Troels Skovgaard

Troels Skovgaard

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Troels Skovgaard takes the listeners into a musical universe with inspiration from west-coast music, rock and blues. Troels Skovgaard's music is original. You needn’t hear many seconds of the first tune to find out that this is great music!

Biography

Troels Skovgaard began to play guitar at the age of 12 after having heard “Here Comes the Sun” from the Abbey Road album of the Beatles.

After having played in different coverbands and studied for 2 years at the Conservatory of Classical Music, Troels and 4 other guys started a Rock´n roll band called "The Bamboo Brothers" in 1983.

The Bamboo Brothers. toured a lot in DK, and a little in Sweden and Germany and made two albums: "No Easy Way" and "Bamboo Brothers".
Troels started to get jobs as a sideman too and over the years he has played/recorded with a lot of Danish and foreign artists. Bamboo Brothers split up in 1995, and Troels went on with his own music as well as producing a little here and there.

He released his first solo album: ”Troels Skovgaard” in 2002. The same year he went to Los Angeles with “Engqvist Orkester” where he met and played with two of his heroes, Alex Acuna (drums & percussion) and Justo Almario (sax & flute).

In the fall 2003 Troels started recordings for two new albums (one with songs, one with instrumental tunes) together with his band. Alex Acuna, Justo Almario, Toots Thielemans, Jimmy Haslip, Kenwood Dennard, Ze Grey and Bob Bailey (musicians that Troels has met and played with over the years) who were all visiting Copenhagen during the recording-process joined in and dubbed beautiful stuff on some of the tracks.
At some point of the recordings Troels decided to turn the two projects into one and make a double album.

His double album ”No matter how far I go” was released in February 2006.

In June 2007 one of Troels songs “They talk too much” reached the final of “The blues Heritage Contest” that is a part of “the Lakeside Bluesfestival” in Finland. Troels went there to perform his song, which is now on air in Finland, Denmark and even Australia.

Lyrics

Song for Leon

Written By: Troels Skovgaard

About this tune: Instrumental

‘Song for Leon’ is a little playful moment for the acoustic guitar, perhaps inspired by the super band Koinonia?
I am honoured to have their fantastic saxophone virtuoso Justo Almario playing along with me on the b - and c parts.
Dedicated to my son Leonardo.

MUSICIANS:
Troels Skovgaard: Acoustic and electric guitars
Justo Almario: Tenor saxophone
Dan Rasmussen: Bass
Niels Ratzer: Drums
Frede Ewert: Fender Rhodes, organ
Henning Hansen: Keyboard
Rune Olesen: Percussion

Antonio's Blues

Written By: Troels Skovgaard

About this tune: Instrumental

A bluesy tune, that I would like to dedicate to a young guy who was meaninglessly killed on his first trip to Copenhagen.

MUSICIANS:
Troels Skovgaard: Electric guitars
Dan Rasmussen: Bass
Niels Ratzer: Drums
Michael Sunding: Electric piano, organ
Bob Ricketts: Tenor saxophone

No Matter How far I Go

Written By: Troels Skovgaard / Mikael Roupé

I could wait forever
Just as long as we’ll be together
And your love means
The world to me
So much more than words can explain Girl you know that some day
I’ll be back here again

I was lost and lonely
Baby you were the one and only Cause your love is
A star in the sky
So much more than words can say Girl you know that some day
I’ll be back here to stay

No matter how long it takes
A day a month a year
Some day I’ll be by your side
No matter how far I go
There’ll always be
Just a little part of you in me

MUSICIANS:
Troels Skovgaard: Lead vocal, acoustic and electric guitars
Justo Almario: Tenor saxophone, Nanna Lüders: Back up vocals
Dan Rasmussen: Bass
Niels Ratzer, Hans Fagt: Drums
Jesper Mejlvang: Keyboards
Rune Olesen: Percussion
Henning Hansen, Jesper Mejlvang: Percussion programming

Procida

Written By: Troels Skovgaard

About this tune: Instrumental

Procida is a small island in southern Italy. It’s one of the most wonderful places on Earth and I often dream of it during the endless Scandinavian winter. Justo Almario takes us there with his 1st take flutetrack right from the heart.

MUSICIANS:
Troels Skovgaard: Acoustic and electric guitars
Justo Almario: Flute
Dan Rasmussen: Bass
Alex Acuna: Drums
Frede Ewert: Fender Rhodes
Henning Hansen: Keyboard
Rune Olesen: Percussion

La Fanciulla di Alghero

Written By: Troels Skovgaard

About this tune: Instrumental

The notes flew into my head while having a good time under the sun in Alghero, Sardinia.

MUSICIANS:
Troels Skovgaard: Acoustic guitar
Nicolai Schultz: Flute
Jon Bruland: Bass
Klaus Menzer: Drums
Frede Ewert: Fender Rhodes
Henning Hansen: Keyboard
Rune Olesen: Percussion

They Talk too Much

Written By: Troels Skovgaard/Niels Mosumgaard

They tell me I´m a wreckless person
They tell me I waste my time
Running around at bars till late at nite
They don´t seem to see
I´ve got a steady job

Chorus
They talk too much X 3
While I pay my dues
I keep on playing the blues

They tell me to run for the future
They want me to dream of the past
They try to make me do just the way that they want me to
But I live in presence
Cause I know it´ll last

They talk too much
While I pay my dues
I keep on playing
I still keep on playing the blues

They say the world is going yonder
I wouldn´t wonder if it did
But when they cry at night in loneliness
I´ll play my guitar just to ease their pain

Solo

They talk too much…

MUSICIANS:
Troels Skovgaard: Lead & back up vocals, guitars
Frede Ewert: El-piano, Organ
Dan Rasmusen: Bass
Martin Stender: Guitar
Kasper Langkjaer: Drums
Lars Nielsen: Back up vocals, vocoder
Mikala Bosetti: Back up vocals

Discography

2006
No Matter How Far I Go - double album, CD1 vocal/CD2 instrumental
Artist: Troels Skovgaard
Label: In The House Records - DK

2004
Svæve som en sommerfugl
Artist: James Rasmussen
Troels Skovgaard’s performance: Producer, guitarist, bassist and arrangement
Label: Mill Music - DK

2002
Troels Skovgaard
Artist: Troels Skovgaard
Label: Selina Records - DK

2001
No time at all
Artist: Michael Vesterskov
Troels Skovgaard’s performance: Co-producer, guitarist, back up vocals Label: Sand Aps - DK

2000
Optimism
Artist: Engqvist´s orkester
Troels Skovgaard’s performance: Producer, guitarist, back up vocals
Label: Baloo - DK

1996
Lyv mig natten lys – (Nomination to 2 Danish Grammies)
Artist: Laura Illeborg
Troels Skovgaard’s performance: Composer, producer, arrangement, guitarist, back up vocals
Label: Kick music - DK

1994
Bamboo Brothers
Artist: Bamboo Brothers
Troels Skovgaard’s performance: Guitarist of the band, back up vocals, composer and co-producer
Label: Kick Music - DK

1993
No easy way
Artist: Bamboo Brothers
Troels Skovgaard’s performance: Guitarist of the band, back up vocals, composer and co-producer
Label: Kick Music - DK

Set List

Set: 60 min. x 2

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