Monday, May 19, 2014

Various Artists - Icelandic Folk Music (Instrumental Version of Íslandsklukkur) (Iceland 1996) @320

Icelandic music has a very long tradition, with some songs still sung today dating from 14th century. Folk songs are often about love, sailors, masculinity, hard winters, and elves, trolls and other hidden people. They tend to be quite secular and often humourous. Bjarni Þorsteinsson collected Icelandic folk music between 1906 and 1909. Many of the songs he encountered were accompanied by traditional instruments like the langspil and fiðla. Chain dances, known as víkivaki, have been performed in Iceland since the 11th century at a variety of occasions, such as in churches and during the Christmas season. An example is "Ólafur Liljurós", an Icelandic víkivaki folk song dating to the 14th century, about a man on his way to meet his mother who is seduced, kissed and stabbed by an elf woman while riding his horse, then eventually dies.

01 - Íslandsklukkur (Ýmsir Hljóðfæraleikarar)
02 - Á Sprengisandi (Bergþór Pálsson)
03 - Dýravisur (Voces Thules)
04 - Ólafur Liljurós (Eggert Pálsson, Magnús Þór Sigmundsson And Kristjana Stefánsdóttir)
05 - Ísland Farsælda Frón (Voces Thules)
06 - Íslandsljóð (Ragnar Davíðsson)
07 - Tröllaslagur (Voces Thules)
08 - Tyrkjaránið (Icelandic Folk Music)
09 - Fann Ég Á Fjalli (Óskasteinar) (Sverrir Guðjónsson)
10 - Sofa Urtubörn (Kristjana Stefánsdóttir)
11 - Bí Bí Og Blaka (Kristjana Stefánsdóttir)
12 - Heyr Himnasmiður (Sverrir Guðjónsson)
13 - Allsherjargoðinn Kvaddur (Magnús Þór Sigmundsson)
14 - Ó, Mín Flaskan Fríða (Voces Thules)
15 - Völuvisa (Kristjana Stefánsdóttir)
16 - Sá Ég Spóa (Voces Thules)
17 - Sofðu Unga Ástin Mín (Bergþór Pálsson)
18 - Krummavísur (Voces Thules)
19 - Íslandsvindar (Magnús Þór Sigmundsson)
20 - Lilja (Voces Thules)
21 - Maístjarnan (Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir)
22 - Ísland Er Land Þitt (Icelandic Folk Music)


CrimsonKing said...

Icelandic Folk Music


fabrizio said...

many, many thanks for all the wonderful music I discovered through your blog!

Freg said...

I don't think i'd ever heard Icelandic folk music before. I really liked it. Thanks!

beetor said...

I hadn't heard Icelandic folk music before either. It's different and better than I imagined. Many thanks!

pinokazan said...

thanks a lot for this, it's new to me, but it sounds great.
many thanks

Sutter Cane said...

wonderful!!! Thanks!!!

DiegOrlok said...

It's more like a soundtrack movie than traditional. I dubt that it's traditional melodies but is very nice. My knowledge about icelandic music is null anyway

Thanks, again, for this great music.


dondo said...


Hombre del Bosque said...

Tracklist refers to sung version, but title and picture is from orchestral one. Could you tell me who perform the instrumental version? Thanks a lot.

CrimsonKing said...

Sorry, I don't know.
Try google :)

Krummi said...

According to, the credits go to these guys:

Choir: Útilegumannakórinn
Bassoon: Rúnar Vilbergsson
Drums, Bodhrán (Irish tambourine) & Percussion: Eggert Pálsson
Cello: Sigurður Halldórsson
Contrabass: Birgir Bragason
Fiddle: Dan Cassady*
Flute: Martial Nardeau
Keyboards: Hjörtur Howser & Jens Hansson
Tambourine: Egill Örn Rafnsson
Violin: Símon Kuran*

Instrumentation By: Tröllasveitin
Mixed By: Gunnar Smári
Engineer [Recording]: Guðmundur Guðjónsson & Jens Hansson
Producers: Magnús Þór Sigmundsson & Rafn R. Jónsson

James Owens said...

I am unable to get the .rar to unpack. File seems to be ok (122MB), but password is rejected.

CrimsonKing said...

Verify if the key CapsLock is off.
Try DL it again.
Try to open the RAR in another computer.
I did the download right now and open the RAR with no problems. The PW is correct.

Gunawan Darma said...

good music , listen this playlist at travelling will awesome
tnx dude

James Owens said...

Worked fine this time on Windows 8. Thanks again for the excellent music. I spent 2 years in Iceland when I was a kid, so some of these tunes are familiar. :)

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