Finnish folk music direct from Finland

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The Cultural Center in New York Mills will host Finnish folk group “Kardemimmit” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 during the group’s U.S. tour.  Tickets are $5 for this unique opportunity to hear a modern interpretation of traditional Finnish music.  

“Kardemimmit” is a Finnish folk music group formed by four young women: Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius.  They are singers and players of the kantele, the national instrument of Finland in its 15- and 38- stringed forms.  The group’s repertory consists of modern folk music, mostly composed by the members themselves.  The music of “Kardemimmit” is fresh, yet strongly rooted in Finnish tradition from both Eastern and Western regions, featuring reki-style singing, Perhonjoki valley kantele style, Karelian small kantele and runo-song traditions as well as archaic improvisation.  “Kardemimmit” has played together for over 10 award-winning years. They were named 2004 Kantele Group of the Year, the National Kantele Group contest winner in 2005, Group of the Year in the Uusimaa-region in 2009 and 2010, and 2012 Folk Music Album of the Year by the Finnish Folk Music Association.  

This concert is co-sponsored by Finn Creek Open Air Museum. Finn Creek is located just three miles outside of New York Mills, and is celebrating 40 years of open air history.  For more information call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center’s website at www. kulcher.org.