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The Ballad of Nornagest

traditional Faroe Islands

The Ballad of Nornagest is a folksong from the Faroe Islands—the remote island grouping in the North Sea, roughly equidistant between Scotland, Iceland and Norway. We were invited to sing in the Faroe Islands for the first time in 2017, and when we arrived we instantly fell in love with its magical atmosphere and decided to commission a new folksong from the islands, in the rarely-spoken Faroese language, from Kieran Brunt—a composer and producer who has personal connections to the islands. The text of The Ballad of Nornagest comes from an epic saga poem, Nornagests Rima, which tells the story of Nornagest—a squire to the mythical knight Sigurth—who proves his courage in this tale.

from notes by The King's Singers © 2019


The King's Singers – The Library, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD601Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on SIGCD601 [4'32] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD601 track 6

Recording date
19 March 2019
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Tom Mungall
Hyperion usage
  1. The King's Singers – The Library, Vol. 1 (SIGCD601)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 2019
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