ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

TalkingGigs: Värttinä

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 19:30
The HUBS (Sheffield Hallam Student's Union), 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2QQ

TalkingGigs is a brand new live experience which gives you the chance to hear top artists from the UK and around the world, in intimate venues, play and talk about their music, instruments, culture, countries … and to ask questions about whatever aspects of the music interests you. Each of the TalkingGigs raises money for ASSIST.

The Värttinä trio feature original vocalist Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho and Karolina Kantelinen who will be singing acapella or accompanying themselves on accordion and kanteles (a traditional Finnish and Karelian plucked stringed instrument similar to a zither) … the perfect way to hear the group’s return to their roots.

Blending ancient Finnish runo poetry, distinctive vocal harmonies, traditional and modern acoustic instrumentation, complex rhythms and imaginative arrangements, the band have forged their own path in contemporary music. On recordings and in concert the singers’ voices and unique harmonies are the main attraction. Their style is their own, born of their own collective creative energy but with deep roots in the women’s singing tradition of Finno-Urgic tribes of the east, including Karelia, Setu, Mari Republic, Ingria Mordva and others. One key feature of these styles is extremely close harmonies, so close that they often seem strange to western ears.

For more information, or to buy tickets, go to TalkingGigs