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!

Related Artists

Suistamon Sähkö

Suistamon Sähkö performs new Karelian dance music with electronics, Russian toy accordion, power of song, rap and manic moves. Crazy music scientists Anne-Mari Kivimäki and Eero Grundström create new Suistamo dance music with a Notka accordion and electronics. Add two dancing vocalists Reetta-Kaisa Iles and Tuomas Juntunen and this visual folktronica act will make you dance yourself into a trance.

Read more

Antti Paalanen

Crazy accordion experimentalist Antti Paalanen has created his own sound with his diatonic instrument and he uses it to weave hypnotic and minimalistic tunes that tell stories about the world of today. On his songs Paalanen screams at his accordion, kicks the floor and hits the bellows. Alongside his solo career, Antti Paalanen is a member of several folk music line-ups such as Hehkumo, Hyperborea, Laitakaupungin- orkesteri, Kiharakolmio, Trepaanit and Turkka ja Paalanen.

Read more

Gájanas

Gájanas is a band that combines ethnic progressive music with Sámi joik. The band members are Hildá Länsman (also known from the groups Vildá and Solju), Nicholas Francett, Kevin Francett and Erkki Feodoroffare, all hailing from Utsjoki and Inari in Northern Finland. In Gájanas' music, echoes of Sámi tradition encounter present moment and form a colourful combination. One can also hear a dialogue between the traditional and modern Sámi music., as well as a strong emphasize to the nature connection of the Sámi people.

Read more

Tuuletar

Tuuletar is a vocal performance group, consisting of four diverse women from Finland. The quartet takes influences from all around the world, inspired by sounds from American hip hop to South Asian folk, all while keeping their feet strongly rooted in Finnish language and musical heritage. Following the release of their debut "Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal" the group toured across the world. Tuuletar's 2nd album "Rajatila/Borderline" was released in May 2019.

Read more

Tapani Rinne

Saxophone and clarinet player Tapani Rinne. Inspired by the playing of percussionist Edward Vesala, Rinne formed jazz/techno band RinneRadio in 1988. Later, Rinne joined with RinneRadio bandmate Jari Kokkonen and acoustic string player Matti Wallenius to provide instrumental accompaniment for modern Yoik singer Wimme Saari on his album, Wimme, in 1997. Rinne released his debut solo album, Insider, in 1999.

Read more

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.

Read more

Zäpämmät

The Zäpämmät duo, consisting of Marjo Smolander and Pauliina Kauppila, were inspired by the different ways of producing sound both with their own voices and with instruments and began to reconstruct Marjo’s compositions anew, Marjo on her Finnish kantele and Pauliina her hands and feet occupied by all kinds of imaginable sound-producing devices. In this way Zäpämmät brings the audience their beautiful and rugged songs and music.

Read more

Sarah Palu

Sarah Palu (b. 1991) is a Finnish-French composer and musician. Palu composes for diverse ensembles and multidisciplinary projects including films, installations, dance and theatre.

Read more

Piirainen | Blom | Company

PIIRAINEN | BLOM | COMPANY was born out of a collaboration of two modern day musicians J-P Piirainen (acoustic guitar) and Venla Ilona Blom (beatboxing and vocals). Together with a group of Finnish folk dancers they research a connection between modern folk music and the Finnish folk dance tradition. They combine acoustic guitar, beatboxing and dancing and create a totally new sound, bringing Finnish folk dances to 2020 era.

Read more

NIEMI

NIEMI, the new project by singer-songwriter Inka Niemi is a mystical combination of lullabies and ambient music born from the healing power of nature. Niemi immersed herself in the core of traditional lullabies and wrote an album of folk songs inspired by the folklore of the modern era, under the artistic production of Venla Ilona Blom (Tuuletar).

Read more

Mikko Heikinpoika

Mikko Heikinpoika is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. He is a part of the new wave of live musicians who strive to create powerful performance experiences through merging acoustic and electronic and combining ancient vocal techniques with live looping.

Read more

Marjo Smolander

North Karelian artist Marjo Smolander combines her Finnish folk music roots to the elements of musics from Senegal and Mali creating unique musical cosmology. She plays Finnish instrument kantele and sings. Her debut album will be released in January 2021. In 2020, Smolander collaborated with experimental musician Heikki Lindgren on the album "Ambient Experimentations: Tube Noise Generator and Forest Recordings with kantele".

Read more

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.

Read more

Kusinerna Riippa

The cousins Niko and Jessica Riippa, whose Swedish band name naturally translates to "the Riippa cousins", form the Finnish-swedish duo with roots in the village of Nedervetil on the west coast of Finland. Jessica has a degree in both music and drama and Niko is the founder and guitarist of Wentus Blues Band. The duo's debut album made new arrangements to old Swedish folksongs but also made new compositions to texts by the poet Alexander Slotte. Jessica and Niko have taken these poems and made new modern folksongs, on which their fondness to their hometown can be heard.

Read more

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.

Read more

Julia Adal

Julia Adal is a singer-songwriter and producer from Finland, living in Medellín, Colombia. Her music has influences of indie folk, pop and soul as well as world music. She started writing songs and playing concerts when living in Prague, Czechia. All three places have influenced Julia Adal's song writing.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Pauanne

Kukka Lehto (violin, keyboards), Tero Pennanen (Hammond B3, keyboards) and Janne Haavisto (drums, percussion) form Pauanne, whose music combines compositions with archived tapes. The trio draws influences from old beliefs and traditions. Their self-titled debut album was released by Nordic Notes in 2019, which was followed by the collaborative album "Barely Ann-Mari" with singer-songwriter Irina Björklund in 2020.

Read more

Ikiranka

Saxophonist Joakim Berghäll and keyboardist Juha Kujanpää had their duo Ikiranka expanded to trio form as sound designer Teemu Korpipää joined the group. The self-titled debut includes carefully selected traditional songs from both Finland and Sweden, amongst original compositions. Ikiranka calls their listener to stop and seize the moment. The album speaks out on the hectic modern life.

Read more

Henna-Maija Vannemaa

After graduating from Sibelius Academy in 2013, accordionist Henna-Maija Vannemaa has performed actively as well as worked as an accordion teacher. Alongside that, she works as a yoga instructor providing yoga classes with live music. In 2019, Henna-Maija was acknowledged as the Accordion Artist of the Year by Accordion Association.

Read more

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.

Read more

Frankosun and the Family

Although debuting on record in 2020, this alliance of African and Finnish musicians has been active since 2013. The band's music ranges from both intensely rhythmic 70s and 80s Beninese/Nigerian styles of afrobeat to more floating and relaxing afro funk and afro rock. Singer-percussionist Frankosun (Franck Koumolou) hails from Benin, the birthplace of Voodoo where he was born into a Nago-family, a group of people known for their voodoo masks and rhythms influenced by Egoun goun-, Zangbeto-, Guèlède- and Tchango-cultures.

Read more

Ensemble Gamut!

Ensemble Gamut! is a fresh, experimental collective of early music and folk music specialists, constantly searching for new ways to perform early music. They combine historical instruments and electronics in an innovative way, and have created their own unique world of sounds using medieval and renaissance music, Finnish folk tunes, improvisation and modern soundscapes. Ensemble Gamut! has performed extensively from club gigs to museums, medieval churches and concert halls. Their debut album, UT was released in 2020.

Read more

Emmi Kujanpää

Emmi Kujanpää is a Finnish folk singer, kantele player and composer specialized in Finno-Ugric and Bulgarian folk traditions. She's a Sibelius Academy graduate, and completed part of her Master’s degree studies at the Music Academy of Plovdiv, in Bulgaria.

Read more