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Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)

open mike 13 Dec 10 - 04:47 PM
Lepus Rex 30 Apr 08 - 08:37 PM
GUEST,xthegrimx 09 Aug 07 - 11:49 PM
open mike 09 Aug 07 - 07:58 PM
GUEST,xthegrimx 09 Aug 07 - 07:57 PM
open mike 09 Aug 07 - 03:55 AM
GUEST,michaelr 08 Aug 07 - 07:42 PM
GUEST,xthegrimx 08 Aug 07 - 03:42 PM
Deckman 02 Aug 07 - 11:34 PM
Lepus Rex 02 Aug 07 - 10:30 PM
Lepus Rex 17 May 07 - 11:41 PM
open mike 23 Aug 06 - 10:55 PM
GUEST 23 Aug 06 - 06:45 PM
Lepus Rex 15 Aug 06 - 12:49 PM
open mike 10 Aug 06 - 11:16 PM
Deckman 10 Aug 06 - 10:08 PM
open mike 09 Aug 06 - 11:58 PM
Margaret V 09 Aug 06 - 10:03 PM
Deckman 09 Aug 06 - 06:19 PM
Lepus Rex 09 Aug 06 - 06:02 PM
GUEST,Sledge 08 Jul 05 - 08:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 04:47 PM

I included an hour of Swedish music on my radio show this week--from
Tom and Ben Paley to Eric Sahlström to Ranarim and the newly discovered (thanks to their post on mudcat!!) Treva. Happy Santa Lucia.
the light will soon be returning!!


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 08:37 PM

Oh, they've announced the scheduled lineup for the "final" Nordic Roots Festival in Minneapolis. I say "final" because after this year, the festival will focus on a differest region each year. They say they'll get back to Scandinavian music, eventually, but who knows when. It's 25-28 Sep 2008, by the way. Is that four days? It is! :D

Anyways, since the world may very well end if I miss listing a NRF lineup in this thread even once, here's who'll be there:

My current favourite band, Detektivbyrån; The great Finnish/Norwegian group Frigg; The legendary Hedningarna; Closing the NRF for the third time in a row, Hoven Droven; The amazing Garmarna/Hedningarna side project, Hurdy-Gurdy; The lovely Ranarim; Harmoniumtastic folk-gods Triakel; Those two arrogant dicks + one nice guy, Väsen (presumably, it's still the trio); and "Waltz With Me," apparently an "all star" group, featuring Annbørg Lien, Bruce Molsky, Mats Edén, and Christine Hanson.

Yeah, so, that's fucking insane, by the way. Best NRF lineup... ever, I think. Eek.

---Will


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,xthegrimx
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 11:49 PM

ty so much!!! ^_^


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 07:58 PM

woo hoo great good fortune..
i did get an answer back and here it is:

Gryningspolskan is one of my favorite Filarfolket tunes.
It is from their album "utan tvekan" which was on the
Amalthea label (AM29). It came with a
booklet that includes photos, lyrics and sheet music.

Here is a link to a scan of Gryningspolskan:
http://tinyurl.com/23qnuz

in the link there is the image of the "dots and lines"
the transcription of the music--so there you go!

and isn't the mudcat wonderful--so much information
and knowledge and so many here to share...please join!!

enjoy! and thanks for directing our attention to this tune.
Laurel


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,xthegrimx
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 07:57 PM

ty! ^_^


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 03:55 AM

better yet, try posting your query to this Yahoo list:

Related Link:         http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scand/
Post message:         scand@yahoogroups.com

Description: SCAND is for those interested in Scandinavian
folk music, folk dance and related traditional arts.

actually, i already did forward your request to that SCAND
list..and i will post info here if an answer comes back!


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,michaelr
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 07:42 PM

xthegrimx -- you'd do better to start a new thread with your request in the title.

Can the Swedish finish their danish?

