Gitarkameratene is the name of a group of well-known Norwegian recording artists when they tour together. The group includes
Lillebjørn Nilsen, Halvdan Sivertsen, Jan Eggumand Øystein Sunde. The name "Gitarkameratene" can roughly be translated "The guitar friends" or "The guitar companions".
Because of the popularity of each of the solo artists, Gitarkameratene is considered a Norwegian "supergroup". The four singers used the name for the first time when they toured together in 1988. They released two records. The second recording, "Typisk Norsk" / Typically Norwegian (1990), sold 60-70,000 units. Since then the group has played together on various occasions. While all four work on their own material, they also work and appear together in concerts and on recordings.
When four other Norwegian artists (
Espen Lind, Kurt Nilsen, Askil Holmand Alejandro Fuentes) are playing together, they have been referred to as "De Nye Gitarkameratene" ("The new guitar companions"). One example of this was an article that appeared in the Norwegian tabloid, VG.
The four have have not used this name officially. However, the term has been used in the press, causing Lillebjørn Nilsen to send a letter of protest to Espen Lind, who replied and said that they had not used the name officially and that they actually did not feel comfortable with using the name themselves.
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