Lighthouse Stories – sånger vid havet, på SVT-PLAY TILL 18 okt!

Dokumentären Lighthouse Stories sändes den 17 sept 20.05 och finns på SVTPlay till 18 oktober! Sofie Livebrant har med musiker rest runt Nordsjön för att spela på fyrar och göra intervjuer med fyrvaktare och människorna runt fyrarna. Projektet är inspirerat och byggt på romanen Lighthousekeeping av Jeanette Winterson (2004) och handlar om en föräldralösflicka, Silver, som växer upp i fyren Cape Wrath i Nordvästra Skottland. Filmaren Peter Wirén har gjort en musikvideo på Breathe in Breathe out, som spelades in inne i verkstan på fyren Cape Wrath. Musiken finns på Itunes och på Spotify!

More music videos, these are filmed at Lindesnes Fyr in Norway 2015.Part Broken Part Whole You Begin Again and These Were My Stories!


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Documentary Lighthouse Stories – 17 sept!

The music documentary “Lighthouse Stories – Havets sånger” will be broadcasted 17th Sept at 20.00 at SVT2!

Music live performances:

13 Aug STOCKHOLM “Lasse i Parken” 19.00, with Lisa Långbacka. Also performing is Lars Demian and David Tallroth.

19 Aug STOCKHOLM “icebreaker St:Erik” outside the Wasa museum. 19.00. With Hal Parfitt-Murray, Petter Berndalen, Filip Jers! Free Entrance!

27 Aug STORULVÅN with Svante Sjöblom 20.00

2 Sept GREEBESTAD FOLKMUSIK FESTIVAL With Lisa, Henrik and me!

16 Sept KAFE SJÖSTUGAN With Lisa Långbacka and Lisa Rydberg = LISAS, the best duo in the world. 100:- entre.

Helicopter landing at Marstein Fyr
Helicopter landing at Marstein Fyr
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Summer soon…


4 June Aqua Blå Festival, Vänersborg Hal Parfitt-Murray, Henrik Cederblom & me.

14 June Music Boat Blidösund, Stockholm Me, Henrik Cederblom, Filip Jers and many music guest performances ….

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Cape Wrath Film!

cape-wrath-lighthouse-1A movie has been made out of Lee Craigie’s trip to Cape Wrath 2015! Together with music from the album “Lighthouse Stories” and fragments from Jeanette Winterson’s novel Lighthousekeeping. I feel stunned! Click here for a teaser!

The film is broadcasted at Edinburgh Film Festival 6-7 feb 2016 where she also tells about the trip.

Excerpts from her blog:

“Perhaps I should have given up and accepted that it [Cape Wrath] just wasn’t meant to be but then this happened. I was at a road race in an out of the way north eastern coastal town shortly after yet another failed attempt to visit the Cape when a guy came up to me and told me there was a gig about to start in a nearby lighthouse. I ambled along after the race and became engulfed in a friendly fold of woollen jumpers and wellington boots while the wind and rain did their thing outside. On a small, makeshift stage there sat singing a Swedish angel. Sofie Livebrant had written her entire album “Lighthouse Stories” using prose taken from a book set at Cape Wrath. In the days that followed, I listened to Sofie’s music and read the book that inspired her album (“Lighthouse Keeping” by Jeannette Winterson). Both touched me deeply and a theme emerged that sent me reeling. It was that of attempting to balance two powerful aspects of my personality, the need for freedom and the need for belonging. I was heading back to Cape Wrath”

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Lighthouse Stories is nominated to Manifest Prize!

We’re proudly announcing that the “Lighthouse Stories” album is nominated to the Manifest Prize, category VISA (Folk Tune). Together with lots of other lovely artists and the Manifest Gala will be FEB 5 2016 at NALEN in Stockholm! Thanks to all involved! Also we’re looking forward to see the Music – documentary broadcasted during 2016 on Swedish Television!brus032_cover_2400x2400

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IMG_7718Happy New Year to You!

This year is a dreaming year. I want to travel the Baltic Sea, play Jeanette’s, Emily’s and Karin’s songs at Libraries and Lighthouses, make a new album Secrets with my own lyrics, meditate and dance! I would like to connect and contribute with my music to people’s stories and environmental visions. Let see if that is what’s going to be…

IF SAILOR tales to sailor tunes, 
   Storm and adventure, heat and cold, 
If schooners, islands, and maroons,
   And Buccaneers and buried Gold, 
And all the old romance, retold 
   Exactly in the ancient way, 
Can please, as me they pleased of old,
   The wiser youngsters of to-day:

- So be it, and fall on! If not,
   If studious youth no longer crave,
His ancient appetites forgot,
   Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave, 
Or Cooper of the wood and wave:
   So be it, also! And may I 
All my pirates share the grave
   Where these and their creations lie!

(Robert Louis Stevenson "Treasure Island")


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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_logo_liggande_sRGB

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



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