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`I had to play Brahms, Schubert, Bach and Schumann, but none of
them fascinated me enough to go and buy their albums.'
- Eithne Ní Bhraonáin (Enya)
My new favourite band is this wonderful Finnish band called Värttinä.
They sing Finnish folk-rock with amazing vocals. They're
my first exposure to Finnish music, and I don't know how typical
they are, but their stuff sounds a little akin to Celtic music
lot akin to Balkan (yes, Balkan, not Baltic) folk music, especially
Bulgarian or Yugoslav women's folk music. There are also hints
of Jazz in it. It's amazing stuff. The singing is really
fast and energetic, and the lyrics have a lot of alliteration
and internal rhyme. I don't know if I'd have this reaction
if I could understand the words, but some of it sounds like Irish
mouth music. If I could take only one CD with me to a desert
island (this is a desert island equipped with AC power and a good
stereo system, mind you!), it might well be one of theirs.
I've got three of their albums,
Vihma (their latest),
Seleniko, and my life isn't complete yet 'cause I haven't heard the others.
Some Värttinä links:
I like folk music of various kinds, especially Celtic folk music.
I also like Western classical and `New Age'. Favourite musicians
and groups of mine include:
And Heidi has introduced me to Alanis Morissette.
- Folk and folk rock
- Folk rock / Celtic rock
Tempest (not much information at this page, but you can see what their
logo looks like)
Tempest are based in San Francisco. They do a lot of Celtic
Rock (admirably sung by their lead guitarist Leif Sorbye, who
is not Irish :-) and rock versions of traditional songs of the
British Isles, but they also come up with some interesting and
fresh combinations of musical traditions, such as the title track
on their album
Surfing to Mecca, which I heartily recommend.
- The Chieftans
- Steeleye Span
- The Pogues
Boiled in Lead
- Bach (of course - especially his organ music)
- `New Age' / electronic
Some other resources related to the kinds of music I like include:
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