Foghorn are from Fredrikstad in south-eastern Norway. Situated at the mouth of Norway’s longest river, Fredrikstad has proud maritime traditions. (Nicknamed “planktown”, it was once a key port for the export
of wood to continental Europe)
It is this maritime heritage that Foghorn celebrate in their music. Consisting of two Norwegians and a Englishman, Foghorn draw on both Norwegian and Anglo-American traditions and combine traditional material
with more modern songs. Powerful, rhythmic harmony singing is at the core of Foghorn’s performance, sometimes “a cappella” and sometimes accompanied by guitar, double bass and concertina.
Englishman Richard Burgess
came to Norway as a young man in the 70’s and never returned. Since then he has made a name for himself as a singer and musician, both solo and in groups like Doggerland, Five Men in a Boat and FatDog. In Foghorn Richard
usually sings lead vocals and plays guitar or concertina.
Tore Lia is originally from Telemark and has a murky past as dance band musician, but has since achieved relative respectability as one of the founder members of the vocal group
Glomma Swingers. In Foghorn Tore plays double bass and usually sings the bottom harmony.
Local hero and former football player, Jon Buer from Fredrikstad has long been a linchpin of his home town’s rich choral life, not
least in Glomma Swingers and the folk choir KorLuren. In Foghorn, Jon sings the tenor part, plays guitar and shakes the occasional egg!
Foghorn have sung together for over twenty years and have performed extensively
at festivals and concerts both in and outside Norway. In 2004 they released their only album so far, “A Thousand Times Adieu” – to a rapturous reception!