Eirik Bergene (24 years old) is considered one of Norway's finest harmonica players. In fact he is one out of only two professional players in Norway (the other one being legendary Sigmund Groven). Since he first picked up a harmonica in the year 2000, he has developed his technique through extensive stage experience and has gained the approval of great musicians worldwide. American harp ace Mark Hummel once said this about Eirik Bergene: 'This young man has achieved in only 4 years what most harmonica players spend 15 years or more figuring out'. In addition to fronting his own band, the Eirik Bergene Band, he has performed with a long line of outstanding musicians such as Knut Reiersrud, Junior Watson, Steinar Albrigtsen, Jørn Hoel, Amund Maarud, Sven Zetterberg, and Norwegian R'n'B queen Winta, among others. In 2005 Bergene was a permanent band member of two-time Norwegian Grammy Award-winner, Vidar Busk. He plays harmonica on Busk's recent album 'Starfish'. Bergene has also developed a powerful singing voice, and has an eclectic taste in music drawing from the blues, R'n'B and soul. Among his influences are Guy Forsyth, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, War, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson and Little Willie John, among others. In addition to touring all over Norway with different bands, Bergene has also made a name for himself abroad. Seven tours in Russia and two in the USA (both with Vidar Busk) have, in addition to playing in Italy, Poland, Sweden and Denmark, gained him plenty of international experience. A prestigious culture award ('Valdres' culture award 2005') and a large money grant from Norwegian organisation Northpool, are also among his achievements.