A Christmas made in Iceland

by Dominique Dufaut 102 views

Last Saturday, at the Laugardalshöllin, in Reykjavik, Björgvin Halldórsson (Eurovision Song Contest 1995) gave two sets of his 2009 Christmas concert, entitled Jólagestir Björgvins, with many guests on stage, including Paul Oscar (Eurovision Song Contest 1998).

Besides the "more than 900 songs" he recorded along his 35-years career, Björgvin Halldórsson is what we can call a X-Mas specialist in Iceland. Back in 2007, he arranged three Christmas concerts, all sold out, with a grandtotal of 9,000 people attending the first editions of Jólagestir Björgvins. Among his guests, eurofans can notice famous names, like Sigridur Beinteinsdóttir (Sigga – Eurovision 1990, 1992 and 1994), Stefán Hilmarsson (Eurovision 1988 and 1991), Eyjolfur Kristjansson (Eyfi – Eurovision 1991).

Same event took place in 2008, with a CD and a DVD released afterwards (click here to see the tracklist) . Duets with Paul Oscar, Sigga, Stefán Hilmarsson, Eyjolfur Kristjansson can be found on the record, as well as an Icelandic version of John Lennon’s classic, Happy X-Mas (War is over) by Daniel (Eurovision 1989).

Below you can watch some videos connected to this Icelandic Christmas event:

Jólagestir Björgvins 2009 – TV advertisement

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas:

Um Jólin:

More on Bo’s Christmas connection can be found on his YouTube channel .

Björgvin (Bo) Halldórsson took part in many national selections in the 1980’s and the 1990’s, and was chosen to represent his country – internally – in 1995, with the song Núna (now), which placed 15th in Dublin.

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