Chris Foster & Bára Grímsdóttir are going on tour through May & June. The duo Funi (Fire) will perform @ various locations around the UK & give workshops in traditional music. Both Bára & Chris are consummate performers of the traditional songs of Iceland & England. They are also both powerful solo singers, but when they sing together, especially in the unique Icelandic tvísöngur harmony style, the resulting blend of voices, enhanced by stunning musicianship and beautiful photographic projections, is a spellbinding mix.
The pair have been working together since 2000, and have pioneered the blending of English finger style guitar, with kantele to accompany the modal melodies of Icelandic traditional song. They also both play and are actively promoting the revival of Iceland’s two traditional instruments the Icelandic violin and the langspil.
Since 2001 Bára and Chris have performed and taught @ festivals, concerts, summer schools and on radio and TV in Belgium, China, Eire, Hungary, The Netherlands and the USA as well as throughout Iceland and Britain. In 2009 they started the first degree level course on Icelandic traditional music at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.
The duo are also soon to release an EP.
Funi @ MySpace
Sat-Mon 29-31. May, FUNI @ Chippenham Folk Festival, various venues around Chippenham, times t.b.c.
Thur 3. June, FUNI @ Islington Folk Club, The Horseshoe, 24 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1, 8pm
Sat 5. June, Afternoon 2.30pm, FUNI @ Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY. www.andyhornby.net/funi.html
Sat 5. June, Evening 8.00pm, FUNI @ Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY.
Mon 7 - Wed 9. June, FUNI Schools workshops in Wiltshire
Thur 10. June, Chris Foster solo @ Dartmouth Inn, Warland, Totnes, TQ9 5EL, 8.00pm
Fri 11. June, Chris Foster solo @ The Goose is Out, The Magnolia, 211 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London SE22 8HA, 8.00pm.
Mon-Wed 14-16. June, FUNI Schools workshops in Wiltshire
Thur 17. June, Chris Foster solo, Folk @ the Royal Oak, The Royal Oak,
Station Street, Lewes, Sussex