Bamse (Norwegian for Teddy Bear) was a St Bernard sea dog owned by the captain of the Norwegian mine sweeper Thorodd which was stationed in Montrose and Dundee during WWII, after the Norwegian Navy was evacuated from Norway. When the ship was under attack rather than disappear below deck Bamse would stand at the front of the ship protecting his crew mates. I wrote the song from the perspective of a young Norwegian boy and how inspiring the dog would have been. Bamse is now the mascot of all the Norwegian armed forces and won the PDSA Gold Medal (the highest honour for valour awarded to animals).
Gary Anderson is a well known singer/songwriter on the Angus music circuit. Having grown up in Montrose he has played with various bands around the area since he was 16. He has gained a wealth of experience covering a wide range of instruments and genres during this time. His solo performances showcase his eclectic style of playing and singing – mixing his own original material which covers a wide range of subjects and inspirations, with a few folk, rock and country covers.
Artist website: http://www.reverbnation.com/garyandersonmontrose
Single title: Bamse
Single artist: Gary Anderson
Single duration: 5:36
Record Label: Independent
Catalogue No: 114174DP
Writers: Gary Anderson
Search Terms: Norway, World War 2, Story song, Naval