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Murder Street

Award-winning musician, composer and producer Matti Kallio will release his second solo album, Murder Street, on 28 January 2022. Matti Kallio, Finnish multi-instrumentalist and music industry all-rounder based in Iceland, has contributed to more than 100 albums, working with artists the likes of Värttinä, Hector and Vesa-Matti Loiri. He has also won awards for his compositions of children’s and theatre music. To be released …

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Folk Music Canada

Folk Music Canada Spearheads the Creation and Release of 10 Songs As Part Of International Collaboration Project Press text in Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish are below the english version. Different language versions includes the quotes from the Nordic artist with their own languages. – Collaborations between Canadian artists and artists from Australia and the Nordics – [Toronto, ON.] (May …

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Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola: The Smoky Smirr o Rain

Traditional and contemporary sounds rub shoulders on the third album from this renowned Scottish/Finnish duo based in Norway. They display a mature sound honed by 10 years of active touring, and cover a wide range of styles. The album opens with the ancient ballad Dàn Fhraoich accompanied by spacious chords inspired by 1960s modal-jazz and Ethiopian music. It is also Juhani’s debut …

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NIEGUID DUOVDAGAT – DREAMSCAPES

Nieguid duovdagat (Dreamscapes) is the third album of Ánnámáret, Sámi musician Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman, who is based in Utsjoki, Finland. Taking its listener to imaginary fells, the album draws on the rich joik tradition and the living culture, nature and life in Sámiland. Joining these elements to create a powerful experience, Ánnámáret develops a musical form that resonates with the present day and expresses …

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Icelandic folksong travels to the east

Icelandic musician Asgeir Asgeirsson has released three albums, Icelandic folksongs vol 1-3, combining Icelandic music tradition with eastern tonalities. Originally a coincidence led Asgeir Asgeirsson, a jazz/pop guitarist and a household name on the Icelandic music scene, to start studying the music of Bulgaria back in 2010 where he fell in love with music of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. …

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The Blood, Porn and Propaganda, GODDAMMIT!

– concert serie says goodbye with an EP and a music video The Blood, Porn and Propaganda, GODDAMMIT! – feministic folk music concert serie ends with a farewell EP and a music video in autumn 2020. The Finnish folk  music concert serie started in March 2018 getting quickly a lots of fans and media attention. Intensive work with feminist issues …

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Ethnogala 2020

Finnish Folk Music News January 2020: Ethnogala live stream and Womex 2020 Showcase artist Duo Emilia and Suvi The leading figures in folk music, world music and folk dance will be awarded on the 9th of January at the Ethnogala, which will take place at legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki. The night is full of live music! The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle will …

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Juurakko: Yhdeksäs talvi – The Ninth Winter

A record filled with sleet, slush and hygge Juurakko’s third album, Yhdeksäs talvi – The Ninth Winter, is the best kind of medicine for the season of grey and cold. The record is built around the theme of winter, polar nights, mulled wine and the warmth of the fireplace, sleet, slush and twilight time. The album will be released to …

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Bike tours and minority initiatives

Versatile Finnish folk musicians encountering global and local threats Two fascinating Finnish projects are presented at the first WOMEX to be held in Finland, 23th to 27th of October 2019. Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala plays in the official showcase series and is looking forward to broadening their bike tour activities, while four musicians from the Swedish-speaking minority combine …

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Kalevala Manifesto

Kalevala dead or alive The Kalevala epic is an expression of a wonderful human achievement far grander and more momentous than the pyramids or the Great Wall of China. It reflects the very essence of the intangible, philosophical, erotic, humorous and thrilling heritage of the greater Finno-Baltic community that has evolved over millennia, a creative endeavour involving every member of …