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Eyjólfur Kristjánsson

Eyjólfur Kristjánsson

Eyjólfur Kristjánsson

Eyjólfur Kristjánsson was born in Reykjavík on April 17th 1961. He finished elementary school in 1977, but before he could graduate from college, he decided to become a full-time musician.
Eyjólfur had his first fling with music a little earlier in Kerlingarfjöll mountains. It was there that he first became acquainted with the acoustic guitar, which has been his instrument of choice ever since. Later Eyjólfur himself became a ski instructor in Kerlingarfjöll and was in charge of the evening sing-a-longs for many a summer. Eyjólfur also studied to become a classical pianist in the Music School of FÍH from 1982-85.

In 1980 he joined “Vísnavinir” (Friends of the Folk Song), a group of folk song and ballad enthusiasts who were quite prolific in the late seventies and early eighties. The band included Ingi Gunnar Jóhannsson and Örvar Aðalsteinsson. Soon the three of them decided to form the band Texastríó (The Texas Trio), which gave Eyjólfur the experience of playing regularly in public and even getting paid for it. His destiny became clear at this time in his life because ever since he has made his living by playing music. The lads from Texastríó and some members of Vísnavinir later formed the folk band Hálft í hvoru and Eyjólfur played with them until 1986.

Then he changed his tune, turned to rock´n roll and joined keyboard player Jón Ólafsson and his buddies in “Bítlavinafélagið” (The Beatles Society). That band was very popular until they broke up in 1990.

Eyjólfur gained valuable experience as a live performer while playing with the band as well as learning a lot about studio work. He has released three solo albums since 1988: Dagar (Days) in 1988, Satt og logið (Thruth and Lies) in 1991 and MM in 2000.
Through the years Eyjólfur has taken part in several musical productions and made numerous guest appearances on albums by other artists. In addition, he is one of the most experienced and sought-after back-up singer and vocal arranger in Iceland.

Eyjólfur has always been an accomplished songwriter, be it as a solo artist, for his bands or other artists.  His song “Álfheiður Björk” won first price in the song competition Landslagið in 1990 and a year later his song “Nína” was Iceland´s contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Lately, Eyjólfur has been focusing on his lyrics and on his album MM  he writes most of the lyrics himself. He regularly performs in public, either alone with his acoustic guitar or with his band Hálft í hvoru, which has changed dramatically. After being in hibernation for many years the band reunited a few years ago and now the folk songs have made way for rock and pop music. The band tours the country regularly and plays vigourously on all kinds of occasions.
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