Samuelin Poloneesi & Vinterstämma 16.-18.3.2018 eng

Folk music in Helsinki

16.3. FRIDAY

at 19 Folk music evening of Uusimaa region
Performers: Spelarit, Sibbo Spelmanslag, Töölön viuluklubi, Sakarat Laulupelimannit ja Harpolekarna.
Location: Balder house’s hall, 3rd floor, Aleksanterinkatu 12, Helsinki.
Tickets in advance 11,50€ + delivery fee

at 21 Poloneesi club
Location: Restaurant Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniementie 6, Helsinki.
Free entry. Cloakroom fee 2,5 €


at 10-13 Folkmusic to the center of Helsinki
Folk musicians spread around the center of Helsinki to play and sing.
Service centres, Kamppi, Kamppi Chapel, Villa Hakasalmi, Kluuvi, Old Market Hall and Bulevardi café salon.



at 11.30-12.30 Samuelin Poloneesin & Vinterstämman children’s concert: Orffit. Also children groups’ performings.

The Orffit children’s orchestra has been playing its wondrously diverse music for over 20 years, and it still consists of the same terrific trio: Kimmo Ojala (vocals and guitars), Matti Pollari (saxophones, accordion, tin whistle and vocals) and Hannu Sepponen (vocals and percussion).

Location: Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16, Helsinki. Free entry.

at 11.30 Gold, silver and bronze – Folk music badge tests.
Location: House of Nobility (Ritarihuone), 2nd floor, Ritarikatu 1, Helsinki

at 12-13 and 17-19 and during intermissions. Lobby concerts.
Location: House of Nobility (Ritarihuone), 2nd floor, Ritarikatu 1, Helsinki

at 13 Folk Musician Parade – Folk music groups from different areas of Finland in their main performance. Performers: Östra Nylands Spelmansgille, Espoon pelimannit, Vantaan kansanpelimannit, Kirkkonummen pelimannit, Kamulinjan pelimannit, Hannu Seppänen, Suomen sahansoittajat, Pohjola Project, Hiiden pelimannit, Helsingin pelimannit, Balalaikkaorkesteri Kalinka, Å, Mielen maisemat, Aimo Ruisniemi, Rykäys, Vokki, Tykkifeili, Pirkanmaan maakuntapelimannit, Cu3, Sakalaiskat, Usko Välimäen perheyhtye, Kaustisen pelimannit, Miukeli, Beepa ja Ylä-Savon Pelimannit.
Tickets in advance 11,50/6,50 € + delivery fee
Location: House of Nobility (Ritarihuone), 2nd floor, Ritarikatu 1, Helsinki

at 19 Orivesi All Stars, Désirée Saarela & Triskel, Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly -76

Orivesi All Stars
Orivesi All Stars is the Biggers Folk Music Collective in Finland. It has been playing folk music since 2011. The main goal for the collective is playing folk music together with good spirit! Orivesi All Stars is a folk music collective that anybody can join whatever level, country and age of the player.

Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly -76


Désirée Saarela & Triskel

Désirée Saarela & Triskel

Désirée Saarela & Triskel
Désirée Saarela & Désirée Saarela & Triskel music combines today’s singer-songwriter tradition to strong folk music interpretation. The ensemble’s singer-songwriter-spirited music is timeless and full of heart and charm of story-telling.

Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly -76
Anne-Mari Kivimäki is a freelance musician, composer and songwriter. She has founded ensembles around the Russian Notka accordion and developed her own style to play it: A contemporary Karelian accordion trance. Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly -76 plays music from Karelia’s dance areas. The ensemble interprets music from Kivimäki’s new album which will be released during the spring 2018.

Anne-Mari Notka accordion, vocals
Pekko Käppi jouhikko, drum, vocals
Ville Rauhala double bass, vocals
Pauliina Saarman sound engineer

Tickets in advance 18/12 € + delivery fee
Location: House of Nobility (Ritarihuone), 2nd floor, Ritarikatu 1, Helsinki

at 21 Poloneesi club
Location: Restaurant Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniementie 6, Helsinki.
Free entry. Cloakroom fee 2,5 €

18.3. SUNDAY

at 10 Folk Song Church
Location: Helsinki Old Church, Lönnrotinkatu 6, Helsinki

at 11-12.45 Lobby concerts
Location: Savoy Theatre’s lobby, Kasarmikatu 46, Helsinki

at 13 Samuelin Poloneesi & Vinterstämma Main Concert – Finnish Folk Music Association 50 years
Performers: Pinnin pojat,, Maija Kauhanen, Halsbrytarna, Heikki Lahti & Komia, oltermannis and young folk musicians, folk dance group Kuohu, the national Joint Performance of Folk Musicians, Vuoden nuori pelimanni etc.

Pinnin pojat

Pinnin Pojat (photo by Joonas Heikkilä)

Pinnin Pojat
Arto Järvelä (1964, Hattula) and Kimmo Pohjonen (1964, Viiala) has played together already two decades carrying the brightest lantern of the folk music of Häme. The duo has charmed in their performances all the from Islamabad to Jumesniemi. These happy fellows combine skillful playing and serious humorous singing. Pinnin Pojat is surely the most emotional duo of Häme. (photo by Leif Rosas) is a modern-day troubadour duo by Aapo Niininen and Kimmo Numminen. Their programme comes directly from the mouths of the people: the forum. The lyrics of their songs are collected from this popular online discussion forum and composed into songs by the duo to create a suitable atmosphere. gives the online masses a beautiful voice. Accompanied by the sweet tunes of the duo, the comments made on the baby forum can be seen in a completely new light.

Maija Kauhanen

Maija Kauhanen (photo by Antti Kokkola)

Maija Kauhanen
A powerfully expressive voice, deep-rooted kantele and inventive percussion: fleet-fingered virtuoso and one-woman band Maija Kauhanen specializes in Finnish Saarijärvi kantele and the old and rare technique of playing kantele using a tiny wooden stick as a plectrum. Weaving this together with poly-rhythms and organic beats, she creates unique soundscapes and compelling grooves.


(photo by Timo Hukkanen)

Halsbrytarna’s repertoire’s 95 percent consists of music you can dance to. They plays schottis, mazurka, polka, waltz, hambo, snoa, polska and also all other forms of folk music. The repertoire is predominantly Nordic. Of course they naturally play Finnish-Swedish songs, but also songs from several other European countries.

Heikki Lahti & Komia

Heikki Lahti & Komia (photo by Lauri Ono)

Heikki Lahti & Komia
Having been given the honorary title of a master fiddler as early as in 1991, Heikki Lahti is a legend in Finnish folk music, whose long-running work within folk music and especially within playing the mandolin has caused a sort of a renaissance of popularity of the mandolin among folk musicians. Heikki Lahti & Komia plays folk music songs which represent several moods. The band is especially fond of the tunes of Otto Hotakainen, Wijami Niittykoski and Konsta Jylhä. The band plays also traditional Finnish folk tunes.

Heikki Lahti – mandolin
Katja Lampinen – accordion
Tony Uusitalo – double bass
Mauno Järvelä – violin
Ilkka Salo – violin
Arto Salo – violin

Location: Savoy Theatre, Kasarmikatu 46, Helsinki
Tickets in advance: Lippupiste 17/12 € + delivery fee

NOTE! The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the festival program.

More information: Janne Ojajärvi,, 044 738 1933

Samuelin Poloneesi & Vinterstämma in Facebook

puh. 0600 900 900 (1,98 €/min+pvm).

In cooperation:

Uudenmaan kansanmusiikkiyhdlogo pieni

Finlands svenska spelmansförbund