The Folk Music Academy

The Folk Music Academy – July 5–9 2017

International course on Icelandic Folk Music from July 5th to July 9th. The course will be held in English.

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.

The concluding event of the Academy is the “Harvest night,” where artists, guests and students of the Academy and work shops, will perform.


Thursday 6. july

09–11.00 – Rímur singing tradition

Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland.

11.00–12.00 – Irish Folk Music by immigrants in Canada

Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan.

13.00–14.00 – Dances from Guinea

Mamady Sano, Guinea

14.00–15.00 – How to deal with Folk Music Tradition

Hyvä Trio, Finland.

15.00–16.00 – The Icelandic Folk Music collector Bjarni Þorsteinsson

Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland.

Friday 7. july

10.00-11.00 – The two part organum Tvísöngur in Iceland

Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland.

11.00-12.00 – The Icelandic Folk Instruments

Hildur Heimisdóttir, Iceland.

13.00-14.00 – Swedish Folk Music

Malin Gunnarsson, Sweden.

14.00-15.00 – Rythmes in Guinea

Mamady Sano, Guinea

15.00-16.00 – Russian Gypsy music

Krilja Trio, Sweden

Saturday 7. july

10.00-12.00 – Icelandic Folk Dances


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.