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Vellamo_Inari_iso-6928  Ethereal Finnish folk with gorgeous vocals and memorable melodic hooks,

”Baptized by trolls and Norse elves”.

Vellamo is led by the performing and songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is reminiscent of 1960’s folk revival groups such as Richard and Mimi Farina; Peter, Paul, and Mary and Pentangle – but with a Scandinavian twist. It is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia’s ethereal lead vocals and Joni’s virtuosic guitar stylings. In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of the sea. Based in Kokkola, on the western coast of Finland, Vellamo combines the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with an appealing “retro” sensibility, creating a modern folk music experience.


“There’s so much to like about Vellamo’s music, which has a strong, and intensely appealing, retro feel – kinda Trader Horne/first-album Fairport, maybe more than a hint of the Fariñas, with a touch of early-electric-Dylan/McGuinn jangle, get the picture?”

David Kidman / FATEA Magazine (UK)

“Vellamo is a tight unit comfortable in its skin, and the sound and freshness of the recording is akin to studio jazz. Therein is its appeal: Yes the vocal is ethereal, but not always, and the guitar is virtuosic, if on the verge of retro, but there isn’t a single dull moment on Koskenkylä, an album which should be played loud in the garden on a summer’s afternoon”

Tom Mooney, The Echo

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This is the official video for our song “Elämä on hauras”.

Directed, filmed and edited by Pasi Räsänen in 2016.

This is the official video for our song “Suljen”.

Directed, filmed and edited by Pasi Räsänen 2013.