November for me is composing new songs by the fire literarily and also planning next years BALTIC SEA TOUR 2016 where we will continue our journey at sea with Lighthouse Stories. This time with a complementary theme: Music & Miljö (Music & Environment). In springtime our music documentary “Maybe we’ll only play before the gulls” will be broadcasted on Swedish Television.

…even though the summers tour is whirling inside with its joy and experiences, my god what a trip. A life time event!

November concerts:

6/11 11.00 and 20.30 ca  Åre Sustainability Summit

20/11 Sjöhistoriska Museet. GIG POSTPONED TO SPRING due to ILLNESS.  SEE YOU IN SPRING 2016!

22/11 DN-författarkryssning, 16.00 (endast prenumeranter!)

Helicopter landing at Marstein Fyr
Helicopter landing at Marstein Fyr, Norway
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Lighthouse Stories Sea Tour 2015

brus032_cover_2400x2400LIGHTHOUSE STORIES CONCERT TOUR 2015

24/4 Nakkehoved Fyr, Danmark

12/6 Dexter Jazzclub, Odense

13/6 Maritimt Museum, Svendborg

11/7 Götala herrgård

12/7 Ljungs kyrka

13/7 Åstols Rökeri/Pater Noster Fyr, Sverige

14/7 Kullens Fyrplats, Sverige

16/7 Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, Fraserburgh, Scotland

18/7 Cromarty Lighthouse, Marine Biology Station, Scotland

20/7 Souter Lighthouse, New Castle, National Trust, England

22/7 Hurst Castle Lighthouse, England

24/7 Marstein Fyr, Norge

26/7 Lindesnes Fyr, Norge

14/8 Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek 19.00, Swe

15/8 Skottvång Gruva 19.00, Swe

16/8 Stevns Fyr 15.00, DK

19/8 Musikbåten Blidösund 18.30, Stockholm, SWE

28/8 Isbrytaren St:Erik Wasamuseet 19.00, SWE

19/9 Lunds Kulturnatt, Stadsteatern i Lund, 20.00 Swe

24/9 Book Fair Gothenburg, Swedish Radio Monter, 11.00 Swe

4/12 STALLET, Swe CANCELLED! Looking forward to SPRING 2016 and the release of LIGHTHOUSE STORIES – film documentary!

This Concert Tour is made possible with support from Musikverket!

For more information and personal updates please click this link!

Sofie Livebrant has put passages from Jeanette Wintersons’ novel Lighthousekeeping to music. The novel tells the story of the orphaned girl Silver who grows up at Cape Wrath Lighthouse in northern Scotland with the blind lighthousekeeper Mr Pew. He tells her stories;  Tristan and Isolde, Captain Scott…Summer 2015 a concert tour will take place around the North Sea. A group of three musicians and a filmteam will be visiting lighthouses around the North Sea: United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, tracing the old sailor paths. A music film will be the outcome, broadcasted Spring 2016 on Swedish Television.

“Tell me a story, Pew! What story child? One that begins again. That’s the story of life. But is it the story of my life? Only if you tell it”


‘I believe that storytelling is a way of navigating our lives. Fact are partial. Fiction is a more complete truth.  If we read ourselves as narrative, we can change the story that we are. If we read ourselves as literal and fixed, we find we can change nothing.’ (JW)

See you there? Love SOFIE

Sept 5th A Beautiful letter and “story” from Janie and Menno, Scotland!

Dear Sofie

Earlier this summer I saw a poster for your concert in Cromarty.  We live in Cromarty and have a love for lighthouses, rocks, the north-west coast of Scotland and music.  So, I read Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Lighthousekeeping’, loved it and then we heard you play in the boat shed by the Cromarty lighthouse on a day when the wind could have blown the fins off a fish.  We were blown away by the sounds and beauty of your concert.

Inspired by your beautiful voice and songs we set off for Cape Wrath (CD playing all the time).  In early August we crossed the kyle with John at the helm and then up the wee track with Stewart at the wheel.  We meet Pew (John) and each of them remembered you, “Oh, Sofie, she swam in the lochs”.  It was somewhere we had dreamed of coming to but had never made the journey… it was somewhere where the gulls swung by and the ravens called, and this “turning point” of the Vikings entered our hearts and shook us.

The novel and your songs reveal themselves like layers in the sandstone, each listening/ reading open the door a little more.

You sang a wonderful song that day about “the door in the rock that finally swings free when moonlight shines on it… you are the door….” . I wonder where we might hear that song again…

I just want to thank you for the beautiful connections between novel, song, music, life, narrative and dialogue that your work has embedded in us this summer (we do sort of have summers in Scotland!). 

Thank you.

Much love and kindest wishes to all three of you

Janie and Menno



Fria tidning intervju - Sofie Livebrant  kopia DN rec - Sofie Livebrant

DI Weekend rec - Sofie Livebrant Lokaltidningensto intervju - Livebrant

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– en musik&dikt performance av Sofie Livebrant om tre fantastiska författarinnor från tre århundraden och tre länder! “Deras historier blir till en historia, en människohistoria, en kärlekshistoria, en godnattsaga och din och min historia!” (fritt fr. J.W)


Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 Amherst, USA

En av Amerikas största poeter, blev inte upptäckt förrän efter hennes död då systern samlade ihop 1850 dikter och publicerade dem postumt. Hon skrev om naturen, livet och döden. Älskade blommor, träd och glass. Efter 30 års ålder gick hon inte ut mer. Gifte sig aldrig. Klädde sig i vitt och skrev lappar…

Bind me, I still can sing//Banish, my mandolin strikes true within//Slay, and my soul shall rise//Chanting to paradise//Still thine

Karin Boye 1900-1940 Sverige

Sveriges brinnande 150 cm långa poet och ordgenius. Älskad av generation efter generation. Hon skrev dikter, böcker, översatte böcker och artiklar. Oerhört aktiv, spelade tennis, föreningsmänniska, var känd för sin skämtsamhet, hon var rolig. Hon bodde på många platser: Göteborg, älskade havet och klipporna, Huddinge, Östermalm, Uppsala och Berlin.

