Allan Olsen

Allan Olsen (born 18 March 1956 in Grønholt, Vendsyssel) is a Danish folkrock musician and singer-songwriter. His famous live performances combine his songs with satirical and dryly-tempered anecdotes. The music is delivered either acoustically or with a rock band.[1][2]

Allan Olsen
Olsen live at the Danish Music Awards Folk 2008 in Tønder
Background information
Born (1956-03-18) 18 March 1956
Grønholt, Vendsyssel
Occupation(s)musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1976–present
Associated actsDalton

From 1983 to 1992 he was part of Dalton, a supergroup trio made of Olsen, Lars Lilholt and Johnny Madsen.


Allan Olsen grew up enjoying the musical styles of The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks a.m.. Olsen picked up a guitar himself in the seventies, and hit the road – initially as a low key performer, often playing in the outskirts of Denmark and with a style inspired by Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch and Randy Newman.[3]

During 1989, the then 33-year-old performer signs his first record contract, with an obligation to record a minimum of three albums within the next five years. The debut album "Norlan" hits the style of British and American rock, combined with a lyrical talent for storytelling that sparsely used dialect (north Jutlandic). The album is a success. The following two albums and intense touring consolidate his name and a large loyal following, especially in West Denmark.

In the autumn of 1993 Allan Olsen spends time in Ireland in search of musicians to play with him on his next album. "Jern" (i.e. "Iron") is released in the spring of 1996 and receives ovations from the musical press and the album is rewarded with a Danish Grammy (later Danish Music Award). The album flavours Olsens folkrock style with Irish instruments as does 1998's "Sange for Rygere" (i.e. "Songs for Smokers").

Later albums have seen Olsen increasingly experimenting with musical styles and lyrical escapades – but also maintaining artistic focus and critical integrity and still beholding his original inspiration in Dylanesque storytelling – Jansch' poetic nerve and Newmans' wit and eccentricism. His album in 2007's Multo Importanto is a focused affair that has been praised by old as well as newer fans. In 2013 he released the album Jøwt, an album sung in dialect.

In band Dalton

He was also part of a Danish supergroup named Dalton made up of Olsen in addition to Lars Lilholt and Johnny Madsen. It was formed in 1983 but had to wait till 1992 for their first album. They reunited in 2005 to work on new materials and had a comeback in 2010 for a grand tour.




Year Album Peak
1989 Norlan
1990 Gajo
1992 Pindsvin i Pigsko
1996 Jern
1998 Sange For Rygere
2000 Onomatopoeitikon
2004 Gæst 1
2007 Multo Importanto 1
2013 Jøwt 1 Gold
2017 Hudsult 2

Live albums

Year Album Peak
2002 Solo 7
2008 Allan Olsen & Band – Vol. 1 9
2009 Solo – Vol. 2 12
2013 D'Damer & Allan Olsen 16

In Dalton

  • 1992: Dalton
  • 2009: Tyve Ti
  • 2010: Var Her (Live 2 CDs +DVD) (with Johnny Madsen and Lars Lilholt)


  • 2008: Allan Olsen & Band – Vol. 1 (also album CD)
  • 2009: Solo live – Vol. 2, (also album CD)


  1. "Allan Olsen reddede aftenen". NORDJYSKE. March 1, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  2. "Allan Olsen er med band igen". Fyens Stiftstidende. August 9, 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  4. Allan Olsen discography
  5. "Hitlisten.NU – Album Top-40 Uge 20, 2017". Hitlisten. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
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