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,xthegrimx
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 03:42 PM

Hi =) I was wondering if anyone has a link or would be able to send me a copy of the sheet music for Gryningspolskan by filarfolket? It would be much appreciated. ^_^


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Deckman
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 11:34 PM

Lepus Rex ... Kittos for posting the thread to "Kalavela Dream of the Salmon Maiden". Kaunis! Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:30 PM

Oh, another NRF 2007 update: They've added "Ruth MacKenzie's Kalevala: Dream of the Salmon Maiden 10th Anniversary Concert," which is cool since I missed it the first time around. And the Lännen-Jukka String Band, which should be cool. Oh, and it looks like Hedningarna is out. Shit. So, kind of a puny NRF, this year: Not counting the Salmon Broad thing, only two days, and six concerts. Still, my fat ass will be there once more.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 17 May 07 - 11:41 PM

Oh, NorthSide has announced what may or may not be the full line-up for the 2007 NRF (Minneapolis, September 28-30, 2007) in their monthly newsletter: : Sinikka Langeland Trio (Finn/Norwegian, apparently); JPP from Finland; [NI:D], one of Gjallarhorn percussionist Petter Berndalen's projects; Harv from Sweden; Hedningarna from Sweden, without the girls, again; and the reunion of Den Fule, also of Sweden. Sweden, Sweden, Sweden. Damned Swedes...

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 10:55 PM

there is also a swedish music and dance fest coming up in Wisconsin at
folklore village...here is the scoop:
(found on a scandinavian list I am on)

Looking for a comfortable, supportive atmosphere to
learn and/or improve your skills in Swedish dance and
music? This is it! Great for all levels (honestly!),
Folklore Village's fall Swedish Dance & Music Weekend,
October 27-29, 2006, is fabulous opportunity to learn
Swedish dance, fiddle and nyckelharpa in the rolling
hills of southern Wisconsin. (Whew -that was a long
sentence. But it's all true!)

Featuring
• Paul Dahlin & Family -Tradition Bearers of Dalarna
(Sweden) Fiddle Music
• Members of the American Swedish Institute
Spelmanslag
• Roo Lester & Larry Harding -Gammaldans & Polska
Variations
• Becky Weis-Nyckleharpa
• Char Bostrom-Fiddle

This annual festival has brought the richness and joy
of both Swedish and Folklore Village traditions for
over 20 years. The weekend presents delightful music
and dance workshops for beginning through advanced
levels, delicious Swedish food and a grand finale
allspel. We look forward to sharing, learning and
having fun with these talented folks every year.

For more information please email me at
melissa@folklorevillage.org or visit
www.folklorevillage.org

Hope to see you soon!


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 06:45 PM

Thanks, LR! M.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 15 Aug 06 - 12:49 PM

Deckman: Same to you, dude.

Margaret: Sap! ;) Actually, some of the bands will be on the East Coast, according to North Side's tour page. Here's who'll be touring, and where:

Frigg:
July 22-23, 2006: Mission, British Columbia (Canada): Mission Folk Music Festival www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca
July 25, 2006: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Rogue Folk Club www.roguefolk.bc.ca
July 27-30, 2006: Calgary, Alberta (Canada): Calgary Folk Music Festival www.calgaryfolkfest.com
August 1, 2006: Golden, British Columbia (Canada): Arts Council
August 3, 2006: Chicago, Illinois: SummerDance, Grant Park www.www.cityofchicago.org
August 6, 2006: Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Ark, www.a2ark.org
August 10, 2006: New York, New York: Makor (92nd Street Y) www.92y.org
August 11, 2006: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Musikfest www.musikfest.org
August 15, 2006: Ketchum, Idaho: Arts Council
August 16, 2006: Portland, Oregon: Aladdin Theatre www.aladdin-theater.com
August 17, 2006: Kenmore, Washington: "Kenmore Concert Series" @ St. Edward State Park
August 18-20, 2006: Salmon Arm, British Columbia (Canada): Roots & Blues Festival www.rootsandblues.ca
More dates to be announced. Also booking April-May, 2007 North American tour. For booking info, contact Michael Wolke, Yulunga Arts, info@yulungaarts.com.


