‘Game of Thrones’ got Florence + The Machine to sing “Jenny of Oldstones” for new episode
The fantastic second episode of the final season of Game of Thrones was overflowing with memorable moments, including a final montage set to “Jenny of Oldstones,” sung by character Podrick Payne. The song was referenced in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books (which GoT is based on), but most of the lyrics were unknown until this episode, where it also got music by series composer Ramin Djawadi. As they’ve done in the past, the series got an artist to perform the song in the closing credits — in this case Florence + The Machine. Florence’s rendition was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman). You can listen to that below.
“When I first heard the song it sounded like a Celtic lullaby to me,” Florence said about “Jenny’s Song.” “Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it. The magic and ritual in ‘Game of Thrones,’ not to mention the costumes, have always appealed to me. I am honoured to be a part of the final season.”
Florence was originally approached to sing “The Rains of Castamere” in Season 2 but she turned it down, and The National performed it instead. (A Season 3 episode featured The Hold Steady performing another song from the books, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.”) Florence’s song “Seven Devils” was used for the Season 2 trailer, however.
Florence is the only contemporary artist to be featured in an episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, which only has four more episodes left, but there is a new official Game of Thrones album that features songs inspired by the series by The National, A$AP Rocky, Rosalia, SZA and more.
Meanwhile, Florence + The Machine are on tour this spring, with Christine & The Queens, Blood Orange, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats opening on select dates, are are playing NYC’s Governors Ball. All dates are listed below.
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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – 2019 TOUR DATES
May 10 Mayer, AZ FORM Arcosanti
May 12 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl*
May 13 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl*
May 15 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion†
May 17 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena†
May 20 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre†
May 23 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island‡
May 24 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre‡
May 26 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage‡
May 28 Montreal, QC Centre Bell‡
May 30 Boston, MA Xfinity Center‡
June 1 New York, NY Governors Ball Music Festival
June 3 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion‡
June 5 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek§
June 6 Atlanta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre§
June 8 Orlando, FL Amway Arena§
June 9 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena§
*with Perfume Genius
†with Christine & the Queens
‡with Blood Orange
§with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats