Iceland Review catches up with soloists Hafdís Huld, Ragga Gröndal, Védís Hervör and Lára Rúnars in Húsavík, who are touring the country together to help fix the gender imbalance in the music world.
Published in the 2013 October-December issue of Iceland Review – IR 05.13. By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir. Photos by Páll Stefánsson.
A few songs in and Hafdís Huld taps her mike suspiciously. Then she backs up into the room, tests the mike from there, and asks the audience whether they can hear her properly. They can. In the compact intimate setting of Gamli Baukur, a wooden quayside restaurant and bar in Húsavík, North Iceland, everyone can hear this petite woman with the big voice— no mike is necessary.
Moments later Ragga Gröndal seems to realize something and checks the electrical box behind her. She bursts out laughing. “Girls, I know what the problem is… All the lines are on mute!” Apparently, they had muted the sound after testing earlier in the day and forgotten about it. They are admittedly tired after having driven 2,000 km (1,240 miles) in five days. Hafdís quips ironically: “And here we are to prove that we don’t need any men to help us out with hooking things up.”
Hafdís, Ragga and fellow soloists Védís Hervör and Lára Rúnars went on a tour of the West Fjords and North Iceland from August 20 to 25 to promote their latest music and KÍTÓN, the Association of Female Musicians in Iceland, founded in December 2012. This is the final concert of the first leg of their journey around the country, set to continue in the autumn. As board members of KÍTÓN, the four women made it their obligation to urge female musicians to step into the spotlight.
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