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In 2013 they won the European Border Breakers Awards.
Singer-songwriter Ásgeir Trausti did likewise in 2014, and ever since has been successfully touring Europe and the U. with his melodic-folk-pop songs, which he sings both in his native language Icelandic and in English.
In the following example, taken from the song "Ólafur Liljurós", hákveða is shown in italics: Rímur are epic tales sung as alliterative, rhyming ballads, usually a cappella.
Rímur can be traced back to the Viking Age Eddic poetry of the skalds and employs complex metaphors and cryptic rhymes and forms.
These foreign dances are today known as gömlu dansarnir or literally the "old dances".
After their arrival, native dance and song traditions fell into serious decline.
Folk songs are often about love, sailors, masculinity, hard winters, as well as elves, trolls and other mythological creatures, and tend to be quite secular and often humorous.
The music of Iceland includes vibrant folk and pop traditions and is expanding in its variety of sound styles and genres.According to the Icelandic label Record Records, the indie pop-folk group Of Monsters and Men is Iceland’s biggest act since Björk and Sigur Rós.Their debut album My Head Is an Animal, as well as their first single “Little Talks”, reached high positions in single and album charts worldwide.Hallgrímur Pétursson wrote numerous Protestant hymns in the 17th century.In the 19th century, Magnús Stephensen brought pipe organs to Iceland, soon to be followed by harmonium pumped reed-organs.