Ösp Eldjarn

Ösp's music reflects the folk song of Iceland blended with the bustling songwriting culture of the capital and her love of jazz.

Ösp Eldjarn's official bio

Hailing from a valley in the North of Iceland, Ösp makes music that reflects the folk songs of her native country and absorbs the artistry of contemporary London songwriting. She carries with her a fine Icelandic tradition of soaring melody-led songs of glacial beauty and striking emotional power.

After studying classical singing and jazz singing, Ösp moved to London in the Autumn of 2011 to study further and to pursue a solo career, having released two successful albums with her brother and friends, as the band Brother Grass. Inspired by the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald, the stories of Joni Mitchell and by her own nordic folk roots, she began to write her own songs. For the past 3 years, together with pianist/singer/guitarist, Helga Ragnarsdóttir, bassist Sam Pegg and singers Maiken Marlen Sundby and Marit Røkeberg, Ösp has performed in various music venues and festivals in the UK and Iceland, such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Festival No6, UnampliFire and Reykjavík Folk Festival. Her debut album, Tales from a poplar tree was released on March 22nd 2017.

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