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My European "Second Bell" Tour is starting! :D New song, Janúar coming out! 

Hey my wonderful friends,

Svavar Knútur here, your friendly neighbourhood comfort hobbit and fjord folker.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm coming on tour in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic next week! With three gigs in Scandinavia coming up first, in Copenhagen, Odense (DK) and Älghult (SE). I'll again be bringing my wonderful friends, The Rocketboys and we'll be playing on each other's songs. And in some cities, there will be a band as well. :D We're really excited!

I've also got a sweet new song coming out! It's called Janúar and it's a song of glory, love and appreciation for the least loved of the months. I'll let you know more when it comes out!

But here's a little poster I made for the tour: 

I'd love it it you spread it around...

But here's the tour schedule, tickets are available on my concerts page:

25.09. Hanover - TAK 
26.09. Weimar - Mon Ami
27.09. Leipzig - Kupfersaal - With Rocketboys
28.09. Dresden - Jazzclub Tonne - With Rocketboys
29. 09. Ludwigsburg - Die Fetzerei (Sold out)
01.10. Görlitz - Appollo Theater
02.10. Göttingen - Apex (Sold out)
03.10. Münster - Hot Jazz Club - With Rocketboys plus band
04.10. München - Feierwerk - With Rocketboys plus band
05.10. Berlin - Lido - With Rocketboys plus band
06.10. Hamburg - Knust - With Rocketboys plus band
09.10. Graz - Die Scherbe - With Rocketboys 
10.10. Vienna - B72 - With Rocketboys plus band
11.10. Prag - Palác Akropolis - With Rocketboys plus band
12.10. Nürnberg pop - With band
13.10. Düsseldorf - Hotel Friends

Please be darlings and do the whole Facebook sharing and inviting stuff :D I really want to make this tour a big success <3

I adore you guys and thanks so much for sticking with me.
Oh yeah, and if you want to jog or bicycle with me, 5k, in your city, just sign up on my google form :D

Best wishes and see you soon,

Svavar Knútur

Canadian Tour all confirmed! 

Ahoy my wonderful cousins and friends in Canada!

Finally, I'm coming back to Canada after more than two years absence from my dear friends all around!
I'll be playing songs from my new album, Ahoy! Side A and bringing lots of silly stories for you.

So, here's a little overview of the tour:

Friday May 17th - Vancouver - Café Deux Soleils (With Gisun) 
Saturday May 18th - Winnipeg - The Cavern (With Jaxxon Haldane)

Monday May 20th - Taking the train from WPG to Toronto. What a treat!!!

Thursday May 23rd - Toronto - The Burdock (With Shawn William Clarke)
Friday May 24th - Montreal - Rocket Science Room (With Shawn William Clarke)
Saturday May 25th - Ottawa - Bar Robo 6pm show (With Shawn William Clarke)

Yes, it's short and no, I can't visit everyone I'd like, but it's a start babes and I'm going to be coming more often now, as I have found great people to work with and making new friends every time. 

Also! Take the trains, they're the best and most environmentally friendly mode of transportation available to man.

I love you guys!

Your friendly neighbourhood Troubadour,

Svavar Knútur

 

Award nominations, Awards and upcoming European tour 

Hello my dear friends!

I have some news for you! My new album, Ahoy! Side A has been nominated for the Icelandic music awards as best Indie pop album. Makes me very proud! I was also nominated as singer of the year! Great success! Also, the music video for the Hurting won first prize at the Apex film festival in Arizona! This makes me so proud! 

Also, I'm on my way back on some tours with lots of good stuff going on! And as always, I'll be riding the trains with my trusty Interrail pass :D 

First, the smaller things:

Germany:

April 5th - Tübingen - Vivat lingua, beautiful little concert. Be welcome!
April 6th - Ettlingen - Nachtcafé im Schloss

Canada:

Fri. May 17th - Vancouver - Café Deux Soleils
Sat. May 18th - Winnipeg -  The Cavern

Fri. May 24th - Toronto - The Burdock
Sat. May 25th - Montreal - Rocket Science room
Sun. May 26th - Ottawa - Bar Robo

Europe:
Fri. Jul 26. - Flensburg - Flensburger Hofkultur
Sat. Aug. 10 - Wagersrott - Enzo Festival
Sat. Sept. 7 -  Denmark: Nordsjæl festival
Sat. Sept. 14 - Schleswig - Norden Festival 
Sun. Sept. 15. - Schleswig - Norden Festival

Short tour of Scandinavia between Sept. 16 and 23. T.B.A.

