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by Freshet

A Finnish-American quartet combining Petri Hakala and Tapani Varis on mandolin and bass with John Miller and Ruthie Dornfeld on guitar and violin to bring you a rousing program joining traditional and original tunes.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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1. Homenaje a mi Pueblo
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2. Cranberry Hill
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3. Orpolasten Polska
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4. East End
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5. A Slip of Blue
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6. Hannuland
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7. Halki Kirkkomaan
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8. Purple Sea
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9. Oikotie
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10. Plowboy
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11. Luz
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12. A Labyrinth
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13. Raita
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14. Fancy Squirrel/The Plover
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Freshet is a Finnish-American collaboration, the result of an idea that occurred simultaneously to Petri Hakala and Ruthie Dornfeld one fine spring day in 2001. While Petri was on tour in Seattle with the Helsinki Mandoliners, their paths crossed for the umpteenth time and it struck them both that it would be a very good idea to play together. So, they invited Finnish bassist Tapani Varis and American guitarist John Miller to the project, and through an international correspondence of music, tapes, CDs and mp3 files, put together a repertoire. It was an exciting moment when it all came to fruition a year later; we met in Helsinki, broke out our instruments, and played as a band for the very first time. After a wonderful two week tour we knew it couldn't end there. We met in Seattle the following year for another tour, adding some freshly written tunes to the repertoire. In the spring of 2004 we recorded this CD in Finland. Here's to cultural exchange! We hope you enjoy our music.


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It shouldn't really be a surprise that U.S. visits from Finland's folk luminaries would breed some cross pollenation with great traditional musicians in America. Still, this collaboration from two of Seattle's finest players, (Dornfeld and Miller) with one half of the Helsinki Mandoliners (Hakala and Varis) arrives as a truly wonderful, eye-opening gift. The quartet delivers exquisite playing in the Dawg tradition on 14 selections ranging from traditional Finnish to a Venezuelan waltz mixed with original instrumentals from each member, and a classic Alakotila composition (Troka, JPP, Aldargaz) to fill things out.
Dornfeld is a masterful fiddler; always assured and fluid; Miller is one of the most sought after oldtime/bluegrass guitarists around. Among his many credits, Hakala's always solid mandolin was at the front of the classic Finnish outfit Ottopasuuna's debut (also the first of the new Finnish recordings to be released in the U.S.). Varis' bass has supported a veritable who's who of Finland's folk players. Together they show an amazing sympatico. It's as if these players have been working together for years, not the casual few weeks of combined meetings they've had. The great news is that this is bound to make new fans for each of these great players. If you love fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass--if you love new acoustic music that draws heavily from a love of traditional tunes--this is the CD for you. Mark D. Moss