In Finnish (and other Nordic languages) we have this great word pelimanni. It means fiddler, not a person who plays the fiddle, but traditional musician or folk musician. I love the word and very much relate to it, for me it's also a state of mind and lifestyle. That's why this whole blog is also called Pelimannilifestyle.
Summer is traditionally the golden era of the pelimannilifestyle. All the work you've done alone during the year, office hours and practicing suddenly turns into real life. You get to visit many festivals, play gigs, jam, dance and meet old and new friends and that my friends, is the best!
This summer I get to visit festivals in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway – a whole Nordic tour wohoo! Also I'm going to teach at a folk music course in Durham in UK, looking forward to that! I was an exchange student at Newcastle University during the year 2013-2014 and had smashing time. I haven't been back since so it's about the time to feel the English trad scene again! Also as the super extra surprise bonus I'm going to play at Folk Azores in August. That's going to be exciting!
The festival season was opened a couple of weeks ago in Denmark where I was to play at the Belgian bagpiper Marieke Van Ransbeeck's concert. I jammed and danced and really felt that something started to move in my soul after the long and dark winter. Oh yes, I'm alive and music is the best! At the moment I'm at home enjoying the peaceful weeks before the crazy festival traveling starts. But I'm feeling the summer so much, like I was a bottle of champagne and summer was the bubbles in me, that suddenly no summer poem feels cliché and I want to play my accordion all the time, through the day and nite! I have a feeling that this summer will be amazingly amazing and it already is.
For the gigs this summer I'm especially looking forward to Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and ENKEL XL show at the main stage on Wednesday 10th July. We will have many guests starring the show and I've got a feeling it might be hard not to be touched of all the friends standing next to me on the stage. Musik over Præstø Fjord will be nice as well. It is such a cozy festival and I'm looking forward to play there with ENKEL!
Here you can see which festivals I'm going to take part this summer. Come and say hi if you're around!
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21/6 Seurasaaren juhannusvalkeat (ENKEL)
4-7/7 Førdefestivalen, Norja (Floating Sofa Quartet)
8/-14/7 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (ENKEL, Alavuden kaksiriviset, Sibelius-Akatemian nuorisokoulutuksen yhtye Nirso)
20/7 Folkrot, Ruotsi (Floating Sofa Quartet)
25-28/7 Korrö, Ruotsi (ENKEL)
3/8 Kvinnfolk, Ahvenanmaa (ENKEL)
8-11/8 Musik over Præstø Fjord, Tanska (ENKEL)
X-X/8 Folk Azores
14/9 Godtfolk, Tanska (Floating Sofa Quartet)
As you can see from the schedule the blog might not be that active during the next couple of months but hey, we'll see on the road! Enjoy the summer wind on your little faces!