JUURAKKO offers a delightful combination of Finnish and Afro-American roots music with vivid storytelling and rakish skiffle spirit. Highly skilled a cappella blues singing in Finnish is combined with many exotic instruments like the kantele, the harmonium, the bowed lyre, the cigar box guitar, a coffee mug and a suitcase. The music of Juurakko invites you to a waltz with an old sailor, takes you to an island of unwanted people and brings earthy echoes from the Deep South.
Juurakko was founded in 2011, and since then the group has made music together for nine winters, released three albums and toured festivals in Finland as well as abroad. They have been acknowledged for creating their own style of music and for their radiant positive energy on stage.
Juurakko’s third album, Yhdeksäs talvi – The Ninth Winter, is the best kind of medicine for the season of grey and cold. The record is built around the theme of winter, polar nights, mulled wine and the warmth of the fireplace, sleet, slush and twilight time. The album release was celebrated in Helsinki in December 2019.
“Un superbe univers musical.” (Musicologie.org, concert review, Festival Les Traversées Tatihou 2019)
“Unbelievably strong! Professional, funny, delightful.” (audience feedback, Humlefestival 2018)
“Juurakko well done! Your show was the most empowering, unifying and soul-stirring performance of the whole festival!” (audience feedback, Kihaus Folk 2016)
Laura Kaartinen – laulu, matkaharmoni, lyömäsoittimet
Eija Kankaanranta – kanteleet
Kaisa Saarikorpi – laulu, sikarilaatikkosoittimet, kitarat, lyömäsoittimet
Minsku Tammela – laulu, jouhikko, kampa, munniharppu, lyömäsoittimet
Anna Wiksten – laulu, plankku, lyömäsoittimet