Gjallarhorn:
July 14-15, 2006: Grass Valley, California, California WorldFest, www.worldfest.net www.worldfest.net
July 17, 2006: Felton, California: Don Quixote's, www.donquixotesmusic.com
July 18, 2006: Berkeley, California: Freight and Salvage, www.thefreight.org
July 19, 2006: Portland, Oregon: Aladdin Theatre www.aladdin-theater.com
July 20, 2006: Kenmore, Washington: "Kenmore Concert Series" @ St. Edward State Park
July 21, 2006: Duncan, British Columbia (Canada): Islands Folk Festival, www.folkfest.bc.ca www.folkfest.bc.ca
July 22-23, 2006: Mission, British Columbia (Canada): Mission Folk Music Festival www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca
July 25, 2006: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Rogue Folk Club www.roguefolk.bc.ca
July 28, 2006: Greensburg, Pennsylvania: St Clair Park Amphitheater, www.greensburg.com
July 29-30, 2006: Jamestown New York: Scandanavian Festival, www.scandinavianjamestown.org
September 20-21, 2006: Chicago, Illinois: Chicago World Music Festival, www.cityofchicago.org/WorldMusic
September 22, 2006: Madison Wisconsin: Madison World Music Festival, www.union.wisc.edu/worldmusicfest
September 24: Albuquerque, New Mexico: Globalquerque, www.globalquerque.com www.globalquerque.com
September 29, 2006: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nordic Roots Festival, Cedar Cultural Center, www.nordicroots.org
More dates to be announced. For booking info, contact Michael Wolke, Yulunga Arts, info@yulungaarts.com.


Maria Kalaniemi Trio (with Maria Kalaniemu, Olli Varis, and Timo Alakotila):
September 27, 2006: Berkeley, California: Freight & Salvage Coffee House www.thefreight.org
September 28, 2006: Los Angeles, California: Skirball Cultural Center, www.skirball.org
September 30, 2006: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nordic Roots Festival, Cedar Cultural Center, www.nordicroots.org


Värttinä: Värttinä's fall 2006 U.S. tour has been cancelled. For more information, contact David Garr, Ritmo Artists, david@ritmoartists.com.


Väsen:
September, 23-24, 2006, Sebastopol, Sebastopol Celtic Festival, www.cumuluspresents.com
September 28, 2006, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nordic Roots Festival, Cedar Cultural Center, www.nordicroots.org
September 30, 2006, West Kortright, New York: West Kortright Center www.westkc.org
October 1, 2006, Oneonta, New York: Master Classes - Hartwick College - Pine Lake Center, 607-278-5429
October 5, 2006, Bloomington, Indiana: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, www.lotusfest.org
October 7, 2006: San Luis Obispo, California: California Poly Arts, www.calpolyarts.org
October 8, 2006: Felton, California: Don Quixote's, www.donquixotesmusic.com
More dates to be announced. For booking info, contact Sandra Peevers, On Queue Performing Artists: info@onqueueartists.com.


Swåp:
October 1, 2006: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nordic Roots Festival, Cedar Cultural Center, www.nordicroots.org
October 5, 2006: Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Ark, www.a2ark.org
October 6-7, 2006: Bloomington, Indiana: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, www.lotusfest.org

open mike: Yup, 2002. You likely saw the back of my head several times.

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 11:16 PM

deckman....you don't say.....


that story can be found if it is spelled thusly: Gammalsvenskby
It involved Queen Catherine, and people from Estonia being sent
to Ukrainia. of over 1,000 who started out, only 100 were left
after the first few years of struggle and hardship.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Deckman
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 10:08 PM


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 11:58 PM

I attended the Scandinavian fest a few years back..the year that Marie
Boine was not aboe to come due to surgery. I remember they said that the now-deceased senator Paul Wellstone worked really hard to help with Visas so that the performers were able to attend. I think it must have been 2002, the year after 9-11.

Gjallarhorn performed at the calif. world fest in July and I was able to hear them 3 out of 4 times they played. With viola, contrabass recorder, percussion and vocals, they serve up a tasty smorgasbord of scandinavian sounds! All the band members have studied music and are great performers and scholars. They were featured in an article in
Dirty Linen magazine issue for June/July 2006 issue.

