Ragga Gröndal & The Icelandic Folk Ensemble
Ragga is a four-time winner of the Icelandic Music Awards and her albums have sold over 35,000 copies in Iceland. She has been exploring Icelandic folk music in its various forms since 2003 resulting in the album ‘Þjóðlög’ (Folk Songs) released on the 12 Tónar label in 2006. The album received critical acclaim in Iceland, being described as one of the best albums of the year for its authenticity and innovation in Icelandic music traditions. In early 2009 she expanded the project, putting together The Icelandic Folk Ensemble, in collaboration with her brother Haukur Gröndal and renowned guitarist Guðmundur Pétursson. The project then focused on rearranging, in as many colourful ways as possible, the beautiful stories found in Icelandic folklore, with a special emphasis on the rhythmic elements in the music. With two percussionists, a guitarist, folk clarinettist and Ragga’s special interpretation of the ancient lyrics and folklore melodies, the group has found a fresh new sound inspired by the deep-rooted, mysterious and entrancing folk traditions of their home country. Ragga and The Icelandic Folk Ensemble released their debut album ‘Tregagás’ in October 2009.