Jan. 21st, 2007 12:27 pm
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Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] gaiaturtle and I went to see Värttinä** at the Somerville theater. It was an absolutely amazing show. The three singers created great harmonizes and counter points, while moving about and having good stage presence. The 6 musicians (primarily drums, guitar, electric cello, saxophone, fiddle, and accordian) were wonderful and had a great interactive dynamic with the singers as they sang, twirled, etc.

I had been a huge fan of Värttinä about 8 years ago, but had lost track of them as time passed, and other musical distractions intruded. I really had no idea they ever toured the US until I saw the sign advertising this show. I'm wicked glad I did.

The concert with its haunting melodies reminded me of why I was utterly obsessed with this band. I picked up their newest CD and I'm going to dig out their older CDs from my collection. I also updated my iPod so the most recent album is now on it. ;)

The concert reminded me of something else as well; simply how much I love live music. There's nothing quite like a good fiddle tune, or an audience singing and moving along to a beat. I've missed going to shows. I haven't gone to as many since I moved out of the valley (aka Folk Music Central).

One of the best shows/festivals I used to go to each year is the Falconridge Folk Festival. It's 3-4 days of good folk music, dancing, 2-3 musical stages, and camping (this last part is optional). I decided last night that I really want to go again this year. I'd love to get a group together to go and camp. If you're interested, drop me a line. It's ages out (end of July) but I figured I'd put the idea out to the universe. (and yes I know it's near the start of Pennsic, with the date shift this year).

**If you're wondering about Värttinä's music, it's modernized Finish folk music sung in one of the Finnish dialects. If you're big LOTR/musical fans, you may have heard of them more recently because Värttinä was invited to compose some of the music for the The Lord of the Rings musical. They're a great band, and I highly recommend checking them out. I also think they make great background soundtrack music and could see using bits of their stuff in larps and the like.


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