Du skall tacka dina gudar om de tvingar dig att gå där du inga fotspår har att lita på.

Du skall tacka dina gudar om de gör all skam till din. Du får söka tillflykt lite längre in —

Jeanette Winterson 1961- Manchester, UK

Nu levande geniförklarad författarinna, växte upp som fosterbarn i frälsningsarmens rörelse. Uppskattad predikant, men blev utkastad ur familjen och rörelsen när det visade sig att hon var kär i fiskhandlarens dotter. Hon älskar sagor, berättelser och älskar att byta tid och rum och sen blanda dem samman. Oerhört rolig och ju tuffare livshändelser, ju roligare skriver hon…Jag har träffat henne en gång och blev så “starstruck” att jag glömde mitt namn…Jag har tonsatt hennes bok Ligthhousekeeping, om en 10 årig flicka som växer upp i en fyr i Skottland.

My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal, part pirate. I have no father—My own father came out of the sea and went back that way. I lived in a house cut steep into the bank, the chairs had to be nailed to the floor. We ate food that stuck to the plate: shepherde pie, risotto, scrambled egg. Some people are raised on a hill, most of us are brought up on the flat. I came at life at an angle and thats how I’ve live ever since.


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Happy New Year with Emily Dickinsons’ favorite poetess sung by Sofie!

emily bronte

Shall earth no more inspire thee


Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee
Shall Nature cease to bow?
Thy mind is ever moving
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving—
Come back and dwell with me.
I know my mountain breezes
Enchant and soothe thee still—
I know my sunshine pleases
Despite thy wayward will.
When day with evening blending
Sinks from the summer sky,
I’ve seen thy spirit bending
In fond idolatry.
I’ve watched thee every hour;
I know my mighty sway,
I know my magic power
To drive thy griefs away.
Few hearts to mortals given
On earth so wildly pine;
Yet none would ask a heaven
More like this earth than thine.
Then let my winds caress thee;
Thy comrade let me be—
Since nought beside can bless thee,
Return and dwell with me.
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No promises this year!

treasure island

While listening to “Treasure Island” of Robert Louis Stevenson, I get reminded to not do promises this Next Coming Year! So easy to fool myselves as others. We are all looking for the “treasures” of life and our eyes easily gets shaded at the glimpse of Gold, fortune or fame! As the pirates leaving every scruple for it. Instead of promises I will try to keep an eye on this matter…

This year for me has been an utterly “not possible to survive economically really”- year, but also therefore a year filled with several miracles! I don’t know why the money-rain has been pouring on my head instead of the poor people in town, as I see them every day, freezing their bodies off and sitting still in a most terrible loss of energy!…but it has and I have got all what I needed plus some extra miracles as as two beautiful trips in Europe, a fireplace at home to rest by, two record-releases, a fantastic trip to Scotland, Sweden and Norway to play on lighthouses. A beautiful family. Life can be so unfare! But I am fortunate! And better to be thankful than shameful. Better lead.

Something happened at Cape Wrath Ligthhouse – was it the Ozon-layer, almost a mysterious happening, some power was put in from the beautiful meadows. Before I was so close to end my music-buisness while the social environment has been so ruff these days. No one wants to give money for music! While coming home things started to change in my mind a lot of support showed up and now the Swedish Government has decided to give a great helping hand in next years big event – Ligthhouse Stories 2015 which is a miracle beyond my understanding. But real, so, now, I need to REST to manage to be a good Captain for next year, on this music/storytelling- ship that hopefully will enrich more people than myself….In Spring the full length album Lighthouse Stories, will see the daylight and I will tour with three of my favorite-poetesses BOYE, DICKINSON and WINTERSON during the coming season! All the thank you-s I write in another post. It will be too long! “Fifteen men on the dead mans chest, ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum!”. Happy New year and be nice with yourselves! S


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11 DEC Klingborn&Co Midsommarkransen

Välkomna på Sofie Livebrant – SOLO – gig tour…på Klingborn&Co – Stockholms bästa smörrebrödsrestaurang med specialkomponerade bröd & närproducerad öl – ledd av Sommelier Johanna Klingborn! Vattenledningsvägen 63.

From Here To Here capt: Johan Bergmark
From Here To Here capt: Johan Bergmark
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Autumn songs!


Autumn’s here, the light is disappearing rapidly and next years seed is waiting under the earth…glowing, ripening, resting. Because soon, in a couple of months, it will outburst again and show their green beautiful faces…It is a time of holding ones energy….in the meantime I will do some music…

November gigs:

VÄXJÖ 6 nov with Svante Sjöblom

MALMÖ 7 nov with Svante Sjöblom

STOCKHOLM 11 nov Lidingö BokRelease/Ellen Jacobsson

STOCKHOLM 14 nov Autumn Songs at Folkets Hus Hornstull 

STOCKHOLM 23 nov Karin Boye Songs at Katarina Kyrka



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