"Music and dance" Faroe Islands Local Custom Tip by Bjorgvin

Faroe Islands Local Customs: 14 reviews and 12 photos


The Faeroese have a rich oral tradition in music and they have managed to preserve great many ballads (some 80.000 verses) and other types of traditional songs, some of these from the Middle Ages. Others are more recently composed in the traditional style. Religious songs and rhymes for children are also important. The distinctive Faeroese dance is widely practiced. Look out for Faeroese jazz music and folk music in particular and artists such as the pianist Kristian Blak, his band of folk musicians Spælimenninir and the singer/actress Annika Hoydal, or the band Harkaliðið from the 60´s and 70´s. - A few years back, the rock group Týr, heavily inspired by Faroese traditional music, began to impress. They are great performers of old traditional tunes, such as Ormurinn langi (The Long Serpent) and Regin smiður (Regin the Smith). Another highly rated product of the Faroe Islands is the young and talented singer/composer Eivør Pálsdóttir. Watch out for her new CD in shops in the Faroe Islands and Iceland in particular. The CD is called Krákan, and the band (Icelandic except for Eivør) bears the same name.

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  • Updated Jan 22, 2004
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