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Kind of Folk, Vol. 3: Iceland

by GROUPA, Terje Isungset, Mats Eden, Jonas Simonson

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Groupa has inspired a whole generation of Scandinavian musicians with their pioneering spirit and masterful command of their instruments. The next installment in their album series Kind of Folk clearly demonstrates how this trio continues to reinvent Nordic folk music – this time, with a focus on Iceland. Traditional Icelandic rímur are heard alongside innovative instrumentation and sensitive improvisation.

Iceland has kept its rímur tradition alive and the verse cycles tell epic sagas. They are to be found in worn, well-thumbed old notebooks, or in slim volumes of published collections. The melodies carry the tales. Some take hours to complete. This is Groupa’s journey, their own saga of their trek through rímur territory, fields of lava and bracing winds.

This release follows on Kind of Folk – Vol. 1 Sweden from 2016, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy, and Vol. 2 Norway from 2018. Icelandic guest musicians grace this production: Bára Grímsdottir – voice, Hilmar Jensson – guitar, and Skúli Sverrison – bass.

Once again, Groupa explores new frontiers. The third installment in the Kind of Folk series the focus is on Iceland. Join Groupa on the next step of their musical trek and discover what they experienced on fields of lava, in bracing winds and with the ancient magic of rímur.



released March 19, 2020

Terje Isungset - Drums/Percussion, Mouth harp, Goat horn Jonas Simonson - Flutes
Mats Edén - Strings
Guests musicians and co-arrangers:
Bára Grímsdóttir - Voice: track 5 and 12
Skúli Sverrisson - Electric bass: track 2, 3, 6, 10, 11
Hilmar Jensson - Electric guitar: track 3, 6, 10, 12

All the music is arranged by Groupa and the guest musicians.

Thanks to Bára Grímsdóttir, Chris Foster, Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir and Berit Opheim

S.I. = Collections of Icelandic rímur melodies published in Silfurplötur Iðunnar by Kvæðamannafélagið Iðunn and Smekkleysa, and Segulbönd Iðunnar by Kvæðammannafélagið Iðunn and Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum. Reykjavik

Recorded by Joakim Barfalk at Chromophone Studios, Torna Hällestad, Sweden and by Birgir Jón Birgisson at Sundlaugin hljóðver, Mosfellbær, Iceland.

Mixed by Tor Magne Hallibakken, Hallibakken Lydstudio, Nesbyen, Norway and by Anders Bjelland at Broen Studio, Bergen, Norway

Cover photo by Terje Isungset.
Cover design by Ab OVO Kåre Thomsen.


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All Ice Records was founded by Terje Isungset in 2006 to release Ice Music. AIR now releases several jazz and folk related bands plus some remixes of the albums at the label as well as Ice Music.

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