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by Markku Lepistö

Finnish world/folk music with a celtic influences. Markku Lepistö from Värttinä plays accordion with an allstar band from Finland. Great acoustic grooves with beautiful melodies.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aosta
4:04 $0.99
2. Helsinki
5:38 $0.99
3. Finisterre
4:30 $0.99
4. Uusi päivä/New Day
5:10 $0.99
5. Botnia Suite
4:54 $0.99
6. Kettusen mollipolkka
3:29 $0.99
7. Kelhin häät/At Kelhi's wedding
5:00 $0.99
8. Caprice diatonique
3:22 $0.99
9. Prater
2:19 $0.99
10. Saavu/Arrive
4:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
The second solo album by Markku Lepistö, Varttinä’s accordionist, takes him from western Finland to the wide world. Markku’s first much-acclaimed album, Silta ("Bridge"), was a eulogy to his roots in southern Ostrobothnia. This is what Markku has to say about his new album:
"The album Polku ("Path") tells the story of my life since I left the Ostrobothnia region. Along the way there have been ups and downs, rocky paths, rail tracks, plenty of pitch-black highways, crossroads, comings and goings. On my journey I picked up the pictures and landscapes that are played in this recording. This album wouldn't exist without the friends who have shared my journey."

As the years and kilometres have clocked up, Markku has developed his own, fresh language of composition, where Finnish tradition combines in a new way with influences he has collected on his travels round the world. Polku takes the listener from Ostrobothnia via Helsinki to Finisterre, a headland at the end of the world.

The totally acoustic sounds in Polku are rich and ruggedly beautiful.
Over the years, Markku’s band has gelled together well and in Polku they play in a wonderfully easygoing way. There are also two trio pieces, which Markku plays with his fellow Värttinä artists Janne Lappalainen (bouzouki) and Lassi Logrén (nyckelharpa).

Markku Lepistö is one of Finland’s foremost accordionists with many recordings to his credit. Apart from his solo project, Markku plays with the bands Värttinä and Doina Klezmer.



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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Drawing from both subtle and not-so-subtle Celtic influences, Markku Lepistö brings such melodicism and emotionality to the accordion that the most beautiful songbird would be put to shame. Featuring the delicately intimate and strong, forthright folk music of Finland, this talented musician from Värttinä shines with an allstar backup band, including Petri Hakala (mandolin), Jouko Kyhälä (harmonium, harmonicas), Pekka Lehti (bass), Janne Viksten (banjo, guitar), Janne Lappalainen (bouzouki) and Lassi Logren (nyckelharpa). Light and fresh, simply arranged with conviction and sensitivity, Polku/Path keeps ears attentive for all ten tracks.