Finnish band, playing a variety of Finnish folk and folk-inspired music. Their music consists mainly of several female voice parts, as well as accordian, kantele, bass, wind and percussion.

There have effectively been two incarnations of the band. The 'old' Värttinä formed in 1983 in the village of Rääkylä in Karelia, and ran until 1989. There were 21 members of the band; 15 girls singing, and playing kantele, and 6 male accompanists.

By 1990 many members had left to follow other interests, and 4 of the core group formed the 'new' Värttinä. They recruited some of the best Finnish instrumentalists to join them.

The line-up at the end of 2001 is:

Albums:

  • 1987 Värttinä (Värttinä, VÄLP871 -vinyl, VÄKS871 cassette)
  • 1989 Musta Lindu (Olarin Musiikki - OMLP 22, OMK 22, OMCD 22)
  • 1991 Oi Dai (Sonet - Spirit - SPIRITLP 4, SPIRITCA 4, SPIRITCD 4, Finland)
  • 1992 Seleniko (Polygram - Sonet, Spirit 517.467-1/2/4, Finland)
  • 2000 Ilmatar (BMG - Wicklow 09026-63678-2, Europe)
  • 2001 6.12 (BMG Finland 74321 881802) (Live recording)
Overseas & Re-releases:
  • 1992 Värttinä (Mipu Music, MIPUCD103, Finland) (re-release)
  • 1993 Seleniko (Music & Words, MWCD 4003, Netherlands) (Benelux release)
  • 1993 Seleniko (Green Linnet - Xenophile, GLCD/GLK 4006, USA) (US release)
  • 1994 Oi Dai (Green Linnet - Xenophile, GLCD/GLK 4014 USA) (US release)
  • 1994 Aitara (Mipu Music - MIPUCD/MC 302, Finland)
  • 1996 Kokko (Warner-Nonesuch 7559-79429-2)
  • 1995 Aitara (Green Linnet - Xenophile XENO/XENOC 4026, USA) (US release)
  • 1995 Aitara (Music & Words, MWCD 4008, Netherlands) (Benelux release)
  • 1995 Aitara (King Records, KICP 475, Japan) (Japan release)
  • 1997 Värttinä - The First Album (Warner - Finlandia Innovator Series, 0630-18062-2, Finland) (reissue)
  • 1997 Värttinä (Warner Japan, WPCR-5558, Japan) (reissue)
  • 1998 Black Bird (Warner - Finlandia Innovators, 3984-23229,Finland) (reissue of Musta Lindu)
  • 1998 Seleniko (NorthSide, NSD6022, USA) (US re-release)
  • 1998 Vihma (BMG - Wicklow 09026 63262 2, USA)
  • 1998 Vihma (BMG Japan - Wicklow, BVCF-31002, Japan)
  • 2000 Ilmatar (BMG-Japan - Wicklow, BVCF-31059, Japan)
  • 2001 Ilmatar (MCD World Music, MCD093, Brazil)
  • 2001 Ilmatar (NorthSide, NSD6054, USA)
  • 2001 Ilmatar (Resistencia, RESCD114, Spain)
  • 2001 Ilmatar (Intuition, INT 3307-2, Germany)
  • 2001 Ilmatar (Frea, MWCD 4033, Benelux)
  • 2001 Ilmatar (BMG Finland, 74321 881792) (re-release)


Source:
www.varttina.com

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