The Folk Music Academy

The Folk Music Academy – July 5 – 7 2018

International course on Icelandic Folk Music from July 5th to July 7th. The course will be held in English if needed. The academy takes place in Siglufjord Church, 3rd floor.

Since 2006 the Folk Music Centre in Siglufjordur has organized a Folk Music Academy to coincide with the Folk Music Festival.

The main topics of the Folk Music Academy in Siglufjord will be the different types of Icelandic traditional and folk music, including rimur and tvisöngur (organum). Icelandic folk dances will also be introduced, as well as folk music arrangements and instrumental tradition.

Students of the Academy will also get to meet visiting artists from other countries who lecture on the traditional and folk music of their home country.


Thursday 5. July 2018

09.00–11.00 – Rímur singing tradition – Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland
11.00–12.00 – The two-part organum Tvísöngur in Iceland – Bára Grímsdóttir, Iceland and Chris Foster, England
13.00–14.00 – 
14.00–15.00 – Lorca and his folk music arrangements – Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir, Iceland and Francisco Javier Jáuregui, Spain
15.00–16.00 – Bjarni Thorsteinsson and his collection of Icelandic folk music – Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland

Friday 6. July 2018

10.00-11.00 – Sea shanties from the British Isles in the JM Carpenter collection – Julia Bishop, England
11.00-12.00 – Icelandic folk instruments, Langspil and Icelandic fiðla – Örn Magnússon, Iceland
13.00-14.00 – Icelandic Folk Songs and the Rikini Ensemble – Marta Halldórsdóttir, Iceland
14.00-15.00 – European musicians in medieval times – Members of Umbra Ensemble, Iceland
15.00-16.00 – From Quakers to Cowboys. An overview of North American folk music – Vicki Blake, USA

Saturday 7. July 2018

9.30-10.00 – How does the Volund Poem connect Gotland and Iceland? – Eva Sjöstrand, Gotland (Sweden)
10.00-11.00 – French Folk Dances – Trio Tourlou
11.00-12.00 – Icelandic Folk Dances Vikivaki – Kolfinna Sigurvinsdóttir and Hulda Sverrisdóttir


Those students who wish to get merits from the University for the course must write a paper or do a project on Icelandic Folk Music and hand it in before the 15th of August. The paper can be in Icelandic, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish or English.