Ólavur Højgaard

Ólavur Højgaard

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Ólavur Højgaard, born in Vestmanna, Faroe Islands, is the lead singers and songwriter of the Faroese country/folk band, Vestmenn, with songwriter and back-up singer Martin Joensen, who also plays acoustic guitar in the band

Vestmenn is one of the most popular bands in the Faroe Islands, and has released a few very well recieved albums with original songs since the 80’s.

Ólavur released his first solo album on Tutl Records in 2008, a double release, one in Faroese and one in English, with songs written collaboratively by Ólavur himself and people like Martin Joensen and Lena Andersen.

The Faroese release, “Úr Vestmanna til Nashville”, and the English release, “When I’m Dreaming”, were both recorded in Nashville with local musicians there, like former Toto bassist, David Hungate.

Ólavur Højgaard’s latest release is the single, “In The Twilight”, which was written for the Haiti eathrquake victims, and was released in 2012 by the Red Cross, which collected all the proceeds on behalf of the victims.

Some words about the band ‘Vestmenn’:

The group was formed in 1983, the same year as the release of our first record ‘Brot’, which was popular at that time. Since then we have given out 10 MC/LP/CD.

Our music is diverse, from country music to rock and traditional folk music,  an ‘easy-listening’ style of music which is delivered with good vocals and on a high musical level.

The songs are all sung in Faroese. Besides being the lead singer in the band, I have written melodies for the band and for my own use.

Ólavur Højgaard - Compositions Worklist

TitlePerformerYearLinkPublisher
Ein Stjørna Lýsir Himni Á - ChristmascarolÓlavur Højgaard2018https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuInSL1kyj8
Syng Meg Heim Til Slignan Bø Og TurkiløgÓlavur Højgaard2017https://tutlrecords.com/products_show.php?l=en&ProductId=988Tutl
In The TwilightÓlavur Højgaard2012https://tutlrecords.com/products_show.php?l=en&ProductId=32Tutl

 

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