Jenny told a story about some Swedish folks who were forced to march to the east for a year, and formed a village in Russia called Old Swede Town (Gamlasvensby) where the cultureal traditions, language and music survived in a more pure form than back in the old country. I would like to learn more about that story.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Margaret V
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 10:03 PM

I know just what would happen if I wrote a wistful, sighing wish that I could be there. Lepus would tell me what a useless sap I am for not making the journey and would have absolutely no sympathy. So I guess I'd better not say anything wistful out loud. Instead I'll check to see if any of the performers will be hitting the east coast on their way to MN...
Margaret


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Deckman
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 06:19 PM

Kittos! Bob((deckman)Nelson ((Roope actually))


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 06:02 PM

Speaking of Gjallarhorn: They'll be at the 8th Annual Nordic Roots Festival in Minneapolis, September 28th to October 1st, 2006. Here's the schedule:

Thursday, September 28th: Only one show this night, at 8:00 PM: Talented (but 2/3rds arrogant prick) band Väsen, with special guest Darol Anger.
$18 advance / $20 day of show.

Friday, September 29th: No afternoon show, and then two concerts at 8:00 PM: Vajas, a Norwegian/Saami electronic, yoik type thing. Looks like Wimme with a fiddler. Then, like I said, it's those Swede-Finns Gjallarhorn. Looking forward to seeing their new guy, who plays a really interesting flute.
$22 advance / $25 day of show. (includes both shows)

Saturday, September 30th: An afternoon show, finally, at 2:00 PM: The Maria Kalaniemi Trio. "Celebrating the Finnish Tango." Yay.
$12 advance / $15 day of show.

Then, another 8:00PM show: Maria Kalaniemi playing solo, which should be lovely, followed by (recent internet superstars) Loituma. Haven't seen them for years and years, so that should be great. They're actually replacing shrill popstars, Värttinä. Oh, bummer. :P
$22 advance / $25 day of show. (again, includes both shows)

Sunday, October 1st: The afternoon show at 2:00 is an all-star thing, led by the legendary Timo Alakotila. I miss out on these all-star motherfuckers every year, so I'm hoping to make this show. $12 advance / $15 day of show

The evening show, at 8:00: Anglo-Swedish GODS Swåp. Can't wait. And, closing the NRF... Hoven fucking Droven. Who, along with Garmarna, do the best NRF finales, in my opinion. It's also their CD-release party for their upcoming two-disc release, "Jumping at the Cedar."
$22 advance / $25 day of show. (yeah, both shows)

A festival pass is available (for around $120.00, I think) from The Cedar. I've got one, you prob'ly don't. :P

So, I'll be the only Mudcatter there again, right?

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,Sledge
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:34 AM

Checking in after settling into a new job, back at sea, feels good.

Jenny a midget? not so, just a small package thats very beautifully put together with a serious blob of talent mixed in :-)

Still no news on the DVD project that I have come across, hope to find out more when they play Bridgenorth Festival in the UK at the end of August.

Does anyone know of any other gigs in the near future, the website has been a bit quiet since The Japanese Dolphin experience.

Cheers

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 09:15 PM

Hah, cool, sledge. And no dolphin song... Oh, wait, you don't know whay I hate that song, yet. I'll have to (give in to popular demand and) finish writing my review of the last two NRFs soon, to make things clear.

Cool news about the dvd... And I bet you didn't know Jenny was a midget, eh?

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: sledge
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 06:49 PM

OK Lepus Rex,

I begged and begged and here is the playlist exactly as written down by the fair Jenny, :-)

Fjallstev
Tora
Systrarna
Ramunder
Staffa
Konunga Dottrarna
Herr Olof
Koral-Taklax
Horkku
Lulning
-----------
Vallevan
Dejelill

Had a great time in Finland, warm and hospitalable even when the morning temperature was 0C. Beautiful it most definately was with the trees all turning gold. Walking rouind Helsinki was good, a busy place but I didn't feel crowded or my nostrils full of fumes and the fresh fried fish on the harbour front was sooooo tasty, I can almost still taste the garlic sause though. Glad I did that after I had done my trip to the sauna, could have been a bit fragrent otherwise.

