Two Ethnogala triumphs to Saura Booking Agency artists

Tuuletar Etnogaala 2019

Tuuletar – Border Breaking Act of the Year 

The export award goes to an act that has aroused interest in the international music field and demonstrated export-readiness and was awarded by Music Finland.

The female a cappella quartet were chosen for the quality and originality of their music. They are drawing on Finnish traditions in a new and innovative way, but they were also selected because they are absolutely export ready. Indeed they’ve already performed in many countries in Europe (including Germany, Hungary and the UK) and as far as India and Japan. They’ve also had their song ‘Alku’ used in the fantasy TV megahit, Game of Thrones. Their management team and record label, Bafe’s Factory, are very active and effective in promoting their music. Tuuletar are a young band with great potential and we hope the Ethnogala’s Border Breaking award will help spread their name internationally.

Solju – Folk Music Creator of the Year

The Folk Music Creator of the Year is a Finnish composer or lyricist who has raised the bar for folk music through multi-faceted, ambitious work. The prize was awarded by Finnish Music Creators.

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New signings at Saura Booking Agency

Áššu – indigenous Sámi yoik with strings and percussion
Ulla Pirttijärvi: (FI): Traditional yoik
Olav Torget (NO): Baryton guitar, oilcan guitar, african konting
Harald Skullerud (NO): Percussion, calimba, calabas, harmonium
Debut album Áššu (Embers) out in March 2019 by Bafe’s Factory

Päivi Hirvonen – fiddler with the voice
Päivi Hirvonen: vocals, fiddle, bowed lyre
Debut solo album Alku / The Beginning (Nordic Notes), nominated for Emma – Ethno Album of the Year 2018

VILDÁ – yoik & accordeon by the new generation
Hildá Länsman  – vocals, frame drum
Viivi Maria Saarenkylä  – accordion, live effects
Debut album out in March 2019 by Bafe’s Factory



Saura Booking Agency

Saura Booking Agency at Music Industry Conventions in Autumn/Winter 2018-19:

Feb 13th – 17th Folk Alliance International, Montréal, Canada
Nov 8th – 11th  Folkelarm, Oslo, Norway
Oct 23rd – 28th Womex, Las Palmas, Spain
Oct 4th – 5th Music & Media, Tampere, Finland

Saura Booking Agency focuses on urban folk and world music that combines modern and contemporary elements to traditional roots. Bands represented internationally by Saura Booking Agency include

Maija Kauhanen
Okra Playground
Suden aika
Päivi Hirvonen
Vilma Timonen Quartet

Saura Booking Agency also runs a monthly live music Club Iholla and new Juuri Nyt Urban Folk Festival in Helsinki.

Saura Booking Agency Playlist at Deezer

Urban folk, pop, jazz, world, ethno, electro folk, vocal, a cappella. Tuuletar, Maija Kauhanen, Päivi Hirvonen, Okra Playground, Solju, Vilma Timonen Quartet, Philomela, Aino Elina, Tapani Rinne & Teho Majamäki, Suden Aika, Alma Sipilä, Tuomas Rounakari, Teho Majamäki Travelogue, Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää and many more.

Saura Booking Agency at Music Industry Conventions

Folk Alliance International, Montréal, Canada 2019
Folkelarm, Oslo, Norway 2018, 2015
Womex 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Trade Mission New York, USA 2018
Music & Media, Tampere, Finland 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
Arctic Paradise, Helsinki, Finland 2018, 2016
Finest Sounds, Tokyo, Japan 2018
Folk Alliance International Exchange, Sweden 2018
Tallinn Music Week, Estonia 2018
JazzAhead 2017, 2016
Without Borders, Baltsik, Bulgaria 2017
Folk i Världen, Helsingborg, Sweden 2017
Hilmarfestivalen, Norway 2016
Mars, Seinäjoki, Finland 2016