This playlist is compiled by Finland-Swedish folksinger-songwriter Désirée Saarela.
Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström: Svalan
Maria Kalaniemi, one of Finland’s best-known folk musicians, is increasingly exploring her Finland-Swedish heritage. Svalan is a powerful disc full of handsome, emotional performances and wonderful traditional songs in Swedish.
Jepokryddona: Ein tridi
At the heart of the Finland-Swedish fiddler tradition in Jepua we find a group of women led by Christine Julin-Häggman, performing traditional pieces from Jepua with their own peculiar brand of super-strength.
Marianne Maans & Lauri Antila: Duets
A duo album laden with trad, new tunes, lullabies and ballads in dialect – rare and wonderful. A lovely combination of violin, voice and double bass!
A wealth of Finland-Swedish songs and tunes performed in true fiddler spirit by the excellent Rosenfink trio.
Valter Enlund & Torsten Pärus: Bröllopsspelmännen
Valter Enlund and Torsten Pärus, master fiddlers of yesteryear, played together exceedingly well on their violins, and their music-making captures the local dialect and style of Lappväärtti. This compilation of archival recordings was originally released a long time ago but has now been digitally re-released.
Kenneth Nordman & Mats Granfors: I Fäälan - Nya spelmanslåtar från Sydösterbotten
A great fiddler duo from Suupohja re-imagining traditional music, warts and all.
Kusinerna Riippa: Vedil
New music in a folk music spirit, setting early 20th-century texts. Guitarist Niko Riippa combines blues with traditional music with a simple and original touch.
Désirée Saarela & Triskel: Brandliljor och Eldsjälar
I put together a disc of true stories by Finland-Swedish women, exploring Finland’s history from a women’s point of view and from a minority perspective. The songs are mine, but the but the stories and this album are theirs.
The Hobs: E ni me?
Young energy and a new generation of Finland-Swedish folk musicians.
Translation: Jaakko Mäntyjärvi