Myllarit are a unique brisk vocal and instrumental band from Petrozavodsk, Karelia. The Finnish Folk Magazine “Uusi Kansanmusiikki” has characterized them as a phenomenon of the New Wave Karelian Folk music.


Myllarit (The Millers) came together in 1992, an outgrowth of the pairing of accordionist Zobnev - described as "a world-class accordionist" in Russian Life's series titled "100 Young Russians to Watch."- with Alexander Bykadorov, who traveled Europe together playing Karelian and Russian folk music in the streets.

The unique sound of Myllarit combines traditional music and poetry of Karelia, the White Sea, Olonets and Ladoga regions, and also Russian songs of the Trans-Onega region, with elements of rock, jazz and world music.

"Karelia represents a rich mixture of so many different cultures," said Zobnev. "Our rather severe climatic conditions help to hone this musical style. It is the music of the Russian pomors (White Sea Coast natives) and Finnish and Karelian songs. It all mixes together and provides food for Myllarit."

Myllarit achieve their main impact on stage with great talent and humour. A radical difference between this group and most of the other Nordic/Russian groups is this group has male, not female, vocals.

They are outstanding live performers for that they are regularly touring in Russia, ex-Soviet Union Republics, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.

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They have taken part in numerous international festivals in Europe and the US, like:

Koskis, Kaustinen, Haapavesi,Ugrijuhlat, Faces, Jutajaiset,
Garage Fest,Folklandia, Kihaus, Hekajuhlat, Taiga Festival,
Celtic Connections, Fringe Festival (Scotland)
Finnish Music Festival, FinnGrandFest,
Finlandia Festival, Duluht International Folk
Watergate Festival (Estonia)
Rockbridge, Carelian Faces, Folk Marathon,
Festival of Modern Folk Music (Russia)
Folk Segovia (Spain)
Poborina Folk (Spain)

Their discography includes six albums.

Myllarit are also very active locally in their hometown Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia, where they support and promote local bands through the Myllarit Center of Musical Initiatives and the organisation of musical events, such as the annual Petrozavodsk Folk Marathon.



From St.Petersburg (1993)
Eta Pravda (1997)
In The Light Of The White Night (1999)
A Voi Voi (2000)
The 10th Spring (2002) (Live Album)
Birth Of An Island (2003)
Metsolan Kuningas (The Lord of The Forest) 2006

Set List

Set list for 60 to 120 minutes