Täysin palkein by Teppo Välimäki - Finnish accordion music- CD
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Täysin palkein (Olarin)
cdRoots Code: om-valimaki

I often facetiously refer to Teppo as the Elvis of Finnish accordion, not so much for the music (which he does deliver with a certain 'flair for the theatrical'), but for the attitude and the look. Teppo Välimäki is not only a master of his craft, but a man who loves the music with a rare and undivided passion. "Than-ka vury much." - CF

Vaara Vitonen Polkka


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From my Finnish travelogue in 1993:

Later in the day, we moved to the town of Parkano for some more accordions. Large ensembles of one- and two-rowers took the stage to show off the traditional side of things. The treat of the evening was an all too short foray on the two-row accordion by Teppo Välimäki, who showed not only his skill (and high-speed) but a very unusual sense of the rhythms of his music, a music passed down from three previous generations. He also introduced the newest generation in a duet with his daughter. Already well-established as both a protector of the tradition and an innovator, Välimäki is one of Finland's real national treasures, a man dedicated to his country's music but not enslaved by either the purist restriction or the faddish whim. He makes the folk music of Finland come to life. - CF

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