MUSIC LINKS :
GENERAL MUSIC LINKS :

Big discography of Finnish music at http://www.phinnweb.org/finndiscog/abc/
Finnish music discographies and bibliographies at http://www.kaapeli.fi/~musakir/engbib/
Finnish export music at http://www.musicfinland.com/
Finnish music Information Centre (contempory,folk,jazz,pop) at http://www.fimic.fi/ Contact : info@mic.teosto.fi
Finnish music at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/%7Elatvis/rockdata.html
Popular Finnish Folk, Jazz and Rock overview at http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/lightmus.html
Article about new classical Finnish music at http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/pages/mic5f3.htm
Article about exporting popular Finnish music at http://www.musicfinland.com/classical/fmq/articles/letkis.html
Sibelius Academy at http://www.siba.fi/
Finnish music centre at http://www.globalmusic.fi/index.html
Music libraries in Finland at http://www.kaapeli.fi/~musakir/engdir/index.htm
Finnish musicians Union at http://www.musicfinland.com/sml/english.html
Finnish music magazine at http://www.musicfinland.com/classical/fmq/index.html
"Finnfest" or Finnish Music in the US in the US page at
http://www-instruct.nmu.edu/math_cs/kiltinen/web/potpourri.html
Finnish page about music http://meteli.net (music information database combined with links to artist's pages, record companies, record stores etc, in Finnish)

OLD MUSIC :

List of records 1901-1945 in Finland at http://www.yle.fi/aanilevysto/firs/sis.htm

CONTEMPORY MUSIC :

Contempory music at http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/pages/mic5f3.htm

PROGRESSIVE, ROCK,.. :

Finnish 60's rock introduction at http://www.kiwi-us.com/~hitomi/finnrock.htm
Finnish garage & psychedelica introduction at http://www.phinnweb.org/retro/garage/finland/
Intro to Finnish rock history at http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/pages/mic74.htm
Book on Finnish prog : http://www.popangel.fi/FinnishProge.html
Finnish music scene at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/rockdata.html
With list of artists at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/yhtyeet/index.html
Rock and Pop links (from Sibelius Academy) at :
http://www.siba.fi/Kulttuuripalvelut/rock-e.html
Finish prog music association with magazine : http://www.colossus.fi/
Rock in Finland at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/rockdata.html
(Big discography of Finnish music at http://www.sci.fi/~phinnweb/finndiscog/abc/#A)
"Suomi-rock" at http://jata.vampula.net/musiikkisivut/index.htm
History of Suomi-Rock (in Finnish) at http://jata.vampula.net/musiikkisivut/rochis/index.htm
Love Records list http://www.sci.fi/~phinnweb/early/love/
Pop/rock page at http://fennica.net/a/099/k0992.htm
Some extra musicians list at http://www.manari.fi/ohjelmat.htm
(Popular music article at http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/pages/mic7f3.htm)
Finnish pop : http://www.onechord.net/
Interesting alternative groups : http://www.deepturtle.net/artists.html (hard)
& http://www.haamu.com/mentalalaska/linkit.html

More interesting links : http://www.nuscience.nu/

ELECTRONICA :

Early electronica in Finland : http://www.phinnweb.org/early/
Electronic music in Finland in general : http://www.phinnweb.org/

FOLK :

History of Finnish folk at next link.
Small entry about Finnish folk http://music.experience.free.fr/folkm/finland.htm
Small intro Scandinavian (folk) music at http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/music/99/09/02/FOLK.html
Roots from Finland at http://www.rootsworld.com/rw/finland/index.html
Trad. Finnish music at http://www.siba.fi/Kulttuuripalvelut/finnish.html
http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/finmusic.html
Scandinavian music (most of it from Sweden) at http://www.noside.com/
Article about women groups in Finland at http://www.musicfinland.com/fmq/articles/menaiset.html
Global Music Centre for World Music projects at http://www.globalmusic.fi/in_english/index.html
Sami Radio at http://www.yle.fi/samiradio/     
Music for sale : http://www.digelius.com/finland.htm

