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Frigg

Helsinki, Central Finland, Finland | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | INDIE

Helsinki, Central Finland, Finland | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2001
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"Fiona Talkington"

"There aren't many bands who can better a perfect album, but Frigg has done it with Polka V. Their playing is as exquisite as always and there’s a greater depth of invention, fun and beauty than ever. Frigg has done it again!" - BBC Radio 3 Late Junction


"Rob Adams"

“Their superbly matched four fiddle frontline, buoyant string rhythm section and dynamic arrangements, complete with humourously choreographed movements, proved irresistible” - Glasgow Herald


"Jim Byrne"

“This is Blazing Fiddles on steroids! If you like that style of multiple fiddles with interesting and different backings you should look out for Frigg.” - Livingtradition.co.uk


"Frank Hennessy"

“A wonderful outfit – seven artists and when they combine their talents the music is stunning. --- Amazing - I can’t help but sit back and throw up my arms in admiration – fabulous stuff. “ - BBC Radio Wales


"Phil Brown"

“Doesn’t get much hotter than that does it? Fantastic, fantastic band." - BBC Radio Lancashire


"Andrew Cronshaw"

“Galvanic live shows … taking the next leap forward for Finnish fiddle music. … During the recent US tour an appearance on Garrison Keillor’s famous networked radio show A Prairie Home Companion had the studio audience baying for an encore. That’s the way it’s turning out wherever they play.” - fRoots


Discography

Frigg 2002 (CD)
Keidas - Oasis 2005 (CD)
FriggLIVE 2007 (CD)
Economy Class 2008 (CD)

Grannen 2010 (CD)

Polka V 2012 (CD)


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They come from the remote and tiny country of Finland, but the reach of their music has proven to be worldwide. Performing rootsy yet sophisticated blend of Nordic tradition and Americana, the fabulous Frigg have won the hearts of folk music and world music aficionados alike, keeping the audience smiling, nodding and dancing on their lively gigs.

We are trying to bring the joy of the music, Friggs frontman Antti Jrvel said when interviewed on their seventh tour in the USA. Its happy music so why not show it.

The 7-piece group have brought their fast and furious fiddles to almost 400 gigs. Tours in North America, Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK, appearances on major festivals such as Celtic Connections, Glatt und Verkehrt, WOMADelaide and Rainforest World Music Festival, to name just a few.

Also the global world music media have featured Frigg extensively. Articles and reviews on FRoots and Sing Out, live performance on BBC Radio 3, and Top of the World selections on the Songlines magazine have paved the way. Friggs latest album Polka V was selected as the Folk Album of the Year in Finland and nominated for the prestigious Teosto Prize, awarded annually by Finnish composers underlining the fact that Frigg performs mostly original material written by the band members.

While being the leading act of the Nordic fiddle music, Frigg remain true to their roots. These musicians draw their strength first and foremost from the folk music heritage of their own homelands. Nature itself has shaped these age-old traditions that evolved by forests, rivers and fields. In Finland, the fiddling tradition is alive and well in Kaustinen, a small municipality consisted of a string of villages that have given shelter to many a folk musician during the past centuries. One of those villages, Jrvel, gives its name for the most renowned fiddling family of the country. Frigg features no less than three Jrvels, the frontman Antti and his cousins Alina and Esko, who have learnt the tradition first hand from the late Johannes Jrvel (1905-1992) as well as other relatives.

The living tradition aside, the second cornerstone of Frigg's music is innovation. All the musicians of the septet have studied in top-notch music universities like the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where the students are encouraged to compose, arrange and produce music that goes far beyond the conventional limits. Frigg has embraced this adventurous and open-minded attitude absorbing melodies and rhythms from various world music styles such as bluegrass, Celtic and Balkan, among others.

Frigg's line-up is not restricted solely to fiddles, and many of the members are actually multi-instrumentalists. The distinctive sound of the front-row fiddles and the upright bass are complimented by cittern, mandolin, bagpipes and Jew's harp (Petri Prauda) as well as guitar and dobro (Tuomas Logrn).

Frigg are:

Tommi Asplund, fiddle

Tero Hyvluoma, fiddle

Alina Jrvel, fiddle

Antti Jrvel, double bass

Esko Jrvel, fiddle, viola

Tuomas Logren, guitar, dobro

Petri Prauda, cittern, mandolin, bagpipes

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