- Jan 13: Chicago, IL - Old Town School
Jan 14: Minneapolis, Minn. - Cedar Cultural Center
Jan 16: Washington, DC - Finnish Embassy (Private concert, invitation only)
Jan 17: Alexandria, VA -Birchmere
Jan 18: Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center
Jan 19: Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
I don't know how to describe Finnish folk music, or Värttinä's sound in particular, except to say "staccato female harmonies", so here are some clips:
Värttinä started with songs based on the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic poem. Elias Lönnrot wrote the Kalevala in the early 19th century after years of collecting folklore around Finland and primarily Karelia (the Finnish heartland which now lies mostly in Russia). He wrote an epic extrapolating backward from the folktales he collected, a proposed source myth they could all have come from. His work inspired JRR Tolkien, who saw himself doing the same thing with British myths in The Lord of the Rings. Värttinä wrote music for the theater musical of The Lord of the Rings.
I'm going to get tickets soon for the Somerville Theatre show next Friday. Bostonians, wanna come?