Hans Jørgen Jensen
Place: Århus (Denmark)
Education: Print Technician - retired in 2014
Hobby (lifestyle): IRISH MUSIC
people was joining us, and we started to play at Færgekroen
in Århus, where the beginning of the irish session was established
and continued there till the late 90'th, where we moved to the
Irish pub Paddy go Easy, where it was going on at Sunday afternoon
until august 2004. Then some Years at Tir na Nog, now we have
moved again to a new irish pub Waxies, and still sunday afternoon.
In 1988 I was one of the founders of the very popular band Moving
Cloud from Århus, which does not exist anymore.
After that I have played in different bands as Jenny's Chickens,
Den Irske Duo, Aarhus All Star Céilí Band and Tullamore
Tales. I have played at different festivals as Tønder Festival,
Skagen Festival, Strib Festival, Copenhagen Irish Festval.
I was 17 of age, I was invited to a party, and there I heard Irish
music for the first time. Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers
was playing out of the speakers - and I was completely "blown
out" - the sound and soul in that music was the best I ever
Shortly after that, I heard The Dubliners for the first time (but
not the last) they were extremely popular at that time, and that
did I very well understand. After listening to Barney McKenna
on the banjo, and the fact that I loved the banjo sound (from
jazz), I bought a banjo at the age of 25. I was practising (it
was quite difficult when you had to figure it all out yourself)
together with The Dubliners - in my livingroom. By the way - later
on I got my nickname for the same reason, of a friend of mine
Svend Kjeldsen - bodhran player in Moving Cloud DK.
I was on the right track, and in the early 80'th I met a couple
of guys and girls who also played Irish music, and we met once
a week to play music.