Enter the Plektronites!

Plektronite
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Mandolin trio Plektronite was founded in 1998. A Special kind of chemistry existed among the band members right from the beginning, it was as if they had always played together. This album is their first. It contains both groovy and festive Finnish folk music focusing on the bare essential: the natural swing and harmony of the melody lines.

There are some original compositions included, too, yet the boys also like to renew the tradition. Because of their love and respect for the tradition they revitalise it gently. If you get the chance, go check out their good-humoured live energy! It's catchy! Enter the Plektronites!
Code: 
PLEXI00001
Publisher: 
Publishing year: 
2003-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2003

 

1. Risumäki-beat

Comp. trad., arr. Juha-Matti Kurra, Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

These are old shepherd tunes played originally with birch bark horn. We approached them with a bit more contemporary groove.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandocello
Petri Prauda: mandolin
Jarmo Romppanen: mandolin

2. Anna and Wilhelmi

Comp. Juha-Matti Kurra, arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

Jussi composed this beautiful wedding waltz for his wedding.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

3. II ööpari / II mäläskä / I Tallarin polska

Comp. trad., arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

Three typical Finnish even polska tunes played by the famous fiddler Elias Tallari of Kuortane.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: mandolin
Jarmo Romppanen: mandolin

4. The better schottis of the pope of Puistola

Comp. Petri Prauda.

A gripping and swinging schottis by Petri.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

5. Harsus-Jussin polkka / Koukkulammin polkka

Comp. Jarmo Romppanen, arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

Two often played polkas from "Polka-Otto" Hotakainen of Halsua. Plektronite always likes to include a few standard tunes in the band's repertoire.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandolin

5. Maari's hambo

Comp. Jarmo Romppanen, arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

A very emotional slow polska from Jarmo, composed to his wife as a birthday present.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandolin

7. Masurkat 1282 & 1294

Comp. trad., arr. Juha-Matti Kurra, Jarmo Romppanen.

These mazurkas were originally played by Herman Sandsten and J. A. Sundström.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: mandolin
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

8. Polonaise from Lapinjärvi

Comp. trad., arr. Jarmo Romppanen.

A mighty polonaise played originally by Hans Johan Hansson of Lapinjärvi.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandocello
Petri Prauda: mandolin
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

9. Enter the Plektronites

Comp. Petri Prauda.

This march has that particular Old Dignified spirit to it and was played when the plektronites arrived behind the sauna.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: mandolin
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

10. The Kokemäki girls' hot waltzes

Comp. trad., arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

In this medley the Juhantalo grand-dad gets entangled in a hot waltz with the Kokemäki girls. Both these tunes originate from the repertoire of Kustaa Järvinen of Eura.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

11. The Iron Maiden's Polskas

Comp. trad., arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

Two minutes to midnight the circle of the polska dancers begun to close around the sinister iron coffin.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

12. The night of the Plektronites

Comp. trad., arr. Juha-Matti Kurra, Petri Prauda.

The night of the Plektronites is dark and wet.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandocello
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandola

13. So and so

Comp. Juha-Matti Kurra, arr. Petri Prauda, Jarmo Romppanen.

Two firm schottises from Etelälahti, Haapavesi. In the night of the plektronites, an encounter with an Etelälahti rascal would most probably leave you with some vivid memories.

Juha-Matti Kurra: mandolin
Petri Prauda: cittern
Jarmo Romppanen: mandolin