Reviews of folk items at second review page->
Psych-folk & Free Folk from Finland is listed at http://psychedelicfolk.homestead.com/finland.html

JAZZ :

Jazz in Finland at http://www.suomijazz.com/
Jazz in Finland article at http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/pages/mic6f3.htm
Discography for Finnish jazz in the seventies at http://koti.mbnet.fi/~fnote/disco.html

OTHER ORIGINATING MUSIC :

Punk in Finland at http://www.punkinfinland.net/
Finnish Rock Festival pages at http://www.ilosaarirock.fi/2000/

SPECIFIC PROGRESSIVE MUSIC GROUPS :  -(groups in red did get airplay in my radio program)-

AGENESS : symph.neo prog
ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT : Energetic Chamber music Rock.
Reviews and links at http://progressive.homestead.com/FINLAND_GROUPS.html
APOCALYPTICA : three cello's play Metallica, similar and own compositions in a unique way, where classical music becomes progressive metal.
They are listed at the Chamber music rock (RIO) page.
Web-page : http://www.apocalyptica.com/home/
BARKA VALL : Swedish language folk rock with metal electric bass line and beautiful female vocals at http://www.barkavall.com/ has my review and more links at next page.
THE BLAZERS : twist/surf group at http://www.saunalahti.fi/~oystila/raimo/jussi/diskogrf/living_in_europe.html
BLUES SECTION : at http://members.surfeu.fi/mmerilai/wigwam/blues_section/index.htm
CHARLIES : 70's rock band. No web page known.
CIRCLE : minimal or improvised spacy psychedelic music.
Reviews with links are on next page.
CMX : at http://njet.net/cmx/en/biography/
EERO JA JUSSI & THE BOYS : at
http://www.saunalahti.fi/~oystila/raimo/ejb/
ELEKTROVERDE : psych rock off-shout of Circle at http://www.phinnweb.org/circle/ektroverde/ & http://www.ektrorecords.com/
Review at http://www.ektrorecords.com/releases/pingvin.html
FINNFOREST : keyboard based prog and at second release prog Fusion at http://www.lasercd.com/merchant/lasercd/lasersedge.asp#finn and on next link
FIVE FIFTEEN at http://www.novision.fi/fivefifteen/
FLYING GARDENIA alt. prog has my review with links and attached text file at next page.
GJALLARHORN : ethno folk quartet with happy atmosphere at http://www.gjallarhorn.com/
has my review and more links at next page.
GNOMUS : Advanced progressive. Has my reviews on next page
GOURMET music with chamber rock influences. Has my reviews on next page
THE GROUP : at http://www.gepr.net/gr.html#GROUPTHE
HAIKARA : prog at http://www.ektrorecords.com/releases/haikara.html
with biography at http://www.ektrorecords.com/releases/haikara_article.html
Reviews of three items at http://gnosis2000.net/reviews/haikara.htm
I still look for this item
PETRI HAKALA folk fusion musician at http://www.rootsworld.com/reviews/hakala.html
& at next link from Folk Insitute.
HECTOR & OSCAR : West Coast folkpop. No website known.
HEDNINGARNA actually mostly Swedish folkrock band
Web site at http://www.cabal.se/silence/nyhedning/index.html &
http://www.noside.com/text_hedning.html Website with sound at http://www.noside.com/Catalog/CatalogArtist_01.asp?Action=Get&Artist_ID=16
Web site in Spanish http://www.casidetodo.com/hedningarna/)
