Pagan spirits still slumber in the depths of the Finnish forests – Pauanne has set out to awaken them. The trio’s archive research has unearthed a wealth of songs from the long-lost, non-Christian tradition of Finnish folk music; stories of spells and curses, the dreams of a shepherd, 17th-century witch hunts and magical iron fences that repel invaders. Violinist Kukka Lehto and Tero Pennanen on hammond organ and keyboards collect, arrange and further compose the repertoire while percussionist Janne Haavisto provides the rhythmic enhancement.
Pauanne is fascinated by the “outrageous beliefs” of the past and its endemic prejudices, paranoia, fear of foreigners and persecution of women. In their songs and videos they show that these traits are still very much alive, just dressed in modern clothes.
The debut album Pauanne was released in 2019 by Nordic Notes (DE).
Kukka Lehto – violin, keyboards, archive tapes
Tero Pennanen – hammond B3 -organ, keyboards, archive tapes
Janne Haavisto – drums, percussions, archive tapes
Touring Highlights 2020-21
WOMAD Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Haapavesi Folk Music Festival, Finland
Stallet, Stockholm, Sweden
Palladium, Malmö, Sweden
G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
WOMEX The World Music Expo, Tampere, Finland
Tekniikan museo, Helsinki, Finland
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