Icelandic Singer-Songwriter, Svavar Knútur, has seen his star rising steadily in the past couple of years. A troubadour of humble beginnings and rural upbringing, Svavar Knútur’s music tells stories of love, tragedies, sadness and redemption in a harsh and hostile climate. His songs and vocal delivery always seem to strike a chord with his audiences, along with his decadently charming on stage persona, his concerts at times comprised of stories within stories within songs within songs. An accomplished storyteller, Svavar Knútur loves to bring his audiences on a journey of misery and redemption with both comic and tragic stops on the way.
A founding member of the Melodica festival organization, a series of international grass-roots songwriter festivals, Svavar Knútur has been a driving factor in both building bridges between international songwriter communities and strengthening the bonds of local folkies.
Svavar’s debut solo Album, Kvöldvaka (songs by the fire), came out in 2009 and has received great critical acclaim. Exploring the difficult journey from misery to redemption, Kvöldvaka is still a joyful celebration of triumph over adversity.
His sophomore album, Amma (songs for my grandmother), a tribute to the heritage of icelandic folk music, held the top position in the Icelandic charts for two weeks and stayed in the top ten for months. Recorded in his best friend’s living room in front of a room full of family and close friends, it is as intimate as an album can become.
Svavar third solo album Ölduslóð (way of waves) continues where Kvöldvaka left off, exploring the hazardous shores of happiness. Featuring collaborations with Czech singer/songwriter Markéta Irglová of Swell Season renown, it is a deeper and ultimately a little darker album than Kvöldvaka, even if the theme is happier.
His album art is a collaboration with his young daughter Dagbjört Lilja, an ever developing series of portraits of the artist.
Svavar Knútur has in the recent years toured Australia, the U.S.A., Canada, Great Britain and Europe extensively and is resolved to keep up the pace.
Svavar is also the first recipient of the Anna Pálína Árnadóttir memorial award for folk music excellence in Iceland. The award was in recognition for Svavar’s continued exploration of new waters in modern folk music both lyrically and musically, a tireless effort to bring older folk music to young audiences and for his continous work on helping out young and emerging artists.
“A night with Svavar will bring you to hell and back, and you’ll be smiling and laughing all the way.” – Pete Uhlenbruch, Australian musician and music blogger.