Gott ár oss gefi / Give us a good year

from Flúr by FUNI

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Text: Rev. Jón Þorsteinsson (1570 - 1627). Tune: Bára Grímsdóttir.

In 2008 we started work on an interesting project with our friends Helga Jónsdóttir and Arnór Hermansson from Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) off the south coast of Iceland. Together, as the group Mandal, we have set some of the hymns and poems of the Rev. Jón Þorsteinsson to music, given several concerts and recorded a CD.

Rev. Jón Þorsteinsson was a priest and poet who was murdered in the 1627 Tyrkjaránið on the Westman Islands. In some cases it is possible to establish the tune that he had in mind for a particular text. In others we had to make our own. Bára composed this new tvísöngur setting of Jon’s New Year poem, thus proving that the tradition is only dead if nobody bothers to work with it and give it life.

Tyrkjaránið: “Turkish raid”. In 1627, Algerian pirates led by Jan Janszoon, a Dutch privateer, raided several settlements along the south coast of Iceland, plundering, murdering and taking about four hundred people captive, to be sold into slavery in North Africa.

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Give us another good year
God of all grace.
May he bless his people
and suffering souls.

A good year and good peace
send to us my God.
He himself helps us
with his merciful hand.

A good year with inner calm
and other beauty.
Grant us abundant wisdom,
our precious Jesus.

A good year to live right
and to turn from evil,
so as to avoid fraud and trickery,
sin and error.

A good year to be most enriched
with all goodwill.
A cautious approach is best,
in deed and speech.

A good year in every way,
in all walks of life.
We shall live in honour and peace
with good conduct.

A good year in which may all go well
on sea and land.
I commend us to God
so nobody harms us.

Give us all a good year
my God,
for Christ his son.
Thus it is. Amen.

credits

from Flúr, track released April 2, 2013
Vocals, Bára Grímsdóttir, Chris Foster, Hafsteinn Þórólfsson
Langspil, Chris Foster
Double bass, Birgir Bragason

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FUNI Reykjavik, Iceland

FUNI, an old Icelandic word meaning flame or fire, are Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster. Since 2001, they have been breathing new life into great songs that have been hidden away in old recordings, old books and manuscripts for too long. They also add new songs to the tradition. Bára and Chris tour widely in Europe, as well as Iceland and Britain. They have also played in China and the USA. ... more

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