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Petri Hakala


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“I have been involved in the Finnish folk music scene for 20+ years playing mandolin family instruments, guitar and fiddle. My musical career started with guitar playing at the age of 11. Towards the end of the 1970s I got interested in American old-time music and bluegrass and started the my long journey with mandolin. After that, Irish music was a natural choice. I was a member of a band called Korkkijalka, a pioneer in the Irish music scene in Finland, formed in the early 1980s. Soon after this, I also took an interest in Finnish folk music. Since 1989 I’ve been teaching mandolins and guitar at the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. At this time i added an octave mandolin, mando-cello and fiddle to my repertoire of instruments. Have been part of the several folk music bands in Finland, among them: Helsinki Mandoliners, Freshet, Markku Lepistö Band, Duo with Markku Lepistö, Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet, Maria Kalaniemi & Aldargaz, Ottopasuuna, Värttinä,Korkkijalka.Concerts with the abovementioned groups have taken me all over Europe and USA quite frequently as well.Also worked as a studio musician (over 50 records) and occasional mandolin player at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. My solo album Kirjo was released in 1999. The album features my own compositions, traditional Finnish pieces and couple of Brazilian choros. Choro music is a big favorite of mine among the musical styles, natural mandolin music.

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