Met the band and they are truely wonderful folks, hope I didn't overdo the start-struck fan bit, anyone with an inerterest in Nordic music should see them or check out their cd's, or even wait and try the dvd once its released which I was told should be soon-ish.

The only thing now is when will I be going back to visit and see more of the country?

cheers

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 01:15 PM

No playlist? Pfft! Lazy. :)

Oh, and yeah, even though no-one else is going to the NRF, I thought I should mention that there's been a cancellation: "Harv has been forced to cancel their Nordic Roots Appearance Friday due to illness. They will be replaced with a festival overture including Swap, Karen Tweed and May Monday (Maria Kalaniemi, Timo Alakotila, etc. are going to be there?! No way... -LR), and Mats Eden with Tina Quartey. Flukt remains on the bill Friday with the show starting at 8:00 pm."

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: sledge
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 11:33 AM

Lepus Rex,

I shall do my best to give a full and complete report, don't expect a playlist though ;-)

Cheers

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 11:23 AM

(Gjallarhorn)

(---Lepus Rex)


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 11:21 AM

They've got another new percussionist?! Damn. I liked the "new" girl. Have fun at the show (and in Finland, lucky bastard), sledge. And tell us how the new drummer is?

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: sledge
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 11:01 AM

Cookie back , that feels better :-)

If they can perform pieces like Suvetar and reproduce that wall of sound live it will indeed be something.

Cheers

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,Sledge (sans cookie for some reason)
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 10:43 AM

Getting that childhood Christmas eve feeling about going already :-)

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 10:20 AM

Sledge, Gjallarhorn are amazing. They were at Sidmouth in 2002, which is where and when I saw them -- kind of accidentally. It was pouring down rain, and the pavilion where they were playing was the only venue in town close enough to run to. Oh, never has hardship been so rewarded -- their performance is my standout memory from Sidmouth that year. Even my two-year-old was entranced.

Gjallarhorn's CDs are very true to their live performance -- except live is even better. How I envy you!


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,wefweshed
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 08:13 AM

wefwesh


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 14 Sep 04 - 01:54 AM

Moi Moi!
A couple of weeks ago I returned from Finnie, I went to the Kaustinen folk festival(9th-18jul). For someone who is completely in love with Finnish tunes, this was the perfect tonic. At times it was a bit overwhelming!, I almost fell over, delerious with glee(nothing to do with pear cider).. Mad fidedlers JPP played,Swedish, (high energy) band 'Fomp' played, they were both amazing but the highlights were the unexpected surprises, an amazing tune being played by a busking kid, smaller bands with no cd but incredible tunes and energy.........(lucky I had an MD recorder with me). I'm going next year and I would highly recommend it to ANYONE who has the time and even vaguest of inclinations.    Next year I'll also try to get to Kihaus festival(a smaller one, just before COWstinen). Also, A Cittern player I met at Kaustinen recommended Haapavesi fest too (I haven't looked into that one yet)www.haapavesifolk.com.
Sledge, Have a wonderful time in Finland, it's a shame you missed the festivals, but you might find ones I don't know about and in the light months, there are always great buskers in Helsinki and it's such an amazing country anyway. If you like endless forests and lakes (and muumi-moomintrolls), you'll be completely sated
moocowSTINENpoo.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: sledge
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 05:01 AM

After a truly depressing 6 weeks away from home I now have something to look forward to, especially after reading through this thread again.

At the end of this month I am off to Finland for my first ever trip there. The flights, accomodation and even train tickets have been sorted out, but the highlight will be to see and hear Gjallarhorn live for the first time. I will be seeing them in Jakobstad and in their (I understand) home town of Vaasa. I missed seeing them in the UK a couple of years ago and then again last year in Groningen so a double dose is definately required.

