Helka and Yrjänä Ermala

Helka Ermala has a clear, beautiful voice and plays the harp. Her father Yrjänä Ermala is mainly specialised on flutes and bagpipes. With their band Tulikoira, they perform beautifully melancholic Western-Finnish folk songs.

Yrjänä and Helka have organised the Nordic Harp Meetings 2009 and 2015 in Turku, Finland. They also gave workshops in Finnish folk songs and ballads at the NHM 2011 in Broby (Denmark), 2013 in Järna (Sweden), and 2014 in Gjøvik (Norway).

Finnish song workshop 2011

Description of the workshop they gave at the Nordic Harp Meeting 2015:

This workshop deals with Finnish folksongs, the most beautiful ones we can think of right now, apart from those we have already done in our previous workshops. We are concentrating on songs, for the simplicity of the melodies for the learner, and also because the lyrics add a lot to the athmosphere of the tune. Some people might call the songs sad, but we wouldn’t use such a word – they`re more like Leonard Cohenishly melancholic. All instruments and levels of skill are welcome, however, all you players of tubas, saxes or alphorns please reconsider! These songs are quiet and intimate…

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