The 16 year old talent from Bergen won the talent competition for blues guitarists arranged by Rockman and Notodden Blues Festival. A total of 65 Norwegian guitarists sent in their contributions. Strand Halland will meet Joe Bonamassa in Oslo on May 25 and receive an autographed guitar. As a part of the award he will also be performing on the main stage at this year's Notodden Festival.
The jury consisted of Kjetil Grande, Morten Omlid, Ed Murphy and a representative from Rockman. Kjetil Grande said on behalf of the jury: - Frederick Strand Halland is a remarkably good guitarist. That he is only 16 years old is simply phenomenal and to be put out. See presentation of all participants at www.rockman.no.