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)
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