BIOGRAPHY

"There is music in every situation you get yourself into.”

So says Eivør – vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter with a voice of rare beauty and power – when asked about where she gets her inspiration. These aren’t just words as she has relentlessly pursued music ever since dedicating her life to it at the tender age of fifteen.

Born in 1983 in the Faroe Islands, Eivør’s early musical forays were steeped in Faroese musical traditions. At the age of sixteen she released her self-titled debut album bearing the marks of this fruitful starting point. While an enduring love of Faroese culture remains at the heart of her work, its expression has been widened through profound interaction with other traditions.

Eivør’s musical palette has broadened since her folk beginnings as her albums and performances variably have included jazz, country folk, big band stylings, classical influences, and trip hop tinted rock. As of late, she has consolidated these experimental inputs into her own style of folktronica with heartfelt lyrical observations of life as it unfolds.

Eivør is now based in Denmark. Her music covers a wide musical and emotional range, with themes of love, loss, memory, freedom and nature. She remains a voice unique in its intimacy, its effortless virtuosity and range of colours, evident from her first recording all the way through to her ninth album Bridges (2015). And as always, she is a riveting live performer with a vivacious and warm stage presence.

Her career has thus far been a testament to the fact that there is indeed music in every situation. Yet it takes a skilled artist to be able to grasp and express this music and Eivør is such an artist; an acclaimed vocalist/composer at the peak of her powers.

In fact Eivør’s talents as a composer and performer has recently seen her enter the world of television co-composing the score and soundtrack for the major 2015 BBC TV series “The Last Kingdom” (link 1)(link 2) and landing a guest appearance in ITV’s major upcoming TV show “Beowulf ” (link 1)(link 2).

AWARDS & FACTS

AWARDS

FAROE ISLANDS
Faroese Music Awards 2015
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – WINNER (SLØR)
BEST PRODUCTION – WINNER (SLØR/Tróndur Bogason)
BEST SOLO ARTIST – WINNER
BEST ALBUM ARTWORK – WINNER (SLØR & BRIDGES by Heidi Andreassen)
Faroese Music Awards 2012
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – WINNER
BEST SOLO ARTIST – WINNER
SONG OF THE YEAR (RAIN) – Nominee
Faroese Music Awards 2011
BEST FEMALE SINGER – Nominee
Faroese Music Awards 2010
BEST FEMALE SINGER – nominee
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – nominee
Faroese Music Awards 2009
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
Faroese Music Awards 2008
BEST FEMALE SINGER – nominee
The National Faroese Radio 
Honorary Prize 2007
MUSIC PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – nominee
Faroese Music Awards 2007
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
Faroese Music Awards 2006
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
The National Faroese Radio 
Honorary Prize 2006
MUSIC PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – WINNER
Newspaper Dimmalaetting 
honorary award 2005
PERSON OF THE YEAR – WINNER
Faroese Music Awards 2004
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
Prix Foroyar 
(Faroese National Battle of the Bands)
BEST ROCKBAND (CLICKHAZE) 2001 – WINNER
Arsins Songrodd, Faroes, 1997 (14 years old)
SINGER OF THE YEAR – WINNER

ICELAND
Icelandic Music Awards 2012
BEST FEMALE SINGER OF THE YEAR – Nominee
Icelandic Music Awards 2008
BEST FEMALE SINGER OF THE YEAR – nominee
Icelandic Theatre Awards 2005
BEST MUSIC SCORE (COMPOSER AND PERFORMER) – WINNER
Icelandic Music Awards 2005
BEST FEMALE SINGER OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR – nominee
Icelandic Music Awards 2003
BEST FEMALE SINGER – WINNER
BEST PERFORMER – WINNER

DENMARK
DJBFA HONORARY PRIZE 2013
Danish Music Awards Folk 2008
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR (for “Human Child”) – nominee
BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTIST OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST COMPOSER OF THE YEAR – nominee
Danish Music Awards Folk 2006
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR – WINNER
BEST VOCALIST OF THE YEAR – WINNER
BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTIST OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST BALLAD ALBUM OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – nominee
BEST FOLK COMPOSER OF THE YEAR – nominee

FACTS

At an age of 13 she gave her first performance on Faroese television and won a national song contest in the same year.

In 1999, when Eivør was 15, she quit school and started performing professionally with rock band Clickhaze and jazz quartet Ivory. When she was not touring or practicing with either of those bands she could usually be found singing with the old purveyors of traditional styles, trying to learn all the melodies, rhymes and stories.

In 2000 her first album ”Eivør Palsdottir” was released: a mixture of traditional Faroese ballads and new songs written by Eivør and her band, and performed with a folky and jazzy feel.

In 2001 Eivør and her other band ”Clickhaze” won the national Faroese band contest ”Prix Foroyar”.

In 2002, Eivør left the Faroes in favor of Reykjavík, Iceland to study singing (classical and jazz). At that time she also joined ethno/world/jazz group Yggdrasil, lead by composer and music guru behind the Faroese TUTL label Kristian Blak. She released an album with the group later that year.

2002 also saw the release of a rock album with Clickhaze and more touring with the band in the Faroes, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Greenland.

2003 was the year of her second solo album. “Krakan”, which won the nomination for an Icelandic Music Award in three categories. Eivor was awarded Best Singer and Best Performer in Iceland, 2003.

In 2004 Eivør performed concerts with the Faroese Symphony Orchestra and sang solo in Kristian Blak’s 2004 opera, “Firra”.

The same year she recorded her third solo album together with award winning Canadian producer Bill Bourne.

In 2005, the world famous Danish Radio Big Band released its 40th anniversary album.
All the titles on the album are written and sung by Eivør. 2005 was also the year where Eivor composed and performed the music for the theatre play “Ulfhamssaga”, for which she was awarded ”Best Music Score, 2005” in Iceland.

In 2006 Eivør moved to Copenhagen and instantly became a darling of the local folk scene – winning six Danish Music Award Folk nominations (bringing home two of them) and grants from several foundations in the country.

In 2007 Eivør released her 5th solo album ”Human Child,” recorded and produced in Ireland by legendary producer Donal Lunny. The album is released in both Faroese and English. At one point Eivør had two entries (Faroese and English versions of the same album) in the Top Five charts in both the Faroes and in Iceland.

In 2008 Eivør is based in hometown Gota in the Faroes but touring all around the world.

2009 Eivør is working on her new album Larva and is touring in Scandinavia, Canada & Japan.

2010 Eivør gets a worldwide record deal with Copenhagen Records for the album Larva.

In 2012 Eivør releases the wistful album Room which showcases her unique brand of folktronica with art pop influences. The album is produced by Tróndur Bogason and recorded at Studio Bloch in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.

In 2015 Eivør releases not one but two albums – the bright and longing Bridges and the raw and reflective Slør. Bridges showcases Eivør’s hybrid of folk and electronics while Slør is her most beat oriented effort to date without completely forgoing the folk sensibilities of recent efforts. The albums are produced by Tróndur Bogason with beat production by Høgni Lisberg and are recorded at Studio Bloch in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.