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There’s nothing like the sound of multiple, driving fiddles, and Finland’s JPP serves up four. Lesser known by their full name, Järvelän pikkupelimannit (“Little Folk Musicians of Järvelä”), JPP has built a reputation as Finland’s finest string dance band and the backbone of the new Finnish folk revival.
The group formed in 1982 in the fiddling capital of Finland (and perhaps the world), Kaustinen. Born from the fiddling tradition of the Järvelä family, in Järvelä village in Kaustinen, JPP’s musical roots go back to the 19th century.
This is pure folk fiddling: four small bows, a double bass and a harmonium (an instrument popular in Finnish dance bands) playing traditional styles from all over Finland, and incorporating outside influences as well, especially Swedish and Celtic.