Esko Jarvela and Tero Hyvaluoma are definitely among the best fiddlers of their generation in Finland (both born at the beginning of the 1980s). Their playing style has the distinctive folk music phrasing and swing, but they seem to be at ease with almost any musical genre. When going solo, they prove themselves talented composers as well.
Esko Jarvela Epic Male Band smells like black American music with a tight Scandinavian twist, with some Irish winds as a nice little extra, played by Calum MacCrimmon. A very talented band, but sometimes I’m missing a little humour and relaxed feeling in it.
Tero Hyvaluoma’s Junkyard Ball is a potpourri of this and that. A freaky mix? Yes, but nicely done, passing from Irish-American fiddle frenzy to heavy funky drums, with some traditional fiddle and harmonium in between. Hyvaluoma also shows his skills as an arranger, the gem of the record being the lyricalromantic folk song Läksin minä kesäyönä – a very personal touch in the arrangement, extremely good work by the singers and beautiful details in the instrumentation. Among the other musicians, young talent Matias Tyn Tyni on keyboards stands out.