Folk Music from Finland – Concert



Vaka Folk Festival, in partnership with The Nordic House and the Embassy of Finland in Reykjavík, is proud to present a concert of fantastic folk music from Finland, featuring the launch of the new album Waltz for better times by the Matti Kallio Trio, vocalist Anna Fält and Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen. Price 2500 Isk

Matti Kallio playing the 5-row chromatic button accordion, melodeon, various whistles and also guitar, is one of the most versatile Finnish folk musicians of his generation. For many years he was a member of the Finnish folk band Värttinä. In his trio, he is joined by Petri Hakala on guitar and mandolin and Hannu Rantanen on double bass. Waltz for Better Times features compositions by Matti played with a lively folk-meets-jazz feel. Vaka Folk Festival is delighted to present this rare opportunity to hear the music on the album played live in Iceland for the first time.

Matti Kallio Trio

Also appearing at the concert and at Vaka Folk Festival in Akureyri 30th May – 2nd June will be the stunning vocalist Anna Fält, a one-woman band, singing with versatility, passion and power like you have never heard before!
Her concerts are a tribute to the human voice. Once heard never forgotten.

Anna Fält

Kantele player Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen is a rising star in instrumental Finnish instrumental folk music. The kantele’s plucked strings create haunting and ethereal music that can make audiences feel as if they are between a dream and wakefulness. Eeva-Kaisa plays all sizes of the kantele, ranging from the simple 5-string instrument to the large concert kantele, which can have up to forty strings.

Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen

Truly a not to be missed concert.