Stonehaven musician Dave Officer recently gave a Royal command performance.
The former member of Aberdeen bands Dedalus, Kartta and Winter in Siberia now works on solo electronic music under the Dæmons monicker, recording at home and playing low-key shows around Scotland’s north-east.
However, his audience last week included the King and Prime Minister of Norway as he performed with an Inuit drum dancer to celebrate the opening of a new building at Oslo’s Fram Museum – built to house Gjøa, the ship which Roald Amundsen used to sail the Northwest Passage. Coincidentally, Officer had been promoting a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to release a record inspired by Amundsen and his ship Fram. The Fram Museum got in touch to ask him to collaborate with Joanni Sallerina, Deputy Mayor of Gjøahaven, to provide the music to back the traditional Inuit drum dance.
“It was a huge honour,” said Officer. “We had a great time and I think the King appreciated the mix of tradition and contemporary styles both influenced by Amundsen and the polar regions. The museum were really pleased with how it went.”
Dave next plays live in Aberdeen, suppporting The Music Tapes on Tuesday 25th June at the Tunnels.