New World and Folk Music from Finland

Get to know the most exciting new world and folk music from Finland! 

The Finnish music scene is more diverse than ever, with traditional music styles and instruments shaking hands with modern soundscapes and other genres. The artists featured on the playlist range from Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha's balkan grooves to Joonas Widenius Trio's flamenco jazz and Maija Kauhanen's music inspired by Finnish and Karelian traditions. 

This Spotify and Apple Music based playlist is updated frequently. Scroll down fro artist info!

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Aallotar

The music of Aallotar is an exploration of one tradition from two perspectives. Violinist/vocalist Sara Pajunen – Finnish-American – and accordionist/vocalist Teija Niku – a Finn – use their common musical heritage as a starting point for original “chamber-folk.” Together they create new sounds that reflect their differing contemporary cultures and shared roots.

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Enkel

ENKEL are a traditional music girl band from Finland made up of two melodeons, kantele, viola and four voices; four personable, unique and folky ladies with their instruments, sharing a great passion for traditional music, social folk dancing and telling stories through instrumental arrangements.

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Solju

Solju is formed by Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, who combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music. Their debut album Ođđa Áigodat was released in spring 2018, and the duo is joined live by Teho Majamäki and Janne Puurtinen (HIM).

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Anne-Mari Kivimäki

Anne-Mari Kivimäki is a musician, composer and lyricist, with the accordion at the core of her creativity. She is the founder of several bands including the boundary pushing duo Puhti, experimental electronic group Suistamon Sähkö, and Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly​.​ ​S​he has created multi-disciplinary artworks featuring the accordion and developed a new style of playing: a contemporary Karelian accordion trance.

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Suden aika

The unique sound and tonality of Suden aika (The Time of the Wolf) is created by the combination of four strong female voices, each different in it's own way. Suden aika is the bearer of tradition; in their music the age-old traditional Finnish oral poetry reciting meets the music of today. The group also use many different musical instruments, such as different types of Finnish Kantele, Swedish Mora-harp, wooden flutes, shakers, small bells and a frame drum.

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Frigg

Frigg has been conquering the world with a fusion of western folk music styles leaning strongly towards Nordic folk music, for which the world music media has coined the term nordgrass, referring to the bluegrass influences of the group. In 2017, the eight album by Frigg, “Frost on Fiddles”, has seen the light of the day.

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Johanna Juhola

There's no one quite like Johanna Juhola; nimble-fingered accordion virtuoso and multi-faceted composer, she blazes her own colourful trail, breezing blithely across style borders and genre barriers with a captivating mix of musical excellence and engaging charm. Her compositions blend the parallel worlds of Argentinian and Finnish tango, following the latter's path into the melancholic soul of Finnish folk, emerging into the sunlight with uplifting flirtations with pop music and innovative excursions into electronica.

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Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

In 2012, three Finnish musicians travelled to Cotonou, Benin, discovered a shared musical language with local players and voilá: the critically acclaimed and dancefloor grooving ensemble was born. ”Weather Report meets Fela”, a reviewer from fRoots described Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble’s debut album Beaucoup de Piment (2013), hitting the nail on the head: jazz, funk, and afrobeat are the main ingredients in the band’s ferocious groove.

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Maija Kauhanen

Maija Kauhanen is a composer and a versatile multi-instrumentalist inspired by rural music traditions of Finland and Karelia. She specializes in Finnish Saarijärvi kantele as well as the old and rare technique of playing kantele using a tiny wooden stick as a plectrum. Her debut solo album Raivopyörä ("Whirl of Rage") came out in March 2017 on the Nordic Notes label.

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Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L

Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L music deals with love, death Finnish voodoo and archaic grooves. Trio's frontman, Pekko Käppi is a visionary Finnish folk music composer, singer and jouhikko player (bowed lyre). The group's cross-genre approach has led them to perform on a wide variety of festivals around the world, ranging from Holland's Roadburn to WOMEX, and Kaustinen Folk Music Festival to metal festival Tuska Open Air.

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Teija Niku

Memento is the second solo album by accordionist Teija Niku of Helsinki, Finland. Her debut album, Finsko Pajdusko, was built around Balkan folk music, but the musical offering on the new album is more expansive, particularly highlighting Niku as a composer and arranger. At the center of Memento are her accordion and vocals, complemented by top-flight Finnish jazz and folk musicians.

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Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha's music is an interesting combination of Balkan Roma grooves, Russian romances and old Finnish tango and humppa. The group, established in 2009, has won recognition and released three critically acclaimed albums, and also become very on-demand live act due to their wild live performances.

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Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström

On the album Svalan Maria Kalaniemi, a master of free-bass button accordion joins forces with harmonium player Eero Grundström. The record contains Finnish-Swedish ballads, songs about the sea, passionate tangoes, frenzied minuets from Jepua, Kalaniemi’s own compositions and lyrical moods of contemplation.

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Joonas Widenius Trio

Joonas Widenius Trio music is a combination of Finnish traditions with jazz and flamenco. The band’s second album, Arktik Traktor Konspirazy, was released in spring. Pianist Iiro Rantala and jouhikko player Ilkka Heinonen are special guests on the album.

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Okra Playground

Helsinki based electro-folk band Okra Playground was formed in 2010. On this musical playground the kantele and bowed lyre, both ancient folk instruments, coexist in a new, exciting symbiosis with modern instruments and soundscapes. In 2016 the group played the official showcase of WOMEX and released their debut album Turmio, which came out in Europe via Nordic Notes and received a five-star review from Songlines Magazine.

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Sväng

After 14 years of touring and six albums, harmonica quartet Sväng decided to re-record songs from their vast repertoire of nordic dance grooves, tangos and balkan rhythms. In addition to old favorites, their latest release Hauptbahnhof also features a kopanitsa (a bulgarina traditional dance in 11/16 rhythm), a finnish polska and a re-arrangement of John Williams' Hedwig's theme from Harry Potter.

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Wimme & Rinne

Human is the latest collaboration between Sámi joik singer Wimme Saari and multi-instrumentalist Tapani Rinne. The duo's signature sound is a fascinating mixture of ancient joik traditions and modern soundscapes, which range from abstract ambient and field recordings to playful techno beats.

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Juurakko

Formed in 2011, Juurakko is a quintet whose instrumentation consists of kantele, harmonium, bowed lyre, guitar and some utility articles modified into percussion instruments. The lyrics spring from old texts from Finnish mythology as well as from everyday life.

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Timo Alakotila

Timo Alakotila is one of Finland’s busiest, most versatile and most in-demand musicians, as composer, arranger, pianist and harmonium player in folk, classical, jazz and pop fields. His career began as harmonium player and founder member of the fiddle group JPP, who quickly established themselves as the best and most innovative fiddle music group in Finland. On his first solo album Alakotila's sole instrument is piano.

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