Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun May 13th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Arto Järvelä (with Maria Kalaniemi & Olli Varis) “Kuhmoo Päässä” from Polska Differente (OArt Mouzak 1994) —the first part of this show will feature Arto Järvelä, the Finnish fiddler, and some of the many groups he has played with over the years.Buy it!
Arto Järvelä (with Maria Kalaniemi) “II Mäläskä Ja Laiturin Äijä” from Polska Differente (OArt Mouzak 1994) —the second half of the title means "old man of the dock"; the first half refers to a 19th century fiddler who was jailed for murder and then let go because he played this polska tune incessantly and the jailers went mad...Buy it!
Tallari “Suomen lempein lintu (trad.)” from Tallari (KILP 15) (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1986) —this 35 year old LP features music by one of the early folk revival groups. Arto Järvelä played fiddle with them, but this cut features Kantele (a table harp) and Jouhikko (a primitive bowed instrument) at the startBuy it!
Tallari “Polkkasikermä (Säv. Otto Hotakainen)” from Tallari (KILP 15) (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1986) —this group of polkas has a more "Eastern European" sound, reflecting Finland's proximity to RussiaBuy it!
Tallari “Kaustislainen menuetti (Säv. Arto Järvelän)” from Tallari (KILP 15) (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1986) —folk minuets played a surprisingly common role in Finish music in the south and west. These come from Kaustinen, home of the famous festival and many traditional fiddlersBuy it!
Niekku “Polkkaa Ja Polskaa” from Niekku (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1993) —the title means "polka & polska" referring to the 2/4 dance and the dance in 3/4 brought from Sweden. The sung tune at the end is stunning.Buy it!
Arto Järvelä & Kimmo Pohjonen “Gogo Tatu” from Kuulas Hetki (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1993) —this CD has a lot of student projects from the Sibelius Academy, where most of the musicians in the early part of this show went. Some of these projects were not directly related to Finnish folk music.Buy it!
Uusi Pirnales “Krapulakatrilli” from Kuulas Hetki (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1993) —"Katrilli" is Finnish for "quadrille", a popular set dance form in Eastern Finland, Karelia, and Neighboring parts of Russia. The Finns played them faster...Buy it!
Turkilla Prostitus “Jokkuu 8” from Kuulas Hetki (Kansanmusiikki-Instituuti 1993) —The featured bowed instrument here is the jouhikko. This piece is meant to evoke the "tribal" nature of the Finno-Ugric peoples from whom the Finns descended.Buy it!
Minna Raskinen “Sulakesottiisi” from Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 1990 (Brewhouse Music 1990) —here played on a kantele in traditional style. The Latvians and Lithuanians have a similar tradition.Buy it!
Plektronite “Kokemaen Flikkain Kuumat Valssit” from Plektroniitit Tuloo! (Skycap www.perinneaarkku.net/plektronite 2005) —I saw this CD in an on-line catalog (CD Roots) and grabbed it. The whole thing is a delight.Buy it!
Plektronite “Rautaneineisyen Polskat” from Plektroniitit Tuloo! (Skycap www.perinneaarkku.net/plektronite 2005) —The Polska is from Ostrobotnia (western Finland), but the tune is from Småland in SwedenBuy it!
Blink “Kom Lunkom (trad. Småland, arr. Blink)” from Blink (norcd ww.norcd.no 2011) —and here this "multi Scandinavian" group plays a tune taken from Småland itself. Blink has members from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and EstoniaBuy it!
Laurie Hart, Stefhan Ohlström & Andrew VanNorstrand “Småland- Brudpolska av Jonas Börjesson” from Polska in Uppland & Southern Sweden, Vol. 2 of Scandinavian Fiddle Tradition ((self) 2011)Buy it!
Laurie Hart, Stefhan Ohlström & Andrew VanNorstrand “Södermanland- Polska efter Axel Axelsson” from Polska in Uppland & Southern Sweden, Vol. 2 of Scandinavian Fiddle Tradition ((self) 2011) —both Småland and Södermanland are in southern SwedenBuy it!
Kvasir “Brudestykkerne / Den Søde, Den Sure Og Den Bitre” from Nye Sko / New Shoes / Nouveaux Souliers (GOFOLK www.gofolk.dk 2006) —This group is from Denmark; the dance is a Sonderhøning, which has a turning step in 3/4, but done to 2/4 musicBuy it!
Berntsen (with Loretta Kelly) “Urheimen” from At Home (Azalea City www.azaleacityrecordings.com 2011) —The only Norwegian tune this afternoon - a Vossarüll. Loretta visits St. Louis nearly every year - catch her if you canBuy it!
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