It’s time again for another Iceland Affair. This charming Icelandic festival celebrates it’s sixth year on Saturday October 17th. Nestled in the picturesque towns of Winchester and Norfolk CT, Iceland affair will take over the Winchester center and Infinity Hall for cultural presentations, unique items for sale, food, and a night of music.
During the day Winchester center will play host to multiple presentations, Icelandic horses, food and merchandise. there will be a silent auction table as well as a slew of products from Lopapeysas (Icelandic sweaters), cakes, soaps and other Icelandic items for sale throughout the event. There will be Pylsur (Icelandic Hot-dogs) on site, and their free! They are the best hot dogs you will ever have, in my opinion.
The presenters will lecture on topics such as the science and beauty of the Aurora Borealis, geology of Iceland, Viking lore, ICESAR (Iceland’s search and rescue teams,) Arctic foxes, and there will be a Gyrfalcon, Iceland’s national bird giving a show. The day festivities are free, and you can learn more about the schedule here
Nighttime will bring the Fire and Ice concert. A cozy evening with 5 fantastic Icelandic artists at the Infinity hall in Norfolk, CT. The artists tend to play together and interact with the crowd making it a rather unique and intimate night of great music, laughter and fun for both the artists and audience.
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Svavar Knútur, Sóley, Björn Thoroddsen and Myrra Rós will be gracing the stage this year, all of them veterans of the festival. Most everyone playing has new material or albums that have been released recently, so I’m envisioning a lot of fresh material will be performed.
The festival typically sells out, and with less than half tickets left I would suggest getting them sooner than later. Along with the the bands, there are always surprises that pop up during the concert.
I’ve put a very brief description and sample of the artists music below:
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir has been a vocal coach to many Icelandic singers over the years. her command of Jazz is rivaled only by her smooth and strong voice. No matter what or how she’s singing it’s rare not to be completely sucked in to her songs.
Svavar Knútur is a riot, he not only entertains with great music, but his personality and ability to naturally engage the audience makes for a good time for everyone. He has a new album out, and so there will be plenty of new material to enjoy.
Sóley has been touring all over, but this will be only one of the few times we on the East coast get to see her this year. Her new album was so impressive I actually attempted a review on it. And I can’t wait to hear the new stuff live.
Björn Thoroddsen is a magic man with a guitar, and always puts on a good show with original or highly improvised versions of classic tracks. Not only does he command complete attention when he’s center stage, but he has this amazing ability to play back up for anyone at any time and not miss a beat. He never disappoints.
And Myrra Rós, with her haunting vocals and up-beat melodies are just right for an autumn concert. her new album, “One amongst others” was just released and I really enjoy it. I can’t wait to hear some of the new material live.
So come get a hot dog, learn about Icelandic culture, and spend the night being entertained by an extremely engaging group of musicians.