The spiritual home of Sväng is Finnish folk music. Ever since the group was established, traditional tunes from Finland and other countries have been a part of its repertoire alongside original compositions. After years of playing and touring together and the release of 8 albums the time now felt right to go back to the roots and work on an album featuring only Finnish traditional music.
In Trad We Trust pays homage to Finnish folk music in its various forms: the ancient runo-singing tradition, kantele and jouhikko playing, a huge diversity of vocal styles and the instrumental virtuosity of the younger pelimanni music tradition. On this album Sväng wanted to present what they consider the jewels of Finnish folk music and render them into their own versions with high respect towards the original performances.
Sväng at a glance:
… 16 years of playing harmonicas in unchanged line-up
… 8 albums (incl. Sväng plays Chopin; Sväng plays Sibelius – and 2018 Sväng plays Tango)
… concerts/tours in 26 countries, including 5 tours to Japan & China
… official showcases at womex (2007); Babel Med Marseille (2014); Kulturbörse Freiburg (2017);
showcase Scotland (2020)
… 5 Top of the worlds by songlines magazine UK; 2 nominations to “German Record Critics´ Award”
… awarded to “Artist of the Year” (held at Finnish Etnogaala in Helsinki January 2019)
… nominated to Nordic Council Music Prize 2019 – www.norden.org
… numerous appearances at radio & TV, including Jools Holland´s legendary New Years Show on
Eero TURKKA– chromatic & diatonic harmonicas
Eero GRUNDSTRÖM - chromatic & diatonic harmonicas
Jouko KYHÄLÄ – chord harmonica harmonetta, chromatic & diatonic harmonicas
Pasi LEINO – base harmonica