The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble

1995: Gadfly Records 501

  1. Shepherd Incantation
  2. Swallow Waltz
  3. Karelian Melody
  4. Prisyatka
  5. Karelian Melody
  6. Kantele Ensemble
  7. Valaam Bells
  8. Finnish Folk Melody
  9. Finnish Folk Melody
  10. Happy Fellow
  11. Milk Polka

I think this was the first taste I had of both Finnish music and the sound of the kantele. It was unquestionably the beautiful track “Valaam Bells” that got me interested in the former and led me to the group Loituma and to Timo Väänänen, as they have also featured gorgeous kantele songs imitating churchbells.