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Varttina: Vihma

The dynamic and globally popular Finnish group Varttina has been through many changes over the years, but the mission is essentially the same-to give hoary Finnish folk traditions a contemporary spin without losing sight of roots. For album number seven, Vihma (Wicklow 63262; 47:11), the group returns on a new label founded by members of the Chieftans contingent. And, as before, the Celtic connection is not far off, with harmonies and rhythms that are Scandinavian, generally, but part of the extended family of northern European musics.

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