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International Finnish Band in Concert - Vellamo


Sun 18 Jan 2015, 1:00pm–3:30pm

Where: Wrights Vineyard & Winery, 1093 Wharerata Road, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

We have international folk duo 'Vellamo' in concerbt at our cellar door this weekend Sunday 18th January from 1pm. There is no need to travel 17074 km's to hear these guys, they are on an international tour and we have them playing at our cellar door this weekend. These guys combine the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with an appealing “retro” sensibility (recalling the likes of Judy Collins or Richard and Mimi Fariña), creating an exotic and magical acoustic experience. We are excited to bring this to you, we look forward to seeing as many Gizzy's as possible, cost $5 for adults, children free.

Bookings email, or call 862 8746.

Pia Leinonen, originally from the arctic region of Lapland, is Vellamo’s lead singer. Her exquisite voice combines her love and vast knowledge of Finnish folk music with the western singer–songwriter tradition in a unique and beautiful way. Her moving and evocative stylings have been compared to those of other story-centric performers such as Joan Baez and Marlene Dietrich.

Joni Tiala, originally from the Finnish port of Kokkola, began playing guitar at the age of 11. He is now a master of several stringed instruments. His eclectic musical background includes writing and performing for theater, progressive and alternative rock and Finnish and western folk. In addition to his work in Vellamo, Joni is an accomplished theater and session musician, and is founding member of the renowned Finnish progressive rock band, Moonwagon.

"There’s so much to like about Vellamo’s music, which has a strong, and intensely appealing, retro feel – kinda Trader Horne/first-album Fairport, maybe more than a hint of the Fariñas, with a touch of early-electric-Dylan/McGuinn jangle, get the picture? ” - David Kidman/ FATEA Magazine (UK).