And then, my "Second Bell" tour, presented by: AskHelmut, Bleistiftrocker.de, Kulturnews, Soundkartell, Folker and Stairbeans booking and management:

Wed, Sep 25, 2019    Hannover, TAK (solo) 
Thu, Sep 26, 2019      Weimar, Kulturzentrum mon ami (solo) 
Fri, Sep 27, 2019        Leipzig, Kupfersaal (Band) 
Sat, Sep 28, 2019       Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne (Band) 
Sun, Sep 29, 2019      Ludwigsburg, Die Fetzerei (solo) 
Tue, Oct 1, 2019         Görlitz, Apollo Theater (solo) 
Wed, Oct 2, 2019       Göttingen, Apex (Solo) 
Thu, Oct 3, 2019         Münster, Hot Jazz Club (Band) 
Fri, Oct 4, 2019           München, Feierwerk (Band) 
Sat, Oct 5, 2019          Berlin, Lido (Band + Choir) 
Sun, Oct 6, 2019         Hamburg, Knust (Band) 
Wed, Oct 9, 2019       AT-Graz, Die Scherbe (Solo) 
Thu, Oct 10, 2019       AT-Vienna, B72 (Band)        
Sat, Oct 12, 2019        Nürnberg, Nürnberg.Pop (Band) 
Sun, Oct 13, 2019       Düsseldorf, Hotel Friends (solo)

Tickets for the tour available here on my website.

 

So, more info is coming up soon! I'm still working on Ahoy! Side B and you'll be the first to know when it's ready.

New song out now! New album and tour just starting! 

Hey hey you guys! 
Svavar Knútur here, your friendly neighbourhood Troubadour. I have lots of cool news for you! 
A new song out today, a new album out in September and an upcoming massive tour of Germany and Austria. 

So here is my news, in a bit more detail. 

NEW SONG - MORGUNN 

A couple of weeks ago, I released my song Morgunn (Morning) on icelandic Radio and boy did it take off! It’s been in the second place in the Icelandic national radio charts for four weeks running! It just slipped down to number six this week, so, now we’re making it available on Spotify and I’m super excited to hear what you think about it. 

The song is about the beauty of the morning, how nature and the human spirit both fill with life as the warm rays of the sun break the darkness and wake the world. A song of gratitude and celebration. I really hope you like it. 
Check it out on spotify, but here's also a link to a little video I made for you guys, from some of the photos and videos from my phone. Some of you might actually be in the video ;-) 

NEW ALBUM! 

For the last couple of months, my lovely friends and I have been busy, recording a new album, called Ahoy! Side A. The album is an experiment, side A of a bigger album, with side B to be released later. But it’s still a full album, with nine songs. Five new songs and four older songs, “repainted”. I’m really happy with it and I’m looking forward to hearing how you guys like it. It’ll be released for streaming and downloading on september 14th. I’ll tell you more about the album as the release draws closer. 

Here’s the album cover artwork for you guys. The artwork is the product of my daughter Dagbjört Lilja. 
Click it to get to the download link page! :D

 

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE NEW ALBUM AND ALSO WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FIRST SONG, MORGUNN! 

  
UPCOMING TOUR! 
Also, I’m coming to Europe for a tour in september and cotober, playing Germany and Austria this time, but no worries guys in other countries, I have plenty of plans for tours over at your places. Look out Switzerland, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and more. I'm working on coming your way. 
  
My tour is wonderfully presented and supported by ASK HELMUT, The Postie, Kulturnews, Soundkartell, Folker and the awesome folks at Interrail. 
  

04. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Münster - Hot Jazz club 

10. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Pforzheim - Horsch 

11. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal 

12. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Ludwigsburg * -Fetzerei SOLD OUT 

13. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • München * - Feierwerk 

15. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Osterburken - Alte Schule 

17. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Hamburg +* - Knust 

18. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Kiel + - Prinz Willy 

19. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Köln +* - Stadtgarten 

20. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Nürnberg +* - Club Stereo *Few tickets left 

22. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Berlin +* - Lido 

25. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Dresden - Jazz Club Tonne 

26. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Jena - Glashaus im Paradies 

27. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Erfurt - Museumskeller 

28. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Aue - SOLD OUT 

29. Sep. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Leipzig - Kupfersaal 

01. Oct. Svavar Knútur (IS) • AT-Graz - Die Scherbe 

02. Oct. Svavar Knútur (IS) • AT-Wien - B72 

03. Oct. Svavar Knútur (IS) • AT-Innsbruck - Die Bäckerei 

04 Oct. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Göttingen * - Apex  - Few tickets left  

05 Oct. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Husum - Speicher 

06 Oct. Svavar Knútur (IS) • Norderney -  SOLD OUT 

  

+ = Duo Show 

* = Special Guests: The Rocketboys (US) 
  

Tickets can be bought on my home page at: https://www.svavarknutur.com/concerts 

I'm so excited to see you all soon! The rest of Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. I'm working on plans to see you. It's all in the works right now. 

Best wishes and love, 
your friend, 
Svavar Knútur 
 

Music video animated short and upcoming tour 

Hello my dearest dears!

Finally a little update! I've been taking a mix of very hard work and a hard vacation.

So, first things first! My first music video is out! For the song "Brot (the breaking)". It's an animated short done by my friends Jörg Zysik and Nanja Heid of Trickfilm in Bremen. I hope you guys like it. It's a dramatic story of maritime adventures, love and danger. Woohoo...

Please share it if you like it.


 

Also, I'm going on tour in Europe this September. Playing some songs and having fun and I have some T-Shirts and Gym Bags that I'll be bringing along.

 

Here's my upcoming tour, presented by: ASK HELMUT, ByteFM, taz. die tageszeitung, Melodie & Rhythmus, akustik-gitarre.com 

08/09/17 Hamburg, Hamburger Küchensessions Gehen Raus 
09/09/17 DK-Hellebaek, Nordsjael Festival 
10/09/17 SE-Gothenburg, Matteuskyrkan 
12/09/17 Greifswald, Boddenhus 
13/09/17 Annaberg-Buchholz, Soziokulturelles Zentrum Alte Brauerei e.V. 
14/09/17 Ludwigsburg, Die Fetzerei 
15/09/17 Husum, Speicher Husum 
17/09/17 BE-Hasselt, VILLA BASTA 
18/09/17 NL-Utrecht, Hostel Strowis
19/09/17 Münster, Hot Jazz Club 
20/09/17 Göttingen, APEX KULTUR e.V. 
21/09/17 Wetzlar, Franzis 
22/09/17 Berlin, Badehaus Berlin* 
23/09/17 Leipzig, Horns Erben - Kultur & Speisen* 
24/09/17 Bayreuth, Glashaus Bayreuth 
25/09/17 Nürnberg, club stereo* 
26/09/17 München, Unter Deck* 
27/09/17 Köln, die wohngemeinschaft* 
28/09/17 Mainz, Kulturclub Schon Schön* 
29/09/17 Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne* 
30/09/17 Erfurt, Museumskeller und HsD Erfurt 

*Special Guests: The Rocketboys 

 

See you soon guys! Enjoy!


