Jenny : I could compare
the way we do music with jazz musicians,we do a lot of improvising ,a lot
of riffs , stretching out notes. We want to keep the freedom but also the
respect for the traditional music.The music is built up for melodies , its
not builtup for chords.
We don't have in our music
a walking bass, we only have a drone and the percussion to do the bass stuff.
The music is extemely danceable!
Finnish four piece were the big surprise hit of the festival for
me, since I'd never ever heard of them before they arrived here
in February. Reportedly it was a bit of a shock for them , as it
was 35C when they arrived in Adelaide and it was minus 35C
in Finland when they left !.
they acclimatised remarkably well and gained a big following with
their great mix of traditional Finnish instruments ( note the Dragon
headed violin played by vocalist Jenny Wilhelms ) as
well as didgeridoo, jaw harp and lots of exotic percussion . The
eeirie vocals ofJenny are out of this world and there were some
great fiddle duets and up tempo numbers which are good for dancing
, a band to watch out for !
They are right,this stuff just makes you want to dance !
A good portion of the Friday night set from stage 2 is included in
the ABC TV special. Theres an excellent aud tape circulating as well.Check
out their albums, well worth a listen, they have a unique sound.