Exposé Online banner

Pihasoittajat — Hattukauppiaan Aamu
(Love Records LRCD 77, 1973/1993, CD)

Pihasoittajat — Kontaten Kotia
(Love Records LRCD 131, 1975/1996, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2000-10-01

Hattukauppiaan Aamu Cover artKontaten Kotia Cover art

These two discs contain material culled from three albums released in the early 70s. The earliest album, Kivinen tie Dublinniin (Rocky Road to Dublin), was released in 1972, and finds this Finnish band performing a selection of mostly Irish tunes like "Banks of the Roses," "Corie Doon," and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" on accordion, tin whistle, banjo, recorder, and bodhran. With Hattukauppiaan Aamu in 1973, Pihasoittajat turned their attention to material from their homeland, using pretty much the same instrumentation with the addition of piano (the credits are in Finnish, so I'm going only by sound here). For Kontaten Kotia in 1975, the band added bass, saxophone, and drums, though the sound does not change dramatically. The sax gives a slightly jazzy tinge to the folk material, bringing to mind what Pentangle might have sounded like singing in Finnish. The vocalists, both male and female, sing well, and there are wonderful harmonies throughout. Both discs have a bouncy, jangly, hippie-folk feel to them that's a little dated, but still enjoyable. It's easy (for me at least) to put my mind back in the frame of mind of the early 70s when I was discovering Fairport Convention and Gryphon, and imagine that I would have really liked this if I'd heard it then. With all the attention NorthSide is giving to the current crop of folk-based artists from the Nordic countries, it's nice to get a glimpse into the past and see something of the background those bands come from.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 20, 1993 releases, 1973 recordings, 1996 releases, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Pihasoittajat

Latest news

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more

2017-12-22
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Anekdoten - Vemod – Anekdoten are a new four piece from Sweden. This album was recorded early this year, and from what I've heard, they have been highly revered by, among others, their countrymen Änglagård. What do...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues