Jarmo Romppanen is one of the few mandolin players from Finland. For more than 25 years Jarmo has played the traditional folk music od his country, classical music and Brazilian Choro music. He has published several CDs as a soloist and with his group Nordic Choro. Jarmo is playing a 10 string mandolin. His new CD is titled Nordic Mandolin and is dedicated to the folk music of the nordic countries.
From his media release: Jarmo Romppanen is a mandolin player, a composer and a free lance musician from Finland, which is one of the Nordic countries in Northern Europe. These countries share certain folk music and dance traditions with each other.
Romppanen has released his third solo album called Nordic Mandolin…the album is full of fresh, airy and compelling music…the music is based on Nordic fiddle tunes and on traditional dance music; polska, schottische, polka, mazurka, waltz…the groovy songs are performed with a contemporary style of mandolin playing!
This album is the result of 25 years experience and intensive studying of mandolin playing and Nordic folk music.
Jarmo has recorded most tunes alone playing several tracks together – this creates the sound of a mandolin trio or mandolin quartet. The clear and bright sound of this recording reminds me to the recordings of the Melonious Quartet with Patrick Vaillant (France) or the recordings by Simon Mayor (UK). Some tracks do even sound like medieval music.
Jarmo Romppanen presents Nordic Mandolin
Jarmo Romppanen: Nordic Mandolin (ZBR03)
1. Gustaf (trad./Romppanen)
2. Viberg valsen (trad.)
3. Linnoitus (Romppanen)
4. Pyttis och Verlander (trad.)
5. Garvarens vals (trad.)
6. Renlund och MyRe (trad./Romppanen)
7. Långt borta (Romppanen)
8. Bromarv mazurkan (trad.)
9. Raseborg menuetten (trad.)
10. Mattby (trad.)
11. Borgå-Helsinge (trad.)
12. Pyttis (DJ Emil Remix) (trad.)
The first track of the CD Gustaf is available as split screen youtube video. You can watch Jarmo play the differnent tracks of his recording in four different screens.
Jarmo Romppanen: Gustaf (Romppanen/trad.)
In the track 11 “Borgå-Helsinge” Jarmo is playing an overtone flute. You can see Jarmo and his overtone flute in the following video:
Nordic Mandolin is available for streaming and loading on the most well-known digital platforms.
Buy Nordic Mandolin (Amazon partner link)
Celtic Connections is one of the biggest festival for Celtic Music. This year more than 2000 artists took part in the festival from 21 Jan – 5 Feb 2017
Many of my favorite artists and bands were part of the festival:
- Kathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
- Derek Gripper
- Tommy Emmanuel
- Maro O’Connor with his Family Band
- Jayme Stone
- Sarah Jarosz
- Hamilton de Holanda
- Laura Marling
- Julie Fowlis
- Eliza Carthy
- Wildwood Kin
- Mike Compton
And I had the chance to find some gret new bands that I did not know before:
- Slododan Trkulja and Balkanopolis
- Atlantic Arc Orchestra
- Karan Casey Band
- Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan
I have collected videos from the Celtic Connections 2017 in the following playlist. Enjoy!
Playlist Celtic Connections 2017
Website Celtic Connections
BBC Celtic Connections – Audio and video performances from the BBC at Celtic Connections
Celtic Connections – Program overview (folkradio.co.uk)
Link collection Celtic Connections