I've been enjoying their cd's for a while now and those of Garmarna as well, shame they don't tour so often. I understand that Garmarna will be in the US on tour next year so keep your eyes peeled.

I would just like to add, that all the enquiries regarding my trip that I directed to various offices in Finland, either by email or phone, have all been answered with incredible efficiancy and friendliness, I feel as though I have been made welcome before I have even thought about heading off to the airport.

Cheers

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: GUEST,Robert Lundblad (MacLowlife)
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 02:54 AM

Don't know if it has been said earlier on but Emma Härdelin sings in the group Triakel as well as in Garmarna. In that group she is accompanied by an organ and a fiddle. Their songs are in Swedish but if you know the language they're well worth buying. I've only got two records: Triakel and another one with mainly christmas songs.
slainte


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 10:17 PM

Holy shit! People who aren't me have posted to this thread since last year! Swell.

So, uh, almost forgot: the 6th Anual Nordic Roots Festival is happening in Mpls. this coming weekend. Once again, I'm going to attend, should I survive til Friday. What's that? Ah... Yeah, I know: I never wrote one of my famous, eagerly-anticipated reviews of the 5th NRF, did I? But never fear! I will not disappoint you this year, my legions of fans. If I survive the NRF, I promise to write a review. You're welcome. I'll even throw in my sketchy memories of the 5th NRF... for half price. Lucky bastards.

Nice line-up this year. Short on Finnish bands (a little more than 1/2 of Frigg), but the inclusion of a Danish band for the first time almost makes up for that. Here is the schedule, even though I'll prob'ly be the only Mudcatter there, eh?

   Friday, September 17:
Evening shows: The great young-ish Swedish group Harv, and the interesting Norwegian trio Flukt. 8:00 PM.

   Saturday, September 18:
Afternoon show: The EXCELLENT Danish band Phønix. Can't wait for this one. 2:30 PM.
Evening shows: Norwegian Saami singer Mari Boine and her band. (Never really been been my kind of thing, but I'll give her a try) And Swåp, who are, of course, GODS. 8:00 PM.

   Sunday, September 19:
Afternoon shows: The duo of Swedes Mats Edén & Tina Quartey, and "Roger Tallroth (from Väsen) and Friends," which will include Olov Johansson and Karen Tweed, apparently. Yay. 2:30 PM.

Evening shows: Norwegian/Finnish group Frigg, which, to be honest, I've never actually heard. But you can't go wrong with that many Järveläs in the group. And of course those famous-ass Swedes, Väsen, who are so damned famous that I refuse to link them here. (Just kidding) Once again, they'll be playing as a trio, minus wussy percussionist André "Scared to Fly" Ferrari. 8:00PM.

Festival pass is $80.00. Should anyone be there, which they won't be, look for a goofy-looking fat man with a shaved head, hopefully in my customary place at the front of the line. Feel free to say "hi." Unless you plan on following it up by kicking me in the balls and screaming "Go back to Iran, you commie fuck!"

Back to work...

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 09:35 PM

see also this page:
http://www.visarkiv.se/en/folkmusic/sida_10.htm


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: open mike
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 09:22 PM

i also came across a finnish music reference today..
as regards music from swedish speaking parts of finland.
on this page: http://www.visarkiv.se/en/folkmusic/sida_11.htm
is this info:
"Nowadays it is possible to study folk song at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The increased interest in folk song has led to new contributions to the Swedish folk music scene, as for example folk music-singing in parts.

The folk music group Rotvälta (picture), with Susanne Rosenberg, Sven Ahlbäck and Mikael Marin, has been one of the trend-setters during the 1980s and 1990s, not least in the field of folk song. On the CD I Österled (In The East) they present music from the Swedish-speaking regions of Finland. The most interesting tunes are possibly those after Alfred Lindroos (1859-1938) and Johannes Andersson (1864-1916) from the island of Stor Pellinge off the south coast of Finland. In Stor Pellinge there was a tradition of two-part folk singing from the turn of the century, a form which does not exist in any other Swedish-speaking region."
and a sound file or two to listen to--enjoy!