 

New album, My Goodbye Lovelies, out soon - Plus European tour 

Hey my dearies.
Long time since I updated this right here. So I wanted to let you know a couple of things!
First of all, I have a new album coming out this month, called My goodbye lovelies. It's a collection of some of my favorite farewell songs (encores) as well as some covers that I love just a bit too much to let go.
The artwork is a bit feisty. I hope it doesn't scare you guys away. :-)


Second thing!
I'm coming to Europe on a tour, end of April until the end of may.
You can see all of the dates in my tour calendar just above. Hope to see you there!
As always, let me know if there's any songs you'd like me to put up here with tabs/notations and lyrics.
Love and joy,
your ever loving friend,
Svavar Knútur

A cover for a dear departed friend 

My dear friends,
a couple of weeks ago, I learned of the passing of my dear friend Beat Anliker in Thun, Switzerland. 
Beat was a wonderful human being, full of passion and love of music. He was the owner of the Café bar Mokka, and a great supporter of the Indie scene.
This song sprang into my mind, an old and beautiful song by my friend Ólöf Arnalds.
I recorded it at Soundcloud Studios in Berlin with the help of the amazingly talented Carina Schwertner from the band "Oh, Lonesome me."
I hope you like it.
Best wishes,
your ever loving troubadour,
Svavar Knútur


Tiny update... Long time no see. 

Hey guys! I'm really sorry about my lack of blogging for the past 9 months. I've been super busy and working like crazy and I totally forgot to put stuff on my website. 
So, basically, this has happened:

I released my new album, Brot (The Breaking) which has done wonderfully, on CD and Vinyl.
A christmas tour in Germany
In January, I did a concert in Mengi with a couple of noise artist friends of mine. They basically electronically processed the signals from my mic and my guitar and totally distorted and electrocuted it. It was a crazy and fun experience and I can't wait to do it again.
A tour of Europe in february.
Theater work in Gütersloh, Germany on a new play by my friend Christian. Wrote and performed music and did some acting. Premiered in May.
Tour of Europe in May. 
Toured Iceland in june/July with my friend Kristjana Stefáns, who is just about to release her new album.
Played two concerts with my wonderful friend Marketa Irglova in Czech republic in june.
Played Torp Festival (NO) and Bardentreffen (DE) in July.
Did a short, impromptu tour of Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland in August.

It's been grand! :D I'm so grateful for having the opportunity to participate in all these fun adventures!

Ahead is some more touring of Europe and Canada and some songwriting. Also, a concert with Tina Dico in Copenhagen.

Right now I'm working with the most amazing Reykjavík Melodica team on this years festival, which will take place in August.

Hope to see you guys somewhere along the way in the next year.

New album Brot (The Breaking) out in October! 

Greetings my friends!
Svavar Knútur here!
Just wanted to let you guys know that my new album, Brot (The Breaking) is coming out in october.
I'm so proud and so happy!
It's coming out on CD and Vinyl and It features 10 songs, 5 in icelandic and 5 in english.

Here's the Tracklist:

1: Brot  (A song about the breaking)
2: The Curtain  (A song about missing your loved ones)
3: Girl from Vancouver   (A song about fantasies and reckless abandon)
4: Ástarsaga úr fjöllunum  (A song about those we lost)
5: Bátur bíður  (A lullaby)
6: Wanderlust   (A song about wanderlust)
7: Little things   (A love song)
8: Þokan    (A song about finding your way through the fog)
9: Úlfar    (A song for my son)
10: Slow Dance   (A song about childbirth from the point of view of the helpless father)


And here's the CD cover:



Aaand the Vinyl cover:




I can't wait to present it to you in the coming months! Of course in a couple of weeks you'll be able to buy it digitally at svavarknutur.bandcamp.com or Itunes or Amazon or stream it on Spotify and other streaming services.

So here's a little preview, the title song Brot, in icelandic. A rough English translation of the lyrics follows.


Brot (The breaking)

No storms have crashed on me this night
to my relief
I have walked a crooked path, all my life and plans
lie askew
But even if sometimes I can try to sail my life straight
chaos still haunts me
The world’s hard times fill my mind with a blizzard
I find no refuge.

Will I find today a short respite
Will I find in this place some sanctuary
just for one breath.

I have been thrown across the ocean, sunk to the bottom
ran my heart aground
Got back afloat, waves crashed on my soul,
could not find my way to safe harbour.
And though sometimes I find quiet, It goes slow and hard
calming the waves.
But the thought that life’s hailstorm will subside
I count as my life’s salvation.

Will I find today a short respite
Will I find in this place some sanctuary
just for one breath.


Best wishes,
Svavar Knútur