Rökkurró Live Review

Coventry, UK – 3rd February 2015 In possibly one of the worst venues I’ve ever been too—a dingy recess into industrial brick, with sticky floors, a dirty, tiny stage and a grimy feel to every surface—I find Rökkurró. This is a far cry from their usual environs of bright, twinkling lights of the ultra modern […]

Jón Jónsson : Heim Music Review

Jón Jónsson has been performing since an early age. One of those annoyingly talented childhood prodigies that every school has, he continued his education in his home town of Hafnarfjörður before gaining a soccer scholarship with Boston University. Told you so. On returning home, he decided a career in music was for him, and quickly […]

Special Place: Muted

Remember Muted? Well, he has released his debut music video, ahead of his debut ‘proper’ album. The video accompanies his track Special Place, on which Jófríður of Samaris sings. Along with beautiful nature of that ‘Special Place’ it also contains footage from a rare chance to go and film the currently active Holuhraun volcano. If […]

Top 3 Icelandic Albums of 2014

2014 has been a year of live music in Iceland, with Summer Solstice, ATP Iceland and the evergreen Iceland Airwaves showcasing the very best of international and Icelandic artists. Icelanders have also stolen a march on the global music scene too; Samaris played seemingly every country, Ásgeir continued the success of his ‘in the silence’ […]

Merry Christmas / Gleðileg jól

Merry Christmas / Gleðileg jól everyone! Thank you to all my friends, family, followers and readers for your support during 2014. It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Iceland, Defrosted – library talks in the spring, interviewing the wonderful Hannah Kent, sharing a stage with the talented Hafdís Huld, seeing Portishead at a rainy […]

Icelandic Yule Lads (in Lego) – Kertasníkir

Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) The last to arrive, Kertasníkir used to follow children in order to steal their candles, back in the days when children had playing cards and candles for Christmas, and when candles were made from tallow. These days, candles are made from wax, and can make Kertasníkir ill if he eats them. Now, he […]

Icelandic Yule Lads (in Lego) – Gáttaþefur

Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) This Yule lad has whopping nose and and a superb sense of smell which he uses to locate food, especially his favourite laufabrauð. Bad smells can seem really strong to him though, and even make his eyes water. He just can’t turn off that nose of his. Gáttaþefur arrives on December 22 and […]

Icelandic Yule Lads (in Lego) – Gluggagægir

Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) hmmm. This one is a bit naughty. The word ‘voyeur’ might be a bit strong, but he does peer through windows. Is he looking for things to steal? Is he spying on you? It would sure give you a fright though to see Gluggagægir pressing his funny face against the window of your […]

Icelandic Yule Lads (in Lego) – Bjúgnakrækir

Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper) – In the olden days, Bjúgnakrækir hid in the rafters of turf houses and snatched sausages that were being smoked. These are called Bjúga and were thick sausages made out of horsemeat or lamb. Nowadays, Bjúgnakrækir eats any sausage he can get his hands on, especially the delicious ones in Plysur. Bjúgnakrækir arrives […]