The Anglo-Icelandic folk duo Funi will appear in concert at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Naming their duo after an old Icelandic word meaning fire, Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster perform traditional songs of Iceland and England. They will be coming to Maine following an appearance at Connecticut's Mystic Sea Music Festival.
Bára Grímsdóttir is an acclaimed singer of traditional music in her native Iceland and is also widely respected there as a composer of vocal music. She grew up surrounded by folk songs, hearing her parents and grandparents singing at the family farm in the north of Iceland. She has a special interest in the old rimur and kvæðalög styles of song, but also performs in a range of other traditional forms. She has performed widely in Europe and North America. Chris Foster grew up in Somerset, in the southwest of England, where he first heard and started singing folk songs. Over the last three decades he has performed and recorded throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA.
Now a married couple, the duo has been performing together since meeting at a festival in England in 2000. They have pioneered the use of altered English guitar tunings and kantele, a traditional Finnish plucked string instrument, to accompany the often modal melodies of Icelandic song. For over a decade they have also been exploring the musical possibilities of Icelands two traditional instruments, the Íslensk fiðla and the langspil. Today these instruments are only known to be played by less than ten people in Iceland. In 2009 they created the first ever degree level course on Icelandic traditional music at Listaháskóli Íslands, the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.
In addition to radio and TV appearances, the duo has played festivals and concerts in Belgium, China, Ireland, Holland, Hungary, and the USA as well as in Iceland, England, Wales and Scotland. They now live in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The show will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg. Admission at the door is $15; students $8. $12 advance tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com Children under 8 are admitted free. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 389-1770.
Phippsburg Congregational Church (View)
10 Church Lane
Phippsburg, ME 04562
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