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Stave Church Songs to Iceland from Vestmannaeyar to Siglufjörður 30. June - 2. July

After years of touring in Stave Churches, we’ve been waiting for the opportunity to go to Westman Islands in Iceland to give a concert in the beautiful Heimaey Stave Church. This summer one of our ”Stave Church Dreams” came true. The concert took place June 30th, and the percussionist Hans Hulbækmo joined the ensemble for the first time. Two days later we played in Siglufjordur church in the very north of Iceland. Here are some pictures:

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The Heymaey stave church is located at the old harbour in Heimaey island. The big cliff to the left is called Heimaklettur and is one of the island’s most famous landmarks.

 

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Although the beautiful stave church on the island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands is not as old as you might think, its roots go deep in history. It was built and consecrated in the year 2000, and presented to the Icelandic nation by Norway in commemoration of the thousand-year anniversary of Iceland’s conversion to Christianity, and contains a replica of the Norwegian medieval altarpiece of Saint Olav.

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We played our Stave Church Concert at the Siglufjörður festival, where some hundereds of people came in the audience. Compared to the Stave Church it was maybe 20 times more space!

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Lux Illuxit to the Folk Music Festival of Siglufjordur July 1st - 5th 2015

Lux Illuxit, which premiered in Oslo 2014, was invited to the The Folk Music Festival of Siglufjordur to play several concerts from July 1st – 5th 2015

The festival is a five days music event held annually in Siglufjordur North Iceland. The main focus is on Icelandic and Scandinavian folk music as well as world music and folk dances. 15-20 concerts are held in different locations of the town, like the church, theatres, club venues and the Herring Era Museum.

Here’s our venue on the opening day of the festival: The Herring Museum.

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Get in at the Herring museum. Anders Røine with the Hardanger fiddle. Ivar Örn Sverrisson sound chequing.

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The next days we played in the church, in the dance hall, held a lecture and played at the boat in the Herring Museum again!

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The Folk Music Center of Siglufjordur also organizes a Folk Music Academy in conjunction with the University of Iceland, to coincide with the Folk Music Festival. Elisabeth Holmertz and Elisabeth Vatn gave a lecture about ”The Music at the time of St. Olav” while Poul Høxbro – our flute and drum player gave norwegian dance lectures together with Øyonn Groven Myhren, another Norwegian artist who came to the festival to sing with her and Poul’s duo.

Here: running along the extraordinary paths in the mountain sides of Siglufjordur.

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A pittoresque moment in Siglufjordur!

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And after playing in the city of the Herring, next stop, according to the map, seems to be The North Pole!

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www.folkmusik.is/en