(PS. check also Garmarna if you like Hedningarna)
HÖYRI KÖNE (= "hammers of the underworld") : VDG symph.prog at next link
Review at http://petit.sebastien.free.fr/hoyrykon.html
HURRIGANES : (60's R&R ?) at http://www.saunalahti.fi/espe64/ and at http://netti.nic.fi/~jyrki.i/ganes/ and at http://www.sci.fi/~tovaska/hurriganes/ and at   http://www.music.helsinki.fi/research/geton/
Discography at http://jata.vampula.net/musiikkisivut/hurriganes/index.htm
PEKKA JOHANNES "ALBERT" JÄRVINEN
JORMAS : 60's pop ? at http://www.kiwi-us.com/~hitomi/finnishbands.htm
LEENA JOUTSENLAHTI (from Niekku)
GUSTAVSON JUKKA (Wigwam, Tasavallan Presidentti) at http://www.gepr.net/gr.html#GUSTAVSONJUKKA
and http://members.surfeu.fi/mmerilai/wigwam/members/jukka.htm
JUSSI BOYS & FRIENDS : http://theband.hiof.no/albums/keha_kaartuu.html ( as being part of 'The Band''s website)
MARIA KALANIEMI : (trad.based but good) folk accordion virtuosi with group Aldargaz. She played also in folk group Niekku, at http://www.hoedown.com/ &
http://www.multikulti.se/rekcd/europe/north/mariak.html
Webpage with sound at http://www.noside.com/Catalog/CatalogArtist_01.asp?Action=Get&Artist_ID=54
KALEVALA : Great heavy psych bluesrock, with some more quiet pieces led by piano too. The best item from 70's Finland I heard so far. Their second item is more boogie blues. Nothing very special. Some information you can find at http://www.gepr.net/ka.html#KALEVALA
KINGSTON WALL : prog
KIRKA & THE CREATURES :
bluesy poprock R&B ? at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/yhtyeet/kirka/
MOOG KONTTINEN
MATTIJUHANI KOPONEN : at
http://www.sci.fi/~phinnweb/early/mattijuhani_koponen.html (see also The Sperm).
KOTAILINEN see at http://www.phinnweb.org/early/early_discog.html
HALKOLA KRIISTINA LP picture at http://www.sci.fi/~phinnweb/early/love/pic/kristina.jpg
EKKI KURENIEMI see at http://www.phinnweb.org/early/
SUNNA KURKI-SUONIO Singer of Hedningarna
LAIKA AND THE COSMONAUTS : surf music at http://www.laikaandthecosmonauts.com/
LEHISTFAMILY (Circle/grand parents) review at http://www.ektrorecords.com/releases/lehtisalofamily.html
ANNA-KAISA LIEDES (Niekku) : folk
DAVE LINDHOLM at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/yhtyeet/lindholm.html
THE LOBSTERS : Hammond organ led acid jazz slightly influenced by 70's Finnish prog 
Review with links : http://progressive.homestead.com/FINLANDGROUPS2.html
MR. MÄLÄSKÄ folk-fusion accordionist. review at next page
RIIKONEN MITTI
MOON FOG PROHPET : psychedelic. No website.
MUITA
MUSKA
NIMBUS prog rock. No web page with information known.
NOVA organ led rock. No web page known.
M.A.NUMMINEN Some info on http://www.phinnweb.org/early/
AHVENLAHTI OLLI
OZONE PLAYER : electronic at at http://www.ozoneplayer.com/ and at http://www.kolumbus.fi/ozoneplayer/Download.html
JIM PEMBROKE : look at Wigwam site at http://members.surfeu.fi/mmerilai/wigwam/
PEKKA POHJOLA : ex-Wigwam fusion artist at http://www.sci.fi/~fuerte/pohjola.htm
& http://www.rockadillo.fi/pekkapohjola/ and at http://www.gepr.net/po.html#POHJOLAPEKKA . Another page (with reviews,..) at http://gnosis2000.net/reviews/pohjola.htm
