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BIRDS ON THE WIRE

a tribute to Leonard Cohen

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Jacque Lauritsen

From the concert at Vega, Copenhagen June 3rd 1999 - photo by Martin E. Carlsen

BIRDS ON THE WIRE is the name. Leonard Cohen is the subject. Playing his songs is the project. Thus, a 10-piece band made their first public appearance in the concert hall of VEGA, Copenhagen - Denmark, on June 3rd 1999.
The event was a sell out several days before. 400 people attended a 3-hour tour de force through 20 Cohen classics, arranged and performed very close to the scenario of Leonard's '88 and '93 tour.

BIRDS ON THE WIRE is founded by Danish actor and singer Jacque Lauritsen who has previously set up similar tributes to Bob Dylan and French chansonnier Jacques Brel. In both cases the ambition was to catch the autentic sound and feeling of the artist in question within a unique merger of music and theatrical concept. In view of the enthusiasm among the audience at VEGA also BIRDS ON THE WIRE seem to have struck the nerve! All through the evening the band was encouraged by warm acclamation culminating in the cheer for 4 encores.
Due to the overwhelming response the Cohen tribute has been succesfully repeated twice, and new concerts are about to be scheduled. In a wider perspective BIRDS ON THE WIRE are very keen to go abroad and (hopefully) please Cohen-fans in other countries, so if anyone's got a good idea don't hesitate mailing us. birdsonthewire@yahoo.dk or call our booking agent Sven E. Hansen: phone +45 3295 1798.



The press wrote :
"As a rule we never recommend cover music. However, it was an outstanding experience to witness Jacque Lauritsen's tribute to Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen. The performance of the 10-piece band, including stringers and two female singers, was excellent indeed, and Jacque Lauritsen hit the deep Cohen notes so that all true fans could close their eyes and imagine the master himself on stage..." Jyllands-Posten, Denmark



The audience wrote :
"What a great tribute! The atmosphere was unvbelievable, and as long as we can't hear Leonard live, Birds On The Wire is a fantastic alternative. Congratulations!" Received by email

You can listen to RealAudio versions of the following songs from previous concerts :

Bird On The Wire
Ain't No Cure For Love
Joan Of Arc
First We Take Manhattan
Closing Time
Never Any Good
Who By Fire
One Of Us Cannot Be wrong
Hallelujah
So Long Marianne
Heart With No Companion
 
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All songs are © Birds On The Wire, Denmark, 1999.
Posted with the author's permission.
For personal use only - Any other use prohibited


BIRDS ON THE WIRE: Jacque Lauritsen: Vocals/Guitar - Marianne Dollerup: Vocals - Evy Krogh: Vocals - Jacob Stenz: Keyboards - Pete Hegn: Guitars - Pete Livingstone: Violin/Keyboards - June Beltoft: Saxes/Tambourine - Jens Tolsgaard: Mandola/Accordion/Piano - Rasmus Grosell: Drums - Svend Dyhr Hansen: Bass

The latest concert took place at Vega on May 25th 2000.

   

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