Jolly Jumper"Kjell Inge Brovold", born 1965, has played the harp for many years, and you can hear Little Walter, Sonny Boy and James Cotton influence his way of blowing. He also a skilled blues singer with a strong voice plays the guitar in a very Blind Boy Fuller way. Jolly is also the founder of Blues in Hell festival and Hell Artist Booking. Mr. Jumper is an excellent songwriter and has on several occasions over the past couple of decades also toured and recorded with legends like Louisiana Red, The Holmes Brothers, Big Jack Johnson, Nine Below Zero, Solomon Burke, Bernie Marsden, Magic Slim, Bernie Marsden, Michael Roach, Philadelphia Jerry Ricks, Reidar Larsen and Diz Watson.
Big Moe"Jan Erik Moe", born 1950, has played the blues guitar since the mid-60`s, at that time influenced by Buddy Guy and Freddy King. He then started playing acoustic 6 string guitar, and you can hear a lot of Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and John Jackson in his style. Moe also plays the 12 strings, mandolin and the slide steel guitar like no one, and his singing sounds like Tom Waits on a shitty day. His song writing is at the top of the hill and as a melody maker in the old tradition he’s among the best there is. Moe has toured the US several times and especially around the San Francisco, Berkley and Oakland area. One of his highlights was to play “Blues in the Park” festival in Vaccaville. Moe also played in Norway’s greatest rock bands of all time, Prudence!
This fabulous blues duo has existed for more than 20 years. The harp and guitar has been a traditional format in the blues history, and they are giving you the best of what they consider is the best of the acoustic blues tradition. Their music goes back to the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. The Jumper and Moe play in different styles like the Mississippi slide or harp style, or the sweet Piedmont way of guitar picking. We can find memories of Blind Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, Bo Carter, Leadbelly, Lightning Hopkins, Blind Willie McTell, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, BB King, Mississippi Sheiks, The Memphis Jug Band, Robert Johnson, and many more of the oldtimers in their music.
Jolly Jumper & Big Moe have won great recognition at the European festival and club scenes with shows in England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Latvia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Cech. Republic, a. s. o...., and their live shows always got superb revues. Jolly Jumper & Big Moe plays instruments like the harps, 6 & 12 string guitars, national steel, the mandolin, foot stomp and whatever that`s got strings on. They also use a lot of strange things as percussion, and of course, they both do the vocals.
Jolly Jumper & Big Moe comes from mid-Norway, from Hell. This is the home of the Blues in Hell Festival. The Jumper and Moe have a great act, it is like a history lesson, and it’s always a very humorous one! They have also played a lot in schools, both in history and music classes. They won the award ”Official Ambassadors Of Hell 2001” that are given every year to a person or organisation that have promoted the town Hell, Norway Int. in a positive way.
We are now booking festival and Club dates for 2015.
At the moment Jolly Jumper & Big Moe perform as a trio with Chuck Berry’s piano player Daniel Trustrup Røssing or as quartet with piano and Mr. Arne S. on drums. Duo setting is also of course available.