KIMMO POHJONEN progressive ! accordion player (called "the techno terrorist accordion player"(from former rock band Ismo Alanko Säätiö) at
http://www.rootsworld.com/freereed/jukebox/kimmo.html or http://www.rootsworld.com/rw/finland/kimmo.html &
PRIME MOVER : melodic prog rock at http://www.skivkraft.com/primemover/
HANNU SEPPONEN
SPERM : exp.undergr. group from Mattijuhani Koponen ; look at http://www.phinnweb.org/early/
PEKKA STRENG :
PIIRPAUKE : folk fusion on http://www.rockadillo.fi/piirpauke/
& http://music.sky-sea.net/official/piirpauke/
& Finnish Music centre info
POHJANNAULA : Pop Folk Rock
Websites at http://www.helsinki.fi/~aunesluo/pnaula/ &
http://www.helsinki.fi/~aunesluo/pnaula/bio.htm &
With sound file at http://www.belides.fi/artistit/pohjannaula/
PRUSIKOUKKU Folkrock Pop. If all songs were as strong as these three it would have been great ! They might be great live if I hear the energy in those tracks.
HANNU SAHA folk fusion artist and promotor.
Web pages at http://www.rootsworld.com/reviews/saha.html & http://www.rootster.com/cdroots/finn-saha.html &
SCARAB : symphonic.
HARRI SAKSALA at http://www.manari.fi/ohjelmat/harri_saksala.htm
Contact at harri.saksala@groovefm.fi
SARCOFAGUS : psych. no web site/page known.
SLOBO HORO :
SUOMEN TALVISOTA :
70's underground rock at http://www.phinnweb.com/early/suomen_talvisota/
TABULA RASA
TALLARI : folk (with members of Loituma, Hedningarna) http://www.rootster.com/cdroots/finn-tallari-virtaa.html
TASVALLAN PRESIDENTTI : prog classic
at http://www.gepr.net/ta.html#TASAVALLANPRESIDEN
Some more reviews at http://gnosis2000.net/reviews/tasavallan.htm
JUKKA TOLONEN (guitarist Wigwam, Tasvallan Presidentti) :
Web page at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/yhtyeet/tolonen/
SEPPO TYNI : ex-Pekka Pohjola group fusion guitarist
RAULI "BADDING" SOMERJOKI ?at http://jata.vampula.net/musiikkisivut/badding/index.htm
UZVA : composed prog
VÄRTTINA : most popular at first female choir based folk group (in Karelian tradition) then they became a well produced folkrock band
My review of their latest releases you can find on the next review page.
VILDDAS : ethno fusion group with Finnish/English page at www.vilddas.net
English review at http://www.folkworld.de/18/e/cds1.html#vild
My own review you can find at the next new Finnish music review page.
HEIKKI "HAKKA" VIRTANEN (Tasavallan Presidentti ): at the next link.
VELLTO VIRTANEN
PEPE WILBERG (Jormas) : at http://www.saunalahti.fi/~oystila/raimo/pepe/
WIGWAM : most known fusion poprock classic
http://www.gepr.net/w.html#WIGWAM
WIMME : trad. Sami singing combined with electronic sounds
WORLD MANKERI ORCHESTRA :
at http://www.vip.fi/primus/twmo.html
XL: according to them they are a progressive ethnic/jazz/rock/avant-garde fusion group but I consider them as indie pop at http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/~latvis/yhtyeet/XL/index.html
ZETABOO : according to them prog fusion group but in my opinion alt.pop (some say ethnic jazz) at http://www.musicfinland.com/zetaboo/
22-PISTEPIRKKO : with sound files at http://www.22-pistepirkko.net/


