Artist: Värttinä

Country: Finland
Genre: Folk/Country
http://www.varttina.com/
http://www.myspace.com/varttina
Reviews: Eerama (mp3)
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Värttinä - Tuuterin tyttäret

New music from Finnish folk act Värttinä off the group's new album "Utu", due out February 1.

Finnish folk act Värttinä is going through some lineup changes: http://www.varttina.com/main.site?action=news/view&id=115&ngid=1

The story of Finnish folk act Värttinä, "Korkeelta ja kovvoo", from author Kimmo Nevalainen was originally published in 2001 and now he's done a follow-up revision with the title "Värttinä – Mierontiella ja punaisella matolla". The official release date is October 25 and there will be a celebration at Tavastia Club on October 28 in Helsinki. For all us non-Finnish speakers, keep an eye out for an English version by author Jim Thompson in 2009.

NPR reports on Finnish music, spotlighting acts such as Lordi, Don Johnson Big Band, 22-Pistepirkko, Värttinä and more: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18227013

Watch an interview and live performance from Finnish folk act Värttinä on Link TV: http://www.linktv.org/video/1658

Finnish folk act Värttinä will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2008 and will be marking the occasion with a new compilation entitled "25". The disc will contain 22 tracks culled from the group's 11 albums and live DVD plus one new track entitled "Vipinäveet" recorded during the sessions of 2005's "Miero". It comes out on September 26 in Finland and can be preordered here: http://shop.varttina.net/products.php?p=8e296a

The playlist for my radio show this week:

01. At the Gates - Suicide nation
02. TALK 1
03. Moving Oos - Stronger
04. Eskju Divine - Hold on
05. Mechanical Bird - Sunday
06. TALK 2
07. Mixtapes & Cellmates - Quiet
08. DS13 - Thrash lifestyle
09. Montt Mardié - Metropolis
10. Junior Senior - Can I get get get
11. TALK 3
12. Niccokick - Love & neon lights
13. Kristofer Åström - I collect knives
14. Death Breath - His protoplasmic worship
15. TALK 4
16. Mob - Ghost track
17. MZ412 - Unhealing wounds
18. Ugress - Manhattan sapphire
19. TALK 5
20. Shining - Låt oss ta allt från darandra
21. No Hope for the Kids - Rainy day
22. Moneybrother - Det blir ingen dans
23. Amandine - For all the marbles
24. TALK 6
25. Familjen - Det snurrar i min skalle
26. Last Days of April - Aspirins and alcohol
27. M:40 - När bomberna faller
28. TALK 7
29. Espen Jørgensen - The immaculate conception
30. Motorpsycho - For free
31. The Carny - Man under the sun
32. TALK 8
33. Karin Ström - Klaustrofobi
34. Badun - Pulsen
35. Meshuggah - Future breed machine
36. Värttinä - Mero
37. TALK 9
38. Randy - Better than art
39. Closer - Open casket
40. Alog - Buffalo demon
41. TALK 10
42. On Trial - Speaking of witch

NPR Program 'Here & Now' talks to Finnish folk group Värttinä: http://www.here-now.org/shows/2007/01/20070118_17.asp

Finnish folk/vocal act Värttinä has updated their concert schedule page with a number of fall dates around Finland and Northern Europe as well as a few US dates for early 2007: http://www.varttina.com/main.site?action=siteupdate/view&id=16

Värttinä has sadly cancelled their upcoming US tour plans for the fall and their scheduled appearance at the annual Nordic Roots Festival has been taken over by Loituma.

Renown Finnish folk act Värttinä will be releasing a DVD collection on May 31. Footage to be featured on the disc includes their 20th Anniversary Concert at Aleksanterin Teatteri in Helsinki in February 2003, 15 TV and video clips from throughout the group's career, two live bonus audio tracks from a show in 2005 featuring a guest appearance from Ho Orchestra, interviews and more. Complete details and ordering info: http://www.varttina.com/main.site?action=siteupdate/view&id=7

Listen to Värttinä get interviewed on the NPR program Weekend Edition: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5318114
Don't forget that I talked about the group and posted an mp3 last Monday. Recommended listening.

We're going to have ourselves a theme with this week's mp3 posts and that theme is folk music. I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes at the thought, but I think that learning to appreciate Nordic folk traditions is an important part of understanding what makes Scandinavian music unique. It's amazing how much of it is carried through to other genres too, both in the lyrics and the melodies.
Today's song comes to us from Värttinä, Finland's most well-known folk group. The band has existed in some form or another since 1983 and changed members and labels many times since, but has always retained the same musical vision. Finnish folk is often based on the poems and songs of the Kalevala, Finland's national epic. The music can be similar to a lot of other Eastern European folk, but it's the amazing vocal harmonies that make them special and that's what I'm going to spotlight today with the a capella piece "Eerama". The song is from the group's latest album "Miero", their first for Peter Gabriel's renown Real World label. Some of you might recognize that the sound isn't too far off from Bulgarian vocal music and you'd be right, but it's the incredibly dark and twisted lyrics that separate the Finns from the rest. Just check out the words for "Synti/The sin" in which the narrator wishes her enemies to be cursed with lizard-foetuses. See what I mean? Folk music can be cool.

MP3: Värttinä - Eerama

We're going to have ourselves a theme with this week's mp3 posts and that theme is folk music. I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes at the thought, but I think that learning to appreciate Nordic folk traditions is an important part of understanding what makes Scandinavian music unique. It's amazing how much of it is carried through to other genres too, both in the lyrics and the melodies.
Today's song comes to us from Värttinä, Finland's most well-known folk group. The band has existed in some form or another since 1983 and changed members and labels many times since, but has always retained the same musical vision. Finnish folk is often based on the poems and songs of the Kalevala, Finland's national epic. The music can be similar to a lot of other Eastern European folk, but it's the amazing vocal harmonies that make them special and that's what I'm going to spotlight today with the a capella piece "Eerama". The song is from the group's latest album "Miero", their first for Peter Gabriel's renown Real World label. Some of you might recognize that the sound isn't too far off from Bulgarian vocal music and you'd be right, but it's the incredibly dark and twisted lyrics that separate the Finns from the rest. Just check out the words for "Synti/The sin" in which the narrator wishes her enemies to be cursed with lizard-foetuses. See what I mean? Folk music can be cool.

Värttinä - Eerama

Finnish folk vocal group Värttinä on tour in Europe and Canada:

03/17 - Lutakko, Jyväskylä (FIN)
03/26 - Kola Note, Montreal (CAN)
03/27 - Mod Club, Toronto (CAN)
04/11 - Savoy Theatre, Helsinki (FIN)
04/19 - JuuriJuhla, Sellosali, Espoo (FIN)
04/21 - Kammgarn, Schaffhausen (SWI)
04/22 - Kulturbraueri, Berlin (GER)
04/23 - Fleda, Brno (CZ)
04/24 - Akropolis, Prague (CZ)
04/25 - Bahnhof Langendreer, Bochum (GER)
04/26 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels (BEL)
04/28 - Chollerhalle, Baar (SWI)
04/29 - Worldmusic festiva, Kassel (GER)