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Juurakko serves 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 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 selected as the Artist of the Year at the Finnish Ethnogala 2020.

Laura Kaartinen

vocals,
harmonium,
percussion

Minsku Tammela

vocals,
bowed lyre,
comb,
Jew’s harp,
percussion

Anna Wiksten

vocals,
plankku,
percussion

Eija Kankaanranta

kantele

Kaisa Saarikorpi

vocals,
cigar box instruments,
guitars,
percussion

Laura Kaartinen

vocals, harmonium, percussion

Minsku Tammela

vocals, bowed lyre, comb, Jew’s harp, percussion

Anna Wiksten

vocals, plankku, percussion

Eija Kankaanranta

kanteleet

Kaisa Saarikorpi

vocals, cigar box instruments, guitars, percussion

”Juurakko combines blues and folk music irresistibly.”
Mari Koppinen

Helsingin Sanomat

”You can’t make a music album much better than this.”
Mikko H. Haapoja

Kansanmusiikki

”It simply sounds like a burst of joy.”
Tove Djupsjöbacka

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