From the album FROZEN IN TIME

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L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS 

"This National Historic site operated by Parks Canada is an archaeological site on the northern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. This Viking settlement probably had about a hundred people in its hay day. The Vikings explored further south, into the mouth of the Miramichi and into the Bay of Fundy where a baby named Snorri was born. The Vikings coming to North America represent the first time human beings fully encircled the globe and met each other and traded and then also died fighting. This song was written for the Westward Viking Festival and written and performed at the site and in the longhouse. Many thanks to Parks Canada and to the department of Folklore at The University of Iceland in Akureyri."

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Marking the classy nature of this artist who was invited to represent Canadian and Icelandic culture at the Westward Viking Festival, L’Anse Aux Meadows solidifies Vopnfjord’s reputation as a talented songwriter who so poignantly captures the intrigue and history of immensely impressive landscapes both in lyrics and song. “Where coals fires embers glow / In the whispering wind / By the meadows of Vinland / Our new home in Newfoundland,” he sings as soaring folk soundscape. Together with Toronto musician Ian Lefeuvre on violele, the track is graced in epic fullness about a rich Viking heritage, and features Vopnfjord speaking the rich Icelandic language as poetry to the ears, as well.

Lindy Vopnfjord
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Wurlitzer Piano on track 4

Rick May
Bass Guitar, Engineered by Garnett Betts at Coast Road Recording, Victoria, BC

Örn Eldjárn
Electric Guitar on track 2, engineered by Snorri Helgason at Snossgæti, Reykjavik, Iceland

Bob Egan
Pedal Steel Guitar

Ian LeFeuvre
Electric Guitar on track 2, Percussion and Drums on track 2, Violele on track 12

Stephen Krecklo
Lap Steel Guitar on tracks 6 & 7

Simon Miminis
Drums and Percussion

Luke Doucet
Electric Guitar on tracks 5 & 11

Todor Kobakov
Vibraphone, Rhodes Piano, Percussion and Drums on tracks 5, 6 & 9


Engineered by Jeremy Darby and Julian De Corte at Canterbury Music Company Toronto

Engineered by Todor Kobakov at Kobakov Sound Toronto

Mixed by Todor Kobakov at Kobakov Sound Toronto

Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling NYC

Produced by Todor Kobakov

Lyrics

L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS
Few had tried
Dared to dream
Till the day we sailed the seas
Some of us never to return
Some secrets left untold 
And I will see you there
In the meadows of Vinland

In the dew by the brook
Where my love and I did lay
Where the clear waters flow
Where our baby was born
And I will dream of you
And or sweet baby
In L'Anse aux Meadows

In L'Anse aux Meadows
So the story goes
Where coals fires embers glow
In the whispering wind
By the meadows of Vinland 
Our new home in Newfoundland
And I will dream of you in L'Anse aux Meadows

As we stand here today
Where the iron turns to gold
Some secrets still remain
Locked in the soil
And I will dream of you 
When they lay my bones in L'Anse aux Meadows

In L'Anse aux Meadows
So the story goes
Where coals fires embers glow
In the whispering wind
By the meadows of Vinland 
Our new home in Newfoundland
And I will dream of you in L'Anse aux Meadows

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