IN THE HEAT OF A STEAM TURBINE 7.-8.1.2011
Folklandia, the biggest wintertime folklore event in Finland, sails on M/S Silja Europa for the 16th time this January, opening up the ship for friends of folk music and folk dance. The theme of these years cruise is “Folklore freaks and moped men” in honor of the people who have recorded and collected music and dance from different eras.
This is a sitting where you might pull a wheelie and let off some steam. International guests will be arriving from Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Slovakia, while the Finnish performers represent the entire country.
SWING ON THE FOLKLORE STAGE
The Original Swedish Arvika Blues Breakers from Sweden offers the audience fast-paced polka swing and melancholy waltzes. The vibrant mix of the Danish Habadekuk brings salsa, jazz and folk on board. ARV is a new Sweden Finnish duo that brings the two countries together on the folk music stage and adds a touch of Balkan influence. The Finnish
band Veres shakes up old folk ballads by blending heavy rock and folk music in harmony. Bill Hota & The Pulvers serve up a good dose of South Ostrobothnia attitude while JPP provides a melodic journey led by Mauno Järvelä. Tsuumi Sound System promises musical energy with all flavors’ and Suvi Oskala conjures up sentimental and spontaneous
MASTERS OF DANCE
International masters of dance will be arriving from Sweden and Slovakia. Critics say that the Swedish Nordic featuring STHLM Moves is
“the best ever heard in the North”. The group combines classic dance style with folk tradition in their concert. Mladost from Slovakia, a
joyful dance and music ensemble, adds some Balkan colour. Among others, Finnish dance mastery will be demonstrated by the folk dance students from Tampere Conservatoire in their diploma work Awakenings under the spruce, which has been supervised by Ari Numminen and Jouni Prittinen.
article submitted by:Eric van Monckhoven, Tsuumi Sound System Ltd