Alternative country in a restless city,
Richard Nygard studied Fine Arts in Antwerp, but returned home with a suitcase full of music. Together with his band The Beautybag he released the debut album “Heavy Luggage” in 2012. The music focuses on the young man’s encounter with the urban Europe, where distance relationships, enthusiasm and restlessness is the theme for the Hamsun-like protagonist. The band consists of Richard Nygård – vocals and guitar, Morten Kristiansen Minothi – bass André Viervoll – Hammond organ and electric piano, Eivind Molden Norseng – electric guitar and pedal steel, Sigmund Nilsen – drums. Nygård also appears solo, or with his longtime bass player.
The Beautybag has performed at venues in Oslo such as Skuret, Magneten, Månefisken, Revolver, Buckleys, Herr Nilsen og Café Mono. In addition, the band has played several concerts in Belgium and Germany.