johansson – bass
Bie Karlsson – electric guitar
Sten Flader – electric guitar
Magnus Gillander – drums

Guests and workpartners:
Sofia Lilja – backing vocals on Whatever!
Christian Hoy – Backin vocals on Whatever!
Maria Nordseth – backing vocals on “Just As Poor As Before” 
Anders Nordh – backing vocals on As Time Is Passing Bye and also studioenginering and mastering in general.
Robin Larsson – banjo on “Who Am I To Say” and mixing album  “Just As Poor As Before” 
Linus Larsson for mastering the same album
Ancha Ahlbertz for all artwork.
Roger Johansson & Emma Wulcan for Photos

 

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