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: Deckman
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 08:30 PM

George Seto ... thank you (kittos) VERY much for posting this web site. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 07:49 PM

Found this site today:

Finnish Folk Music


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: CarolC
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 08:55 AM

Thanks moocowpoo. That looks like a good list.

About the darker side: one of the things I like best is the way the music moves from the darker, moodier sound to a brighter one, and then back, etc. To me, it gives the music a wonderful sense of irony.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 11:12 AM

Now I've tainted darth vader's image for myself, I keep imagining him playing different instruments and every single one cracks me up. piano, oboe, bush-base, tin whistle etc, they're all funny pictures.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 11:07 AM

I like to hear people guesses as to what it is I'm playing. It's really interesting to hear what people come up with! I haven't heard anyone ask if I'm playing the stuff you mention but the other day I was playing a Macedonian tune and someone asked if it was Finnish!!, that took me by surprise.
I am very drawn to the darker side of Finnish music, mabye that's what darth vader was on about...we all thought it was about some sort of inner power but he was actually a huge fan of Nordic music and was sick of all that hip hop luke was listening to, thought it would be more in his intrests to learn a few Finnish tunes...AAND!! I'm absoutely CERTAIN that darth vader played Accordian! (only because he always wanted to play the harmonica but could never seem to get the breathing right)..Anyway, I was saying... I don't know how widely these tunes are played I just love them.
these are the ones I know on 'ottopasuuna', self titled (this is really a great one I recommend it so highly, fantastic accordian by one of the masters, Kimmo pohjonen(as aks was saying) and really good Mandocello and Bouzouki Accompaniment too!(it's on green linnet records) anyway see if you can track these tunes down:
* tsizikpolkka
* Kalmukkisottiisi
* kiisken polska
* viialan vanhaa kansaa
* honkolan mamman kirnumasurkka
* Oira
* sudenrita
and my favs to play on "pirnales" , best before:
I just listened to it and I like it more each time, it's all REALLY darth-vader dark!!:
* krapulakatrilli
* spelmannens radsla for dansen -I like this title!, the translation is "folkmusicians fear of dancing"
* zot-easy
* kuortaneen polkka
* brudmarsch efter vilhelm hedlund
* harman tappelupolkka
* min levnads afton
* paljettipolska
*sigrid elisabetin hambo
* niemen naiset
theres a start for the finnish, may the force be with you!
moocowpoo.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: CarolC
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 10:15 AM

Thanks so much, AKS! Those links, along with Moocowpoo's links will give me a very good start, I think.

Moocowpoo, would you mind telling me the names of some of the Finnish pieces that you like to play?

Interestingly, when I play traditional Finnish music (mostly waltzes), people think they're from a lot of very non-Nordic places. Usually they think I'm playing music from Italy, France, or Eastern Europe. The most common response I get is "That sounds like music from the 'Godfather' movies". I tell them that it sounds to me like the music has some of the dark and moody qualities of Russian music, combined with, or alternating with some of the brightness of Scandinavian music.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 09:50 AM

Thanks Aks for that info!, I've been doing a bit of clicking and have a fair bit ahead!!. Some of those band links are in english and some of them have the option and some of them (as you say) are in Finnish, these ones I look at blankly, admiring the pretty words and then realise I'm not learning much about THIS band but mabye I'm learning Finnish.
I was thinking about Kihaus but if the bands are mostly the same then I'd better conserve my money for a bigger spend at Kaustinen, there are a lot of cd's on my wish-list. The guest on the "Kaustinen festy" thread had wonderful things to report about that event!, it makes me so excited!, we don't get all that much Finnish music in Australia(a little, but it's pretty rare)..moocowpoo


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: AKS
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 06:58 AM

Wellwell...
Carol & Andy:

I have been to Kihaus a couple of times, but haven't managed to reach Kaustinen yet (it's only been there for some 30 y's now, my excuse still being the distance - ca 400 km, never mind someone coming there from overseas!), so I can not compare them personally. But those who have attended both, say that there is no great difference in the (friendly) atmosphere, only that Kaustinen is 'bigger' in every respect - the variety of performers included. I know there are people who go to both, just because their favourites will appear at both as well.

