Helgi Hrafn Jonsson in Hamburg
It’s winter time, so it’s the perfect time for Islandic music. Yesterday was the concert of Helgi Hrafn Jonsson here in Hamburg and to say it with just one word: dreamlike.
There were two different kind of songs last night. On the one hand there were the dreamful songs, which could break your heart, create goose bumps and make you getting lost in sounds and words. Songs like: Lay It Down or Dry Run. And the other side there were songs like Digging Up A Tree (video below), supportet by a bassist and keyboard player / drummer. These songs reminded me a bit of Death Cab For Cutie. Some what more bluesy, a little Rock n Roll. All this combined with Helgi’s entertaining, funny anecdotes between the songs, it was an incredible night. Thank You, Helgi.
Helgi was supported by Ragga Gröndal, which was the perfect attunement for the night. Ragnheiður Gröndal and her boyfriend Guðmundur Pétursson showed us a nice glimpse of Icelandic Folkmusic. And Ragnheiður gave a possible reason why the Icelandic musicians create such a magical, dreamful music. She talked about turbulent nights when you’re head keeps on working and you can’t shut it off and Icelander had no medication against insomnia and so the only way to make your head stop is to put it into words and write it down. Sounds logical.
And all you people in Berlin go out tonight, Helgi is playing tonight at Admiralspalast 101 at 21.00. It’s totally worth it.