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The holland handkerchief

from Hadelin by Chris Foster

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    55 minutes of music. Comes in a beautiful matt finish, 6 page digipak with a full colour 12 page booklet, lavishly illustrated with photographs. Design by Inga Elsa Bergþórsdóttir, photography by Chris Foster and Gísli Egill Hrafnsson.

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I found this song after my friend Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir told me
that the well-known Icelandic folk-story ‘Djákninn frá Myrká’ is a version of the story found in the English ballad ‘The Suffolk miracle’. Packy Byrne (1917–2015) sings this version on Vol. 3 of the Topic Records ‘Voice of the People’ series. As I was learning the song, I imagined it accompanied by a consort of viols. Bára Grímsdóttir wrote this beautiful arrangement and imagination became reality.


Full lyrics are on my website at: www.chrisfoster-iceland.com


from Hadelin, track released February 3, 2017
Chris Foster: Vocal
Jackie Oates: Five string viola
Gillian Stevens: Treble viol, Tenor viol and Bass viol
Trevor Lines: Five string double bass


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Chris Foster Reykjavik, Iceland

Chris Foster grew up in the south west of England. A master of his trade, he was recently described as “one of the finest singers and most inventive guitar accompanists of English folk songs, meriting legend status.” Over the past 40 years, he has toured throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. He has recorded six solo albums as well as working on many collaborative projects. ... more

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