I must admit not being a specialist on Finnish accordion music (harmonikka in Fin), but here are a couple of names with which to start "googleing", eg.:

The one who has influenced most 'adult' (I mean the generation who started after the war, about) players was Viljo Vesterinen (1907-1961), another would be Lasse Pihlajamaa (in his latter 80's) and third Veikko Ahvenainen, who has done much to introduce the accordion into the 'classical' scene, as well.

Of the 'modern' players, there are two musts: Maria Kalaniemi and Kimmo Pohjonen, both absolute masters that have played in various bands and on their own, and right now do it worldwide. Kimmo's recent repertoire is a bit experimental (if I may say:), combining various traditions, but you can hear his 'Finnish' playing for example on records by Pinnin pojat (a duo with Arto Järvelä of JPP; note that some of the stuff is done with tongue-heavily-in-cheek).

Helsingin kaksrivisnaiset is worth trying to get your hands (or perhaps rather ears) on, as well.

What comes to bands, I only add one name to Andy's list: Tallari, and here's a list of bands to check for some more stuff (unfortunately some do not have their pages in Eng at all, or then they are 'under construction').

terveisin (with greetings)
AKS


ps Check the lively;-) view on our market place, which is to remind btw that 'the Fair' is the theme of next summer's Kihaus.


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 11:41 AM

yes , It is me, andy mooer thank you it's good to BE back (tofront?)


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 11:36 AM

As an afterthought....AKS, can you recommend to carol c and I, any other good Finnish bands(especially in the ottopasuuna and pirnales vein) and what are Kimmo Pohjonens solo albums like?
muhkuhpuh


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: CarolC
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 11:36 AM

Thanks Moocowpoo! I think I just said hi to you on your welcome thread (or welcome back thread, whichever the case may be ;-)


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: moocowpoo
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 11:30 AM

Hello carol c!
I'm sure AKS can give you a pretty good answer to your questions as well, but here is my little rave!
I started with Irish tunes about 123 years ago and then, a few years ago was picked up and whisked away by Finnish music!!
I play the tunes on Bouzouki and Mandolin, I've learnt most of them from cd. My favoirite cd is full of AMAZING TUNES and they're very easy to pick up, really uncluttered playing, the cd is by a band called
* "Ottopasuuna" and the album is selftitled. Ottopasuuna's other album is "suokaasua"(swamp gas). it's also great but I find the other one has more appealing tunes(they are older too).
My second favourite band is
* 'pirnales' I only have 1 of their cd's -"parasta ennen" (best before). It's a very different style, but amazing as well and full of killer tunes for learning.
There are other bands like
* "troka", I have their music but they're not my favourite tunes, very interesting though.
* "Jpp" are the legends, kind of similar sound to Troka, I don't own cds though(have to get some)
* Varttina do some great tunes but usually only 1 per album (with the exception of the first one which has lots
As far as buying them,,The cheapest way for me has been from Amazon. I'm in Australia but it's stil cheaper for me to get European cds from usa, no retail markup. although you might have trouble with getting ottopasuuna from amazon. Not always the cheapest but the best range of Finnish music is of course, 'Digelius music', in Helsinki. You can buy from them online they ship internationally, they're friendly people and they DO have both ottopasuuna albums and the 3 pirnales ones............it's all well worth the expense and trouble, I just wish I knew more people who played these etherial, nordic sounds..
Moocowpoo


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Subject: RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish)
From: CarolC
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 10:53 AM

AKS, I play the accordion, and traditional Finnish music is my favorite kind to play on it. I'm in the US, and I've only ever heard one person play traditional Finnish music on any instrument (she was playing the accordion though), but it was before I developed an intereste in that kind of music, and I don't remember what it sounded like when she played it. I've learned everything I play from sheet music.

So, as you can imagine, I play it the way I play it, but I have no idea how Finnish people play it. Can you recommend some groups or musicians from whom I can get CDs?


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