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Okra Playground - Turmio
Finnish folk music can sound other-worldly. The country's folk-epic, "The Kalevala," is laced with charms and spells, and its impact on Finnish folk culture has been immense. One can hear its echoes in this new recording. Three female vocalists are up-front. Both play the kantele, strung over their shoulders for a twin-stringed attack that any heavy metal band would envy. The men in the band round out the contemporary sound with bass, synth, accordion and percussion. Comparisons to both Värttinä and Hedningarna are inevitable. Okra Playground has an organic, acoustic base, but they frequently add electronic enhancements so that their overall approach appeals to both traditionalists and experimentalists.

Egeland, Molsky and Jarvela - Rauland Rambles
American Bruce Molsky, Finn Arto Järvelä and Norwegian Ånon Egeland join together in a traditional music tour de force. Fiddles abound, along with banjo and touches of ukelele, kantele and jew's harp. They play each others folk music like a natural part of their DNA. It's seamless and vibrant. And it is all recorded at a live concert.

Nordik Tree - Contradans (Nordik Tree II)
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark return for round 2, aother brilliant collaboration for fiddles, mandolin, piano and harmonium (pump organ). Maria Kalaniemi guests on one track.

Alakotila, Järvelä, Kennemark - Nordik Tree
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark, three formidible artists from Finland and Sweden, in a collaboration for fiddles and harmonium (pump organ).

Floating Sofa Quartet - The moon we watch is the same
Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and traditional pieces from their respective countries; sweet melodies and feisty dance tunes are performed with intriguing harmonies, intensity, humor and the warm acoustic sound of wooden instruments. Floating Sofa Quartet is: Mads Kjøller-Henningsen [DK] - wooden flute & swedish bagpipes; Leija Lautamaja [FI] - 2,5-row melodeon & harmonium; Clara Tesch [DK] - fiddle; Malte Zeberg [SE] - double bass

Tellu, Kangas, Lyberth and Blak - Piniartut (The Hunters)
This powerful recording was produced by Tellu working with musicians from Finland, Greenland, Faroe Islands. Using themes of hunting and fishing as the core of the project, they move into an incredible circle of deeply ancient and wildly modern musical territories. highly recommended

Teppo Valimaki - Taysin palkein
Is Teppo Välimäki the Elvis of Finnish accordion? Whatever he is, Täysin palkein is real traditional roots, real energy, all solo...

Arto Jarvela - On the Coast (Arto Plays the fiddle, Vol. 3)
The thrid in Arto Järvelä's series of fiddle solo recordings tracing the history of the music in Finland. 19 more tunes by the master musician. Notes in English as well as Finnish.

Ampron Prunni - Ampron Prunni
Arto Järvelä (nyckelharpa, fiddle, mandolin) , Risto Hotakainen (fiddle, mandolin, jouhikko) and Timo Valo (harmonium) have been playing together for years in this ensemble, but it took until 2006 for them to finally finish a recording. JPP's Arto Jarvela needs little introduction. Risto Hotakainen and Timo Valo are founding and current members of the important Finnish national folk group Tallari (Arto is also a former member).

JPP - Live in Duluth (2 CD set)
A live concert in Duluth with one of Finland's most famous folk ensembles, and certainly the band that has single-handedly made Finnish folk fiddling an international fascination.

Kimmo Pohjonen - Sensitive Skin
Composer and accordionist Pohjonen is joined by a strong cast of Finnish and European musicians, plus Kronos Quartet, on a series of his own compositions on this 2016 release.

Anne-Mari Kivimäki - Lakkautettu kylä (A closed down village)
The third in her Suistamo series, A Closed-Down Village musically explores Finnish WWII evacuees, wartime, leaving one's home and the current reality in the Karelian village of Suistamo that used to be part of Finland but now belongs to Russia. The music has been inspired by the life and the stories told by the Karelian storyteller and accordion player Ilja Kotikallio (1894-1961). This was donated by the artist for RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' series, and all proceeds from the sale support the magazine and radio program.

Slobo Horo - Divane
The Balkan Finn rock band ride again on this 2001 release of high energy dance and art music.

Kimmo Pohjonen and Eric Echampard - Uumen
Kimmo Pohjonen (accordion)/ Eric Echampard (drums) joined forces in 2001 with the goal to make totally improvised music, live on stage with no rehearsals. They have succeeded in their aim to ride the edge of melody, counterpoint, energy and tension as proven by the enthusiastic audiences at each performance, as well as by the satisfaction and exhilaration of the two players.

JPP - Skywire - Taivaankansi
The fiddling Finns return with a 2015 recording that brings their usual mix of great traditional tunes and a heavier emphasis on compositions by members and friends. Highly recommended!

Frigg - Polka V
Furious folk fiddling from Finland is back on the band's 2012 recording. Original compositions with roots in the tradition, performed by one of world's leading fiddle bands (with great acoustic bass, guitar, and mandloin, as well). Highly recommended.

Piirpauke - Ikiliikkuja-Perpetuum mobile
The Very Best of Piirpauke

Kimmo Pohjonen - Kluster
2002 release from this Finnish accordion innovator

Piirpauke / Kalevala Spirit - In the spirit of Kalevala Finland
A reissue and more, this CD includes the 1985 Piirpauke album Wild East, plus 5 more tracks from 1997 with a somewhat different sextet under the name Kalevala Spirit.

aNoo - The luckless lands of the North
aNoo is a group led Brussels based Finn, Anu Junnonen. Anu started playing piano at the age of seven and added flute a few years later. She got the kick for jazz in her teens from playing saxophone and jamming with friends, with whom she also created a local junior big band in order to perform modern -tunes and Finnish compositions. She is accompanied by accordion, trombone, acoustic bass and drums on a set of original and unusual songs. Listen

Various: Finnish Gypsy - Luludzako drom
Songs recorded in Finnish Gypsies' homes in Karelia, in eastern Finland.

Snekka - mot.
The 2004 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival's Ensemble of the Year is on CD at last, in a stirring set of orginal instrumental ballads, jazzy grooves and agressive new-acoustic folk. Tero Hyväluoma (violin), Markus Luomala (accordion), Olli Seikkula (guitar) and Tarmo Anttila (double bass) offer a smart new look at the Suomi roots. Fans of both Maria Kalaniemi and Hedningarna will find common ground.

Arto and Antti Järvelä - Os Fera Liluli
Finnish fiddler Arto and guitarist Antti Järvelä join together for their first recording as a duo. American fiddler and friend of Nordic music Bruce Molsky writes: "Os fera liluli is far-reaching, soulful and intimate. Each piece is bright and visual, a mini-journey to some interesting and far-awayplace. These are tunes worth listening to over and over again!"

World Mankeri Orchestra - Thauma
Unique avant garde folk music from Finland. 'The mänkeri is the perfect counterpoint to the liru; like Djivan's sublime duduk offsetting Pharoah's reedy rhaita or Don Byron's thoughtful clarinet vs. Bird's frenetic alto. It adds a warm, introspective side that contributes to what is overall an enjoyably challenging, remarkably consistent and utterly original recording.' - RootsWorld

Various artists - Ehtoota!
Concert performances recorded in the Etno-Pojat theater in Finland (home of the World Mänkeri Orchestra), includes songs by American Cafe Orchestra, Pinnin Pojat, Tallari, Nikolai Blad, Heikki Laitinen and more.

Jarvalen Napparit - Hot Club of Kairela
The classic Kaustinen fiddle sound is performed to perfection on this 1993 recording. On this recording the young musicians of the town are joined by JPP's master musicians to perform the music just like you'd hear it in the village school or the main stage some Sunday afternoon at the Kaustinen Festival. Perfect!

Arto Järvelä - Cross-Tuned (Avovireessä)
Arto Järvelä Plays Fiddle Vol. 2 presents another round of great solo fiddling from the Finnish musician, this time in a set of 'cross tuned' or open-tuning pieces . These include traditional and pieces composed by Järvelä.

Trio Fratres - Pictures at an Exhibition
A Finnish accordion trio of Raimo Vertainen, Heikki Jokiaho and Toni Hämäläinen tackles the classic Mussorgsky work, plus some piece by Tchaikovsky and Jokiaho. A must have for anyone interested in the extremes of the accordion!

Marjut Tynkkynen - Kalevi Aho (Black Birds)
Solo works for accordion from Finland: 'Sonata for accordion No.1' and 'Sonata for accordion No.2 - Black Birds'

Frigg - Grannen
The fifth recording from the fiddle-centric octet based in Kaustinen, Finland. More suprises, more brilliant music, and all the energy and musicianship we have come to expect.

Frigg - Economy Class
Frigg return with their third studio album, advancing their place as young leaders of the Nordic roots music movement. Frigg continue to forge a unique concoction of string music from many cultures through the filter of their native traditions of Finland and Norway. With elements of Appalachian, Celtic, and Eastern European folk influences, this band of fiddles, bass, guiatar, mandolin and percussion delivers another brilliant collection.

Frigg - Keidas - Aase - Oasis
The Finnish/Norway collective returns with their 2005 (and second) release.

ZetaBoo - OuterRail
ZetaBoo arrives for a second round with this down to earth CD, a unique blend of pop, jazz and folk-roots. Composer Jarmo Saari offers songs that are melodic and folky, spontaneous and intuitive. Marko Timonen provides the swinging percussion that is at the heart of this new recording, driving a more relaxed band of vocals, accordion, keyboards, guitars, cavaquinho, trombone, lapsteel, keyboards, citara, and bass (Pekka Lehti) , a bit more subtle than their previous releases. The theme of the disc is the outer rail and homesickness. Says Saari: 'This is like a series of traveller's landscapes. The journey is more important than arriving. The traveller prefers to follow a flitting butterfly or the advice of a stranger than a tourist map. Boldness and spontaneity are rewarded.'

Pekka Lehti and Outo Voima - Sohjo
The latest from the Finnish bass player expands his last Outo Voima project by creating a more solid ensemble approach, a larger, deeper sound and an unabashed sense of playful energy and dark wit. Pekka Lehti - double bass; Marko Timonen - percussion; Jouko Kyhälä - harmonium, harmonicas, melodica, claviola, overtone singing and kantele

Lehti, Pekka - Outo Voima
Varttina bassist steps out of the roots music and into jazz, avant garde and other experiments in duets with Timo Alakotila (harmonium), Sanna Kurkio-Suonio (voice), Wimme Saari (vocal joiks), Arto Jarvela (violin), Jarmo Saari (guitar) and Riita Kossi (accordion). Unique new music from Finland

Baltic Crossing - The Tune Machine
Baltic Crossing use their strong affinity for old dance music and respect for each others traditions to bring a new youthful energy to the folk music of Europe. Wherever they meet, at least one must cross the Baltic Sea. With award-winning members hailing from the UK, Finland and Denmark, Baltic Crossing bring you fiery Scandinavian fiddles, bubbling Northumbrian pipes and a driving guitar and double bass rhythm section. Baltic Crossing is Ian Stephenson, Andy May, Esko Järvelä, Antti Järvelä, and Kristian Bugge.

Erik Hokkanen and Lumisudet - Cosmic Meltdown Vol. 1
Fiddler and guitarist Hokkanen, Texan of Finnish descent, with Finns Arto Järvelä, mandolinist-guitarist Petri Hakala and bassist Tapani Varis and great guests: Maria Kalaniemi, Timo Alakotila, Mauno Järvelä, Kimmo Pohjonen. It's a bit of Finnish tradition, some old-timey American, Texas swing, Tin Pan Alley and more, played by some of the hottiest musicians around.

Arto Jarvela - Far In!
Arto Järvelä the one-man-band takes a contemporary look at tunes old and new and executes them multi-track style with guitar, mandolin, mandola, kantele, percussion, marimba and of course, fiddle. The adventure continues in 2005.

Arto Jarvela - Soitta Viulna: Arto Järvelä plays fiddle
Yes, he does, in 21 solo works for Finnish folk fiddling.

Arto Jarvela - Polska Differente
Starring as the lead player of fiddle, nyckelharpa and mandolins, Arto Järvelä is joined by a long list of guests including Timo Alakotila, Tapani Varis, Olli Varis, Kimmo Pohjonen, Petri Hakala, Morten Alfred Hoirup, Sinikka Jarvinen, Roger Tallroth, and many more for a round of traditional and original songs and tunes.

Kaustinen Purppuripelimannit - Santerin Khavilassa
Probably the best known sound of Finland, the fiddle orchestra with harmonium and bass. These are some of the grand old masters of the style.

various Finnish - Entiset Etniset
Historical direct disc recodings from 1935-1954 - 37 great tracks from the roots of recorded Finnish folk.

The World Mankeri Orchestra - Inky Joy
The Finnish etno-pojat returns with their 2004 release of edgy winds, subtle percussion, bass and strings. Heikki Syrjänen and Pekka Westerholm - winds (including lira and mänkeri) and kantele; Olli Penttilä - bass; Markku Penttilä - percussion and bass; and Petri Pentikainen, percussion and drums.

Frigg - Live
The Finnish-Norwegian group produces fresh Scandinavian folk fiddling accompanied by fretted instruments, upright bass and endless energy in this live recording made in concert in 2007.

Sväng - Schladtzshe
The Finnish harmonica quartet strikes again. "Schladtzshe!" is both a swear and a toast. The band explains it: "Brothers! Let us make our mistakes with pride, for life otherwise is a mere collection of irrational occurrences. Let us empty our abundant, if sometimes bitter, drink with joy!" You'll just have to listen.

Svang - Sväng
Sväng offers a fresh and unusual take on Finnish folk and popular styles like the tango, and on Balkan, Swedish and completely original folk music, by using only the mouth harp, the harmonica, in forms small and large, the chromatic, diatonic, harmonetta and bass. The members of the ensemble are all well respected in various musical worlds in Finland. The music runs the gamut from moody to raucous, from the sumblime to the comical, from the subtle to the outright jaunty.

Maria Kalaniemi - Vilda rosor (Wild Rose)
The 2010 release by the Finnish free-bass button accordionist delves into Finnish-Swedish folk roots, accompanied by a wonderful ensemble including Pekka Lehti, Arto Järvelä, Eero Grundström, Olli Varis and many other great Finnish musicians.

Lepisto, Markku - Silta
The Finnish accordionist best known for his continuing work with Värttinä, but also for ground-breaking work in the Finnish folk music scene with Progmatics, Katrilli and Pirnales, his recent duo recording with Petri Hakala , and the ensemble Doina Klezmer. This recording sees him in the company of some of Finland's best musicians, collaborating on a wide ranging groups of works both traditional and innovative.

Jouko Kyhala - Saalas
Harmonica master Jouko Kyhälä (of Svang) is joined by Piia Kleemola (violin), Pekka Lehti (bass), Janne Lappalainen from Varttina (bouzoki) and Abdissa Assefa (percussion) for a wide ranging musical tour.

Karuna - Hyvaa Matkaa
Karuna perform new Finnish folk music primarily with three keyboard instruments: Esko Järvelä plays the nyckelharpa, Juha Kujanpää the piano) and Teija Niku the accordion). The music on Hyvää matkaa (bon voyage) consists of original tunes strongly influenced by Scandinavian folk music, but given a thoroughly modern reading. Guest musicians add percussion, guitar and bass on a few tracks.

Tapani Rinne - Silent Night
Nordic/Sami electro-pop artist takes on Christmas and winter songs familiar and unknown

SANS - Live
SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio (of Hedningarna), multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country's heart-rendingly voice-like reed pipe, the duduk. Formed by the musicians who made Cronshaw's most recent CD, The Unbroken Surface of Snow, SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world. The entire program was recorded live in 2013.

Vidar Skrede Dynamo Band - Happy Monkey
Vidar Skrede presents his Nordic inspired compositions with a new band. The sound is made from hardanger fiddle and ordinary fiddle, together with Finnish musicians Pilvi Järvelä on harmoniom and Jani Kivelä on cittern.

Nomas - Flow
Six musicians from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden join forces for a new-folk revival - old traditions andnew compositions. Their sound has influences from all the Nordic folk music traditions, jazz, pop, rock and classical music, and not least the musicians' strong personal styles. The artists are Vidar Skrede, Carl Nyqvist, Pauliina Pajala, Christian Stærke, Olli Kari and Michael Graubæk.

Pekko Käppi - Jos ken pahoin uneksii
The Finnish traditional horse hair lyre called jouhikko is transformed from the tradition by this master musician. His influences come mainly from Finnish folk- and song tradition, but also the North American root music as well as Russian and Siberian indigenous music . This is Käppi's first full album, where he concentrates on the rock side of life and starts the record with a beat that goes on like a steam train, combining jouhikko with folkrock, song tradition from other cultures, old gospels and psychedelia. Remarkable new music.

Rinneradio - Pan
The 2004 release by this innovative Finnish ensemble of Tapani Rinne - saxophone and clarinet; Verneri Lumi - electronics and Juusonik - percussion.

The World Mankeri Orchestra - Valkoista Sukua
Founded in 1984 as Etno-Pojat, the World Mänkeri Orchestra is an innovative (and aggressive) 'primitive jazz" ensemble that features hand-made, ancient reeds, horns, and drums and electric bass, and on this recording young Finnish vocalist Meri Titola, who brings a new dynamic to the ensemble's powerful noise.

Teppo Repo - Paimensoittaja
Teppo Repo was called the last great shepherd. This musician played the tuohisoittu, a Karelian flute similar to a recorder. It is a very quiet instrument, and the music is contemplative yet visceral.

Aulis Kivinen - Isäni poika
Music for kantele and vocals by one of the 'old masters' of the instrument. Includes Finnish traditional and popular songs, plus renditions of 'Love Me Tender and 'In The Mood.'

Aarnio Sisarukset - Hameen Polkka
The Aarnio family band, recorded in Finland in 1936, featured the typical pellimannimusiikki instrumentation of fiddles, kantele, clarinet and also ocarina on some songs

Anders Eliasson - Horn Concerto / Desert Point / Violin Concerto
Performers include Soren Hermansson (French horn), Jari Valo (violin), The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Conducted by Juha Kangas. Recorded in Kaustinen Church in Kaustinen, Finland

Birgitta Ulfsson - Levda Teatervisor
Birgitta Ulfsson has collected 15 songs from 50 years on the theater and cabaret stages in Finland and Sweden. She has added a few short poems, as she usually does in her frequent performances around Sweden and Finland, together with pianist Lowe Pettersson. Here's an unusual art-music experience for those interested in the flow of the language as well as the melody.

Jord - Vaylan Virrassa - Musik från Tornedalen
Folk music from the Torne River Valley of Sweden, both traditional and newly composed by the band's members, performed on accordion, bass, flutes, percussion, guitar and voices

Oloneuvos (Antti Jarvela, Esko Jarvela, Olli Kari) - Oloneuvos
If Finland has back-porch blues, this is it. Antti Järvelä (violin, viola, bass and vocals), Esko Järvelä (violins, harmoonium, vocals) and Olli Kari (accordions, harmoonium, kazoo, jew's harp and vocals) present a raucous, and casual set of songs and dance tunes, expertly played, enthusiastically delivered.

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