Arto Jarvela, Olli Varis, Petri Hakala
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New! Helsinki Mandoliners 2 (2003)

cd cover The Helsinki Mandoliners

Arto Järvelä (JPP and Aldargaz), Olli Varis (Aldargaz), Petri Hakala (Ottopasuuna and Aldargaz) joined forces for this 1996 recording of traditional and orginal tunes arranged for mandolin trio. Irresistible music for fans of JPP, Petri's solo recording and folk music appreciators in general.

Short MP3 Samples:
"Intro Brudsmarsch"
"Toinen Rastas"

"Sailin from the northern waters of the world's mando-oceans comes the Helsinki Mandoliners with a different repertoire and approach to the mandolin trio format. This group is comprised of three of Finland's top progressive folk musicians, all of whom are involved with other touring/recording bands.... Though best known today as a guitarist, Olli Varis (1st mandolin, i.e. melody) started out as a mandolin player. Fiddler Arto Järvelä (2nd mandolin - low melody & harmony parts, octave mandolin) added both big and small mandos to his arsenal of Finnish instruments. Petri Hakala (cittern - even lower melodies, mandolin) started out mainly as a mandolinist playing bluegrass and celtic before moving on to Finnish folk. They've adapted the twin fiddle arranging styles to mandolins, plus adding international elements. "Mandoliners Polska" has a bit of the Dave Apollon and "new acoustic feel". "Toinen Rastas" has a Greek sound, though it's a traditional Finn fiddle tune with a bit of bird call imitation. Add original material and you have a fresh new slant on the mandolin trio ensemble.... The ship leaves from Helsinki harbour when you push the 'play' button on your stereo! Have a nice cruise!" - Niles Hokkanen - editor, The Mandocrucian's Digest

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Helsinki Mandoliners 2 (2003)
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