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by Sväng

A refreshing and uplifting new phenomenon in the genre of harmonica bands. The use of harmonica for Finnish folk music has got a totally new direction with sound of SVäNG.
Genre: World: Eastern European
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1. Jampparaleele
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2. Kaipaustango
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3. Saaren erakko
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4. Kurjet
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5. Moara
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6. Tyyskä
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7. Po Muromskoj Doroshkje
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8. Sandy boys and Hangman's reel
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9. Lelita loanna
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10. Om inte du vill
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11. Sateen tango
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12. Svängtime rag
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Album Notes
The harmonica has been important instrument for Finnish folk players since 1850´s. Besides traditional Finnish harmonica style SVäNG takes influences of music from all around the world: The unique sounding quartet plays Finnish tango and folk music, but takes also influences of groovy Balkan-style, Swedish hambo as well as old time -fiddle dance tunes or rag time. Big part of the repertuar is original works by the band members.

The combining element in this unique mixture of styles is the original groove created by the rare chord harmonica Harmonetta and the ultimate low bass harmonica. On the swinging groove the two virtuoso soloists create rich melodies with their diatonic and chromatic harmonicas with a strong, improvising attitude and joy of playing!

The aim of SVäNG is to give a new life to the extraordinary sound of harmonica band with music that has not been played on this kind of band before. The debut cd of SVäNG has succesfully captured the fascinating feel of their energetic live performances.


Eero Turkka chromatic and diatonic harmonicas
Eero T. started Sväng together with his former teacher Jouko Kyhälä. Eero has composed major part of SVäNG repertuar. Besides harmonica he plays several other ethnic instruments and sings in multiple bands.

Eero Grundström chromatic and diatonic harmonicas
Eero G. is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser wizard. He is the most well known experimental harmonium player in Finland.

Jouko Kyhälä chord harmonica Harmonetta, chromatic and diatonic harmonicas
Jouko is a teacher of harmonica, improvisation, band work etc. at the Sibelius Academy folk music department. At the moment he is making his doctoral studies of harmonica for the Sibelius Academy music university. In a couple of years he will become the first doctor of harmonica in Finland, maybe even Europe. Jouko appears as a musician and composer in several bands and on over 15 cd´s of different groups.

Pasi Leino bass harmonica
Pasi is the grand old man of Finnish bass harmonica players. He used to play in the famous Raimo Sirkiä harmonica quartet in 1980´s and early 90´s. The group won the European championship of harmonica bands in Trossingen, Germany.


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Mr. C

Absolutely Fantastic Stuff!
Svang's supreme understanding of music is shown brilliantly on this CD. Their manipulation of scales and rhythm to produce a true harmonic sound is flawless. The most talented and enternaining thing i've heard in a while.

Wendy Nelson

unique, powerful sound, great variety
The Finnish quartet SVANG's music will satisfy any harmaniac's dream. They include European folk music as well as their unique interpretations of American tunes. Fast, slow, bouncy, dreamlike - it's all here & you don't have to speak Finnish to enjoy.

Wendy Nelson

unique, powerful sound, great variety
The Finnish quartet SVANG's music will satisfy any harmaniac's dream. They include European folk music as well as their unique interpretations of American tunes. Fast, slow, bouncy, dreamlike - it's all here & you don't have to speak Finnish to enjoy.

Roel Visser

Made me feel happy.
This CD came as a surprise. Wonderful colors in sounds and harmonies. It made me feel very happy. Slightly to much orientated towards middle of the road tunes (for everyones taste) but in the end sounds and music gives a smile on many faces. The balkan/folk tunes are the best.

Mats Qwarfordt

Sväng Rules!!!
Sväng shows the world that the harp is no longer a toy. These guys handle the instrument whith perfection and utilize all the quality you can squeeze out of it. The songs (mostly their own stuff) are played with a big heart and you can tell that Sväng had fun recording. You don´t have to be a harmonica-freak to enjoj this CD.
Everybody needs to own their own copy of Sväng!!!

CD Baby

Suddenly the harmonica just became the greatest instrument in the history of folk music. This is one of those albums that you just have to hear to grasp- but if you need some encouragement to click on that button, this harmonica band plays high-octane works drawing from Swedish hambo, old-time fiddle music and rags- and even more impressive, zesty traditional Balkan folk with all the virtuosity and embellishment you would hear in a standard ensemble. Absolutely packed with energy, overflowing with zest and fire, this group really means what they play- and with much of the album being original pieces composed by the band members, there is no shortage of innovation. An entertaining kick in the pants for all.


Boogie the Finnish folk way
Nice arrangements all harmonica. A whole heap of hearty healthy harp here.Wonderful stuff