WHERE CAN I FIND FINNISH MUSIC ?

Finnish CD's & collector at http://www.popangel.fi/ and http://www.stupido.fi/
Finnish "prog"(folk,..) label http://www.fonal.com/fonal.html
or at http://www.fonal.com/sirkkeli.html
Love Music (reissues label) at http://www.lovemusic.fi/
Vinyl from Finland at http://personal.inet.fi/musiikki/timo.paakko/timo.html
Good quality Finnish music (mostly folk) at http://www.digelius.com/finland.htm
with also Sami land music for sale at http://www.digelius.com/sami.htm
Eino label contact at vesa.kaartinen@viesti2.pp.fi
Rockadillo Records http://www.rockadillo.fi/
Wolfgang Records : http://www.wolfgangrecords.com/
Finnish music distr. at http://www.musicfinland.com/index.html
On line Shop with Finnish section at "Uudet suomalaiset cd:t" : www.blackandwhite.fi
Distributor for the US ("North Side") contact at chill@noside.com

VERY SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS DISCOGRAPHY  (1969 -2001) :

Lakseuma.R. Alamaailman Vasarat :Vasaraasia (2001) ****
Finnlevy Kalevala : People No Names (1972) ****'
Love Records Piirpauke 2 (1976) ***
Love Rec.      Tolonen : Tolonen ! (1971) ***
Love Rec.      Wigwam : Fairyport (1971) ***
Love Rec.      Pekka Pohjola : Pihkasilmä Kaamakorva (1972) **°




















These LP's are being played and reviewed in my radio program. Radio Program playlists are linked as text files. Playlist part 1 is new psychedelic music, part 2 is folk music, part 3 is progressive music from the seventies.

If you think
some names or links listed are not appropriate,
or should be listed here too :
please E-mail me

at page 2&3 you can find
some reviews of Finnish Progressive music items
at page 4&5 you can find
some reviews of Finnish Folk music items
at page 6 you find
reviews of experimental folk items

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page updated 2005-03-13

Alamaailman Vasarat
Kalevala : People No Names
tolonen!
Wigwam Fairyprort front cover
Wigwam Fairyport back cover
Pekka Pohjola : Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva
While in Finland, a huge country with not so many people, but many lakes and lots of nature with still all the natural energies and totem animals there, lots of people are going to travel into that nature more often. This homeland of wolfs, bears, the lynx, dears is so beautiful it  seems that this is the safest and quietest place on earth. In the North of the country the sun comes up and goes down again, but never goes under.
Beautiful architectural buildings can be seen everywhere. Much attention to harmony with nature is expressed in that too.
Some of the shamans came originally from Mongolia. Many things, like even the language, -one of the oldest in the world (,and also one of the most difficult ones, grammatically,) is related with those origins. This language is also related to a huge musical tradition. This ancient language hides magical harmonies. The Kalevala, one of the oldest books, tells stories and songs from old times. Vikings came from Scandinavia with no doubt. The most magical origins of them, of living according to nature's laws can still be found in Finnish sources.
People still like music very much. The Sibelius Academy is extremely important for it. There's mostly tradionally based folk music, fusion and classical music interest. From contempory classical music I can recommend Rautavaara who made extremely good music (which he also combined with some electronica).
Since the seventies a few progressive music groups came to live like Wigwam (one of the first Finnish rock groups to get a contract with Virgin to get internationally known), Kalevala, Tasavallan Presidentti, Piirpauke, Pekka Pohjola, Jukka Tolonen,..to name some important ones (-,most of thosehaveh lots of jazz fusion rock approach-).
From 80's to early 2000 most important Finnish groups contain still have this origin of folk music. Folk became enriched in a very spontaneous way and became a bit more progressive during the last twenty years. Some chamber music was combined here too. The rich vocal music tradition enriched the folk music mostly into more acoustic traditional roots. Most of the music groups have had a very good education in music including classical music and Scandinavian folk. This can be heard clearly. The classical music foundations are completely different in temperament than in Italy for instance, where people have been more often trained in classical music too.
In comparing with other Scandinavian countries Norway in progressive music showed more dark areas in music, Sweden in comparrisment has the richest progressive music tradition, while in Finland the importance of folk, (jazz) fusion and classical tradition took more lead. In Scandinavia all countries experienced freedom longer than in Europe, while not being involved as much in World War. This is an influence which mostly makes their music without to much inner struggle and inconvenience or risk in comparing with progressive music from some other countries.
Here are some of the most important progressive music groups listed with a small description (folk is also included if not traditional, but when with some distance toward it and more attention to  originality). Important links for Finnish music are added too. If you think there are errors or important data missing, please E-mail me. On the second page some reviews of progressive music is being reviewed.
PROGRESSIVE MUSIC IN FINLAND :