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Värttinä

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Rääkkylä, Finland (1983 – present)

Värttinä combines traditional Finnish folk music with smatterings of other genres such as jazz. They saw their beginning as a young Finnish folk music ensemble in 1983, by founding members Sari and Mari Kaasinen in the Karelian village of Rääkkylä. Many transformations have taken place in the band since then. Värttinä shot into fame with the release of their 1991 album Oi dai.

Since then their style has become increasingly contemporary, and have now totalled 14 albums, including the recently-published Utu in 2012. In 2006 they worked with Indian composer A. R. Rahman in creation of the Lord of the Rings musical, opened in Toronto on March 23, 2006.

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  • Tuberkulloosi

    Vihma on levyistä kirkkaasti parhain!

    7 Jun 9:22pm Reply
  • padavanGreg

    And it was just magnificent!

    23 May 5:09pm Reply
  • padavanGreg

    Czech Republic concert soon, YES!

    14 May 8:41pm Reply
  • puppetunderling

    Why is their first album so expensive to buy?

    27 Apr 3:28pm Reply
  • InfamousJCGZ

    Binky rules!

    29 Mar 9:58pm Reply
  • Aktased

    отлично!

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • redorange

    Värttinä will be performing on 30 October 2013 at Kings Place, in London, as part of LIFEM: London International Festival of Exploratory Music. This 30th anniversary gig promises to deliver a complete review of their stylistic musical journey from 1983 to the present day. DO NOT MISS IT!!!! Tickets are going fast!!! More information at LIFEM dot ORG dot UK. DO NOT MISS IT !!!!!!! http://www.last.fm/festival/3708996+LIFEM:+London+International+Festival+of+Exploratory+Music

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    I got the album Miero as part of a subscription package to Songlines,maybe two years ago,played it but turned it off it did nothing for me .....but now am into it and can't turn it off,don't know much about the band but this album is a good un.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • naoranfan

    I just started listening to Utu and absolutely love it! Wow! So many excellent tracks... What a treat it would be to hear them perform the songs live *_*!

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Delectari

    Очень даже не дурно.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • padavanGreg

    I love Finland, I love Värtitinä!

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • talkenberg

    Värttinä makes my days!!!

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DarkAbsol07

    I really like their music! Greetings from Brazil!

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • pomis_

    зоебись

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • elysiadrake

    Arthur got me into this band.

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Kir_666_Kir

    ууууу! Люто!

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Aravis17

    I listen to "Käppee" when writing about women warriors. I love their folk sound so much. I wish I could physically hug the music.

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • UnderseaStrange

    I wonder why there is no Paivan Nousu Nostajani in the charts...it's the masterpiece

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ProphetPX

    WOW! I have never heard of your music before but IT IS AMAZING!!! WOW!!!!! I am going to listen to more!!!! :) You have a NEW FAN here!

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ranunculus

    Their Finnish sounds like Elvish, and I friggin' love 'em.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
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