Sinéad O'Connor's Surprise TV Performance - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Sinéad O’Connor’s Surprise TV Performance

Published December 31, 2013

Sinéad O’Connor and her daughter made surprise TV appearance in Iceland as backing vocalists for John Grant on RÚV’s New Year’s edition of chat show „Sunnudagsmorgunn“.

Hosted by Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, former Independence Party city councellor, the show usually airs on Sunday mornings but on Tuesday, an extended version called „Gamlársdagsmorgunn“ (Morning of New Year’s Eve) reflected on the past year with various guests from most sectors of society.

At the end of the show, Gísli Marteinn said he’d carried out an unofficial poll in the RÚV headquarters about what had been the song of the year in Iceland, with most people agreeing it being John Grant’s GMF, which is also nominated to the Icelandic Music Awards.

So John Grant ended the show by performing the song live in the TV studio, but not before he and Gísli Marteinn had a short chat in Icelandic.

„Thank you, I’m still working on it, it’s not very simple,“ Grant replied when Gísli complemented him on his Icelandic.
Gísli assured him that Icelandic was even a difficult language for those born in Iceland.

„But I’ve heard that my declension is very good, if I may say so,“ a proud-looking Grant added.

John Grant surprised Gísli Marteinn and his viewers with his backing vocalists who turned out to be none other than Sinéad O’Connor along with her daughter Roisin, visiting Iceland over New Year’s.

„I came here and did the Iceland Airwaves two years ago, that’s why I wanted to come back with my children,“ Sinéad told Gísli Marteinn.

See the whole show online here, with John Grant’s interview starting at 99:28.

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