Composer Antti Järvelä and a marvelous Finnish and Norwegian ensemble.
(And with all those Järveläs it's no surprise they have a 'Kaustinen sound')
Salmetone fra Verdal
Alina Järvelä: fiddle
Antti Järvelä: bass, fiddle, viola, harmonium
Esko Järvelä: viola, nyckelharpa, harmonium
Gjermund Larsen: fiddles, hardanger fiddles
Einar-Olav Larsen: fiddles, hardanger fiddles
Petri Prauda: cittern and mandolin
Tuomas Logren: guitar and dobro
plus some occasional guests on percussion, accordion, piano and drums
"The band flies, in a mix of traditional and their own tunes, all rich with shapely ingenuity and delivered with acute mastery and massive swing and energy. The Norwegian input blends perfectly and adds another dimension, as does the curling whizz of Logrén's dobro.
Any great session in Kaustinen these days is bound to include some or most of these musicians, and now they've got around to being a band they're the perfect item for a festival booker wanting a state-of the art Finnish/Norwegian fiddle band that when not on stage can be counted on to be at the heart of memorable sessions. Their album is hugely recommended – this is the essence of what the Finnish fiddling fuss is about." - Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots
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