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Angelica emailed me this hauntingly beautiful song by Eivør Pálsdóttir today; to wish me good morning. I had to share it. Filmed during an open-air concert at Stigen in the West of Norway it reminds me of my travels through the north of Norway in 2000.
On a trip I’d been promising myself since childhood, I set out discover my grandfather’s roots in Hammerfest. Way above the Arctic Circle it’s about as far north as you can go on mainland Europe. Next stop, the North Pole, literally.
For a little taste of that trip, and some of the novel it inspired, click onto my other blog here: The Morning After at Pedersen’s Last Dream
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That is gorgeous. Is that an Irish bodhràn or a Viking version of same?
Eivør Pálsdóttir is from the Faroe Isles. Situated to the north of the UK and halfway between Norway and Iceland, the islands were Norwegian for almost 800 years until they became part of Denmark in 1814. Today the islands are a self-governing part of Denmark. So they have a Viking history.
Nevertheless, the Celtic influence cannot be dismissed, as the Faroes are closer to the Scottish Shetland Islands than they are to Norway, Iceland or Denmark. That makes you right on both counts, to an extent.
My own opinion is that this particular song owes more to Sami (Lapp) culture than Scandinavian or Celtic cultures.
So here’s a song by Mari Boine, a Sami from the north of Norway:
Mari Boine – Goaskinviellja / Eagle Brother.
This type of music is known as Joiking. I wrote a short article on Joiking a couple of years ago:
Joiking – Songs of the Sami.
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