Baggalútur released the album "Sólskinið í Dakota" (The Sunshine in Dakota) last week with songs which they composed to eleven poems written by two of the most famous “West Icelandic” poets, Káinn and Stephan G. Stephansson.
The idea of the album was born last year when the band members traveled with their families to the areas where Icelandic immigrants settled in North America in the late 19th and early 20th century, Morgunblaðið reports.
Most of the songs on the album were written to compliment poems by Káinn, including the title song "Sólskinið í Dakota", and one of his most beloved poems which he wrote to the farmer’s girl Stína, Christine Hall, who turned 100 this summer.
Originally Baggalútur had planned to only write one song as a present to her, but ended up making an entire album. Icelandic singers Megas and Gylfi Ægisson, along with the senior male choir Gamlir Fóstbræður also participate in the album.
Baggalútur, Megas and his backup band Senuþjófarnir played songs from the album at the music festival Now in Winnipeg, at Gimli and Riverton last spring.
The album was released by the new record label Borgin.
Get it @ Grapewire here.
The band live @ Reykjavik Culture Night 2009
Baggalútur @ MySpace
Source: Iceland Review Online