Heilög jól / Holy Christmas

from Flúr by FUNI

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Text: Jón Steingrímsson (1728 - 1791). Tune: trad., arr. Bára Grímsdóttir.

We learned this extraordinary one verse Christmas carol from the CD ‘Raddir / Voices’, a great compilation of recordings of traditional singers from the archives of the Árni Magnússon Institute. The singer came from Hólmavík but we don’t know his name because his wish to remain anonymous was respected by the CD’s producers.


English translation

We celebrate Holy Christmas, in the name of Christ.
The blessed sun of justice now appears.
Bethlehem’s star proclaims the most precious treasure.
Jesus brings us, fallen, the freedom of God's children.
The dead receive life.
The poor in spirit are enriched.
The lost sheep find their shepherd.
Let us praise Jesus’ holy name.
Hear our praise, Lord, in grace.
Our hearts are moved to tears.


from Flúr, track released April 2, 2013
Vocal, Bára Grímsdóttir
Langspil, Chris Foster


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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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