Hej på er och hälsningar från Sundom. Vi vill tacka för trevliga danskvällar med er och er fina dansmusik. Vi fick njuta av två riktigt prima veckor på Tenerife med fint väder och mycket motion m.m. Jag bifogar några bilder som jag knäppte vid La Karina. Varma hälsningar från Eidi o Harry ............................................................
Hallo Clas und Susanne wir waren nun schon das vierte Jahr des öfteren im "La Karina", aber in diesem Jahr war es für uns am schönsten. Ihr beide habt uns viel Freude gemacht. Viele Grüsse an den Oberkellner im Hintergrund.
Eure Western- und Countryfreunde aus Deutschland Klaus und Angelika ---------------------------------------------- Danke schön !Clas & Susanne
Clas and I are born in Finland. Our country has a tango culture that goes back to the beginning of the last century. It's an established variation of the Argentine tango and it was brought to Europe in the 1910s by traveling musicians. The Finns began to take up the form and write their own tangos in the 1930s.
Two couples from Ostrobothnia, the part of Finland where we come from, visited us the other night and I made a video clip when they were dancing to show you how it looks when the Finns dance tango. I think it's so beautiful and I just like to watch it again and again.
Please, click on the arrow to watch the video clip.
It was a lovely night yesterday. Really many line dancers. The most of them were from Britain, Denmark and Germany.
It's so lovely when people who never have met before can come together somewhere abroad and do line dancing. Line dance connects people!
The Vesterbro line dance club + some line dancers from other clubs in Denmark, are now here on Tenerife. They have classes in the daytime and visited La Karina last night. They will be back again tomorrow night (Thursday).
Please, click on the arrow to watch the video clip. I have also published an other video clip on my blog. Click here to watch it.
We are very crowded in the nights now and I recommend you to come early. We start playing 8 o'clock and to be sure you get a good table you need to be there about 7.30. Many tourists have dinner at La Karina and they return night after night when they like the meals so much. That's why the restaurant gets crowded so early. We play line dance and normal couple dances every night depending on the audience.
Please, click on the arrow to watch the video clip.
There might be people who think they should come and see only us and our country nights. There are a lot of entertainers on the island, so I recommend you go visit any venue. Specially if you visit Tenerife for a short time. We do of course have guests, who like us, loves good country music and linedancing and want to return time after time.
There is some idiot bothering Susanne by sending evil comments on her blog. Of course not under his real name, but "Anonymous". The thing is that you can not be "Anonymous" on internet. Your IP number and other ID-sertificates are registered on the blog, e-mail and visitors counters and statistic programs, so there are at least four backups on the entries leading back to the terminal you are using. Thats how internet works.
So dear Jerk: leave my wife alone and get a life. I have never liked people who take a stand with a hood over their head. The shit!
Clas Holm Performing musician La Karina restaurant Las Americas Sta Cruz de Tenerife
We finished last Thursday at Lewinski. The sound equipment was put inside the restaurant for shipping to La Karina the next morning. When I came up there at 11 o' clock, I noticed a lot of water around the speakers and the mixing console and amplifier rack. I showed my friend, who helped me move the gear, my bag with tools and cables filled with water. I checked the roof above for a water leakage, but nothing. We did not have any rain that night either.
Opening the mixing console I found out that somebody have pored water in our sound system. There was a mix of our stuff and speakers/amplifiers belonging to Lewinskis at the same spot. Their things were unharmed, but mine was filled with water.
Being a sound engineer and electrician, I knew how to recover and dry out the equipment before starting it up again. But what if I had been just a plain musician, not knowing how to act in this case. The thing is that the power transformers were covered in water. If I had powered up the amplifiers I probably would have died from an electric shock!
Probably just wanted to ruin our music gear, not thinking of making a human death trap by mixing water and 240 Volts, someone should be happy not to have turned out a murderer.
The Tenerife Cowboys at Bar Salud ......Photo: Sue Clere
After some gigs we went to Bar Salud for a night snack. After a while our guest found that out, and started to join us. Some nights we brought in some 10-12 folks and the bar staff looked quit pleased with it. We think it was most healthy to do this. Bar Salud means The Healthy Bar and the Ambulance emergency depot is next door :)
We had a real nice line dance evening last night. It was about thirty line dancers! The first dance on the video clip is called "Elvis Tonight" and we played it in the first break. The other dance is called "Human", a song that we sing.
Please click on the arrow to watch the video clip.
Well, we have recovered from our holiday in Tenerife. We really enjoyed our nights in La Karina, and it was great teaming up with Liz who was really keen to dance and your resident dancer Nancy. From your website I see you are no longer singing in Las Americas, but are now appearing at Lewinski Bar in Los Cristianos.
Every night before starting our "show" the chef Nino or Barbara spoil us with excellent dinners. Many times we get Canaria specialitys and coffee on our choice. Life is hard for an artist .. isn't it ?
I also found this old video clip in the camera and decided to publish it. I think it's from the end of June and Clas was behind the camera. The dance is called "Closer". Please, click on the arrow to start the video clip.
I really enjoyed the nights at La Karina and the line dance too of course. How are things going on in Tenerife? Me and my mom found a line dance group here in my city every Tuesday evening we start to learn line dance just two or three dances we learn so next year when I'm back in Tenerife and you are still in La Karina I will line dance too :-)
Greetings Johanna (Tahirih) and Tineke from Holland
How are you? End of the week we come to Tenerife. We have seen that you both now singing on two other places. We hope you to see on saturday and we bring, with us, some friends of us ( also countrydancers)
We are happy to see you again. Many greetings and till the end of the week. >>> ( We need Sun! )
Hej! Hoppas ni har det bra. Säkert varmare hos er. Vi har mellan 15-20 grader varmt på dagen. Helt acceptabelt i maj månad i Sverige. Lyssnar ofta på er musik och drömmer om tiden där nere ska försöka komma nästa år igen om allt går som vi vill.
On vacation for the rest of the month. People do not travel much in May, so it's perfect for us to be off stage for a while. We will keep you posted on when we start again here on the blog in the start of June. Relaxed blessings from us to Y'all !
One night LA KARINA lost electricity and power because a thunderstorm broke a powerline in Santa Cruz. The staff decided to come over to the other restaurant to have a meal and, like you see on the picture, dancing to the 2 cowboys.
PS, Charlie! It's not possible to send any mails to your mail address Please, contact us again.
We arrived home on Friday night to fog and rain at Luton airport. Since then we have been busy with our family and catching up with shopping and washing cloths. Anne and I would like to thank you for our special nights which we enjoyed tremendously. We do dance a lot to modern music but enjoy the Country music/dances also as this is why and where we began some 12 years ago.I will send some music tracks as promised in the next emails (to break up the size of attachments).
Anne and Charlie danced with us every possible night during their stay on Tenerife
I will also send some links of videos I have made on You Tube for you to look at in subsequent emails also. Last night we danced until midnight at a local disco and I heard another track to a dance you might like, so will send that also.
Tonight we were surprised by having no bass speaker. The restaurant owner have promised to have a bass bin to our disposal because we use our own bass bin stationary on his other restaurant. Well, something went wrong and we stood there with only two biamp speakers not powerful enough to cover 200 pax. We performed any way - The show must go on - but we sounded like a small transistor radio compared to the neighbour restaurants artists with their 2000 watt PA -system on full trottle. Hope this will never happen again, because it is impossible to sing a song with the neighbours songs sounding louder. Many guests escaped the terrible double sound by changing table or simply leaving totally ... Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah !!!
Hejsan... Först vil vi takke for 4 fantastiske aftner i sidste uge, det er den bedste ferie vi nogensinde har haft takket vare jer og jeres gode humör og musik. Jeg har set at i har lagt en video på jeres hjemmeside hvor vi danser på, ville höre om i ikke vil vare söde at sende den til os. På forhand tak... Håber snart at vi ses igen... Stort knus fra. Susanne og Torben fra Danmark
Howdy Klart vi kan sända videoklippet till Er. Ha de gott i vårens tider Clas
... would have been a good name to separate the two restaurants we play in. But number two is called Country Grill Karina. It is located between the hotels Andorra and Vulcano and the walk path is called PASEO CHINYERO. All this just to confuse you even more. To see where we are and when: Click the link under our headlogo.
Here is page 13 from the Line Dancers Magazine december issue. The mag arrived this week to Tenerife. Better late than never. Thanx Mac and Chris Bennett for writing so kindly about us ! What you english speaking folks probably don't know is that "Holm" - our last name, means island :) Click picture for readable size.
This cold is worse than ever. It is like a hurricane that came on with full strengt. Then we sat 2 days in the storms eye and felt cured. Next thing without warning full strengt again. We have to stay home to recover. We have full support from La Karina, but we are sad to miss so many fine country nights with our guests and friends. We have heard reports from scandinavia, that they also suffer from the same stuff . SIGH!
We plan to stay home for 3 days, but we will let you know, here on the blog, if we can come back sooner. Have a pleasant stay on Tenerife Y'all!
Monday we visited the restaurant were we have been entertaining for the past years. They had the cowboy Graham Gold on that night, and we have been interested for a long time to see him perform. He was a great fun and we met some old friends from our time at the restaurant.
Where are you performing now? -some asked us. We wondered if the staff of the restaurant have not informed them. They won't tell, was the answer. In fact they say that we have split as entertainers and moved back to Finland. This is of course NOT TRUE. We entertain 6 nights a week in Las Americas with Monday off!
I noticed that the service on our behalf was very slow, and after a while the owners daughter showed up and asked us to leave the restaurant or she would call the police. I was surprised and wondered whats wrong. You are fishing costumers, was her answer. I have called my mother and you have to leave at once!
We do not have to do any fishing because we are crowded at La Karina.
We left and so did some guest around us that overheard the conversation. Next morning I went back to get a confirmation from the owner that we are not welcome. But all of a sudden she could not understand or speak English anymore. I had to leave.
Well, this time it is the sign for the new restaurant. The owner told me it took 10 days for the sign company to replace the tape. Now the parts are spread out on the front lawn. In other words as close as installed you can get. Hopefully it's all in place when we start tonight at 20.00 ! Welcome all!
We both lost our voices last night. It's kind of quiet at home right now. Anyway, we have to rest and relax to give everything a new start Sunday. We are sorry to have to cancel performance, but it's good that we are ill at the same time and not on separate weeks. Well... this happens every year at this time.
Se you all again SUNDAY 20.30 at LA KARINA (Hotel Sol Tenerife)
Look what a nice sun tan we have got on our sign. Well maybe more like freckles. No, It is time to withdraw the big sign now. It have served us well for 2 years and had many adventures of it's own. I can't find a place in my heart to just throw it away, but it's too badly burned to put up anywhere. We could of course make a new one, but at the moment the government is allergic to any kind of sign- advertising.
We know that this is not a popular subject, but as a matter of fact it's been the coldest winter in 36 years here on South Tenerife. My meter outside the studio window said 11,0 celsius 5 a clock in the morning two nights back.
Mount Teide have still been naked all winter, but today I shot a picture that show some snow, even at a lower altitude. You can see that people are dressed in shorts and bikinis, because daytime we now reach up to 22 degrees. Between 10 and 12 in the evening it can be a bit chilly at the restaurant, so remember to wear warm clothes and to order hot drinks instead